May 2003 Table of Contents

Become an Award-Winning Builder Become an Award-Winning Builder

A successful remodeler explains how to go about winning awards and how it pays off in customer trust and satisfaction. Read more

Framing an Octagonal Roof Framing an Octagonal Roof

A master framer safely cuts and assembles a complex bell-shaped turret roof in comfort on the ground before finishing the job with a crane. Read more

High-Tech Office in a Truck High-Tech Office in a Truck

From returning phone calls to getting change-order approvals, this remodeler makes his time in the field twice as productive. Read more

Tool Test: Fixed-Base Routers Tool Test: Fixed-Base Routers

Fixed-base routers now come with variable-speed switches, soft-start, and precision depth control. Here's a review of available models. Read more

Smarter Site Work with Geosynthetics Smarter Site Work with Geosynthetics

These tough plastic fabrics and grids take some of the uncertainty out of drainage, retaining walls, and other earth work. Read more

Working with Flexible Trim Working with Flexible Trim

Bendable polyester moldings can add a high-end look on a production budget. A veteran trim carpenter reveals some tricks for using them effectively. Read more


Nails as brick ties, rainscreen siding details, vermiculite insulation, swelling of OSB panels Read more

In the News In the News

Wood dust cancer, EPA stormwater rules, septic alternatives, new salvaged wood supply, solar electric resurgence Read more

Q & A
Q&A:Photo Documentation Tools

Q. I'm involved in historic restoration and annually shoot a couple of hundred images. I'm looking for a simple (and inexpensive) software that will allow me to take the photos and do markups for comparison. What do you recommend? Read more

Q&A:Moisture in Post-and-Beam Home

Q. The owners of a post-and-beam we've just completed are having a condensation problem on the inside of the windows. The colder it gets, the more ice develops on the glass, to the point the windows won't open. We used good-quality windows. The temperatur Read more

Q&A:Competing in a Small Market

Q. I'm a general contractor in a small town where there are many licensed contractors, which makes competition fierce. Some local contractors seem to think the way to do business is to give their materials away at cost and to charge $25 per hour for labor Read more

Eaves Vents With No Soffits Eaves Vents With No Soffits

Q. I'm reroofing and residing a small home with no soffits. The customer wants to add attic ventilation. I have no problem adding the ridge vents, but there is no soffit overhang to put the eaves vents in. In fact, to have enough space for the vinyl J-cha Read more

Q&A: Extractive Bleeding on Cedar Siding

Q. I recently installed 20,000 square feet of 1/2x4-inch cedar siding, rough side out, on a project in Connecticut. The exterior wall construction was 6-inch metal steel studs sheathed with 5/8-inch exterior plywood and covered with building wrap. Inside, Read more

Business: Controlling Costs With Design-Build

Controlling costs with design-build Read more

Legal: When a Promise Becomes a Warranty

When does a promise become a warranty? Read more

Computers: Share and Share Alike: Setting Up a File Server Computers: Share and Share Alike: Setting Up a File Server

Efficient, streamlined file sharing with a file server Read more

Kitchen & Bath

High-strength underlayment, low-slope roof solution, new roof nailer, easy rainscreen, frozen pipe protection, preassembled handrail, more Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: 3x21-Inch Belt Sanders

No Pain, No Grain: These new belt sanders run smooth, straight, and clean and take some of the pain out of sanding. Read more

Tool Test: Routers

Two for One: Router conversion kits offer plunge- and fixed-base routers in one package. Read more

Backfill: Slipcover Stairs Backfill: Slipcover Stairs

Shop-built custom stairs Read more

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