November 2003 Table of Contents

Doing Vinyl Right Doing Vinyl Right

When it comes to giving vinyl an authentic period look, the right details make all the difference. Read more

Framing With Light-Gauge Steel Framing With Light-Gauge Steel

Steel won't rot or get eaten by termites, and every piece is perfectly straight. A contractor who switched from wood to light-gauge steel discusses the differences and similarities between the two. Read more

Installing an Ornamental Tile Floor Installing an Ornamental Tile Floor

A stiff, strong subfloor and an accurate layout add up to a top-quality tile floor. A veteran tilesetter explains his approach. Read more

Replacing Factory-Built Fireplaces Replacing Factory-Built Fireplaces

When a prefab fireplace wears out, the only solution is to remove it and install a new one. Here are some tips from a specialist. Read more

Running a Production Trim Business Running a Production Trim Business

An interior trim carpenter whose company specializes in servicing large national builders tells how to produce a high-quality interior finish quickly and efficiently. Read more


Job safety, fire protection for foam, deck ledgers Read more

In the News In the News

Lumber prices double, Consumer Reports rates building materials, Canadian study finds window leaks, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Stucco Over Concrete

Q. I'd like to finish the above-grade portion of a poured-concrete foundation with a color coat of stucco. The broken-off snap-ties are visible and are slightly rusty. Do I need to treat these with anything before I apply the stucco to prevent a rust stai Read more

Energy Payback From Instantaneous Water Heaters

Q. Do the energy savings provided by instantaneous gas water heaters justify their higher cost? Read more

Q&A: Detecting Live Romex

Q. I'm a remodeler and often work around existing wiring. What's the most practical and inexpensive tool for detecting live current in either romex or wire in a metal conduit? Can you detect current inside the conduit without opening the conduit? Read more

Q&A: Venting Bath Fan Into Soffit Not a Good Idea

Q. It has become common practice in new construction around Nashville to vent bathroom fans into a nearby soffit. One problem is that the vent often gets covered with vinyl or metal soffit because the siding crew doesn't want to cut a hole in the finished Read more

Legal: Do You Want to Be the Second Contractor on a Job?

Do you want to be the second contractor on a job? Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath Kitchen & Bath

Towel warmers, range hoods Read more

Products Products

Decks & railings, insulation & air sealing, door hardware Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Senco screw gun, Milwaukee metal-cutting saw, siding tools, cold weather gear Read more

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