August 2003 Table of Contents

Providing Employee Benefits Providing Employee Benefits

The owner of a remodeling business tells how the company institutes and manages benefits to attract and keep quality employees. Read more

Spray Foam Insulation Spray Foam Insulation

Forget the separate air barrier, and hold the vapor retarder: Sprayed-in-place polyurethane foam takes the place of both and offers increased structural stiffness as well as other benefits Read more

Safety Lessons Safety Lessons

Working safely may cost a few dollars in the short run, but the ultimate price of an on-the-job accident can be incalculable. Five construction veterans tell what went wrong for them, and why. Read more

10-Inch Portable Table Saws 10-Inch Portable Table Saws

The newest 10-inch job-site table saws combine the rip capacity of contractor models with the portability of 81/4-inch machines. JLC compares seven models. Read more

Attaching Deck Ledgers Attaching Deck Ledgers

Problems with deck attachment are common and the issues complex. Three experts home in on the forces at work between the deck ledger and the band joist and offer connection details that will support anticipated loads. Read more

Letters Letters

Tiling over laminate, decking tips, solar incentives, precast chimneys, ANSI water heater spec Read more

In The News In The News

Buffalo's flawed foundations, soggy building season, blast-resistant insulating windows, sealed crawlspaces, N.Y. scaffold law Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Recoating Wood Floors

Q. We're renovating a home with hardwood floors that are somewhat worn and lack luster but don't seem to need resanding. Is there a way to restore the finish without sanding? Read more

Q&A: Cleaning Grout

Q. I have a client who had a tile floor put down a few years ago. The tile installer told her the grout already had a sealer in it so no additional sealer was ever put on. Now the grout is stained, and she has been trying to clean it with bleach (the grout is white) but cannot stand the fumes. Is there anything that can be used to clean the grout that would be fairly simple to use and not smell too bad? Read more

Q&A: Lumber Choices

Q. I recently requested a quote for 1x4 T&G fir for a covered porch. The lumber supplier added two new species, meranti and Brazilian redwood, to the quote list. How do those woods stack up against Douglas fir, which has been used traditionally for porch floors in my area? I plan to paint all sides of the flooring. Read more

Business: Heard at the Show Business: Heard at the Show

Heard and seen at JLC Live Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath Kitchen & Bath

Kitchen faucets and shower doors Read more

Products Products

Push-on wire nuts, invisible deck fasteners, good-looking gutters, caulks, sealants & adhesives, drywall products Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Tool-toting nylon vest, plus table saw tuneup, levels, and truck gear Read more

Backfill: Bay Window by the Bay Backfill: Bay Window by the Bay

Boat hulls inspire bay window Read more

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