January 2003 Table of Contents

Decorative Concrete Decorative Concrete

Why settle for the standard gray stuff? Today's concrete can be treated to resemble more expensive materials like flagstone and tile or to produce unique abstract effects. Read more

Getting Into Modular Construction Getting Into Modular Construction

Building modular homes speeds production, increases quality control, and reduces paperwork, according to this stick builder who made the switch. Read more

Hiring an Architect Hiring an Architect

A remodeling contractor describes how collaborating with a good design professional allows his company to offer superior service to clients. Read more

Metal Roofing Options Metal Roofing Options

Metal roofing is durable, attractive, and available in a wide range of styles, from basic galvanized panels to shakes, shingles, and tiles. Read more

Stabilizing Basement Walls with Steel I-Beams Stabilizing Basement Walls with Steel I-Beams

A foundation repair contractor shows how steel I-beams, placed vertically against the basement wall, can prevent soil pressure from pushing in a cracked wall. Read more

Letters Letters

Steel header retrofit, retaining wall basics, fly ash concrete, in praise of Palms, more Read more

In the News

More on mold, lead paint lawsuits, PEX sprinkler systems, NAHB low-flow toilet study, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Flashing an Arched Window Q&A: Flashing an Arched Window

Q. What's the best way to flash an arch-topped window? Read more

Q&A: Drywall Nail Pops

Q. We're getting more nail pops in our drywall applications this year than ever before. I've been told that as wood gains moisture, it swells and squeezes the nail out of the nail hole. Are all these nail pops caused by excessive moisture in the house? Ho Read more

Q&A: Sinking Foundation

Q. I'm looking at a wood frame house with a block foundation that is settling. The basement wall sits on a 20-inch-wide concrete footing, but someone later poured a concrete brick shelf from footing to grade and then put brick veneer siding on the house. Read more

Q&A: Ceramic Tile on Basement Slab

Q. What's the best way to vapor-seal a basement slab before tiling over it? Read more

Q&A: Will Wax Protect Wood Floors?

Q. I'm building a new home for a couple who want to finish their hardwood floors with wax, the way it used to be done. When they recently refinished the polyurethane-topped floors in their existing home, they were upset that they had to move all their fur Read more

Q&A: Insulating a Floor Over an Unheated Garage

Q. Any suggestions on the best way to insulate the ceiling of a garage? The garage will have an in-law suite above, with living, sleeping, and bath areas. The floor construction will be 2x10 joists, or possibly 117/16-inch wood I-joists. I'm especially co Read more

Strictly Business: Setting Up an OCRA

Setting up an operating capital reserve account Read more

Resources: The Inner House Resources: The Inner House

Patterns of Home and Habitat for Humanity's How to Build a House Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Products Products

Cleaner generator, debris hauler, slower epoxy, rugged window, self-leveling rotary laser, skylights Read more


Aftermarket battery packs, Third Hand support tool Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test : Cordless Drill/Drivers

Our tester compares 10 cordless drill/drivers for speed, power, and performance. Read more

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