February 2003 Table of Contents

Choosing Entry-Door Hardware

For the best door security, install a deadbolt, reinforce the strike plate and tie it into the frame, and use forged, hardened, and corrosion-resistant lock components. Read more

Putting the Web to Work Putting the Web to Work

From proposals to invoices, a custom home builder tells how almost any document can be shared online with everyone involved in a project. Read more

Realistic Scheduling for Remodelers Realistic Scheduling for Remodelers

The owner and production manager of a high-end remodeling company tell how they build schedules they can stick to. Read more

Repairing Wooden Fences Repairing Wooden Fences

A fence repair specialist explains the basics of a profitable remodeler's niche. Read more

Simple Frame & Panel Trim Simple Frame & Panel Trim

With detailed planning and a few specialized tools, Craftsman-style wood paneling can be created on a production schedule and moderate budget. Read more

Venting Gas Appliances Venting Gas Appliances

Supply plenty of combustion air, keep the flue warm and dry, and don't restrict the flow of exhaust in the flue. Read more


Smart wiring, bad gasoline, caught with our barn door open, speaking English on the job Read more

In The News In The News

Radiant-floor study, builder absolved in liability case, asphalt fumes not carcinogenic, high-tech pigments for cool roofs, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Is It Necessary to Compact Slab Sub-Base? Q&A: Is It Necessary to Compact Slab Sub-Base?

Q. We need to pour a 24x24-foot concrete slab for an attached garage next to a precast foundation. The precast walls are 9 feet and 4 feet tall (see photo). Unfortunately, the trench overdig is 7 feet deep and as much as 4 feet wide in some places. We would prefer to avoid backfilling and tamping such a huge void. Is there another more cost-effective option? Read more

Q&A: Placing Wall Receptacles

Q. An old house I'm working on has too few wall outlets to meet code. What are the rules for spacing and positioning of new outlets? Can I place them in the baseboard trim? Read more

Q&A: Ice Buildup Problem

Q. We built a custom home for a client in west Michigan a couple of years ago, and the home has had problems with ice ever since. It's a 1,450-square-foot ranch with cathedral ceilings and many can lights throughout. We used blown fiberglass insulation in the ceiling assemblies. From the beginning, the can lights (IC-rated) overheated and tripped their thermal-protection breakers. We finally resorted to pulling the insulation away from the housing of the can lights so they TAs a result, the heat from these lights now warms up the roof and has created a horrible ice problem instead. Last fall we even added four pot vents to the back of the roof in addition to the soffit-to-ridge venting. The homeowner called to report that the pot vents have improved the situation but not completely. I drive by this home frequently and see ice buildup there while other homes in the area are ice free. Read more

Q&A: Housewrap in Hot, Humid Climates

Q. I'm in discussions with an architect regarding the pros and cons of using Grace Ice and Water Shield or a similar membrane material as a housewrap. These materials are more expensive than Tyvek or 15# felt but can't be beat when it comes to the wind-driven rain we get here in the Florida Panhandle. My architect has cited Paul Fisette's articles on felt, housewraps, and flashings as his reason for requiring felt ("Making Walls Watertight," 12/95; "Housewrap vs. Felt," 11/98). But Paul Fisette works in a "heating" climate, not a "cooling" climate like ours. Would he recommend different details for a hot, humid climate? Read more

By Design: Stick-Framed Look on a Truss Budget By Design: Stick-Framed Look on a Truss Budget

Getting a stick-framed look on a truss budget Read more

Legal: Do You Have to Pay Overtime?

Do you have to pay overtime? Read more

Computers: Your First Router Computers: Your First Router

Buying a data-com router Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Products Products

Powder-actuated fastening system, tool hauler, stainless truck rack, metric ridge vent, improved pipe wrench, safer paint stripper, one-handed clamp, bifocal safety specs Read more

Toolbox: Easier Air Sealing Toolbox: Easier Air Sealing

Flexible Products foam gun, Metabo Power Grip screwdriver, Permit Caddy, Bunny Plane, JoistMate Read more

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