September 2003 Table of Contents

Heating with Panel Radiators Heating with Panel Radiators

These compact units provide the comfort and simplicity of baseboard radiators without gobbling up all the available wall space. Read more

Salvaging Building Material Salvaging Building Material

A carpenter turned salvage contractor tells how he turns a profit keeping used materials out of the landfill, and shares some methods for removing common salvage items without damage. Read more

New Products from the Kitchen & Bath Show

Dazzle clients with your understanding of this year's crop of bigger, smarter, hotter, and cooler kitchen appliances. Read more

Segmental Block Retaining Walls Segmental Block Retaining Walls

Longer lasting than timber and more user friendly than stone, segmental block retaining walls combine good looks with great structural stability. Read more

A Close Look at Stucco A Close Look at Stucco

Traditional three-coat, one-coat, or EIFS, stucco is only as reliable as the water-management details behind it. A second- generation stucco contractor identifies common problems and offers proven solutions. Read more

Letters Letters

Deck details, defending gable vents, screening chimney pots Read more

In the News In the News

Fatal porch collapse highlights flimsy connections, self-draining housewrap, new wood preservatives raise corrosion questions Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Shallow Foundation for Flat Site Q&A: Shallow Foundation for Flat Site

Q. I have a client who wants me to build a 30x40-foot unheated barn-garage with a slab floor. The area where the building will sit is very flat, with no lower terrain nearby, so it's not feasible to build a typical 4-foot stem wall with a daylight drain. Frost depth is 48 inches around here (northern Vermont). I wonder if a shallow frost-protected slab would work in this application. Do I need to thicken the edges? And do I need a rebar grid in the slab? Read more

Q&A: Insulating Around Knob-and-Tube

Q. I am remodeling a 1920s house that has the original knob-and-tube wiring. I would like to blow cellulose into the stud cavities but am guessing that it's not safe to do that with the exposed wiring in the cavities. What does code say? Read more

Q&A: OSB as Carpet Substrate?

Q. Why can't I use 7/16-inch OSB over 1-inch rough pine boards for carpet underlayment? Read more

Business: Healing Your Inner Underestimator

Healing your inner underestimator Read more

Legal: Death of a Contractor

Death of a contractor Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath Kitchen & Bath

Cooktops and bath fixtures Read more

Products Products

Heat pumps, siding and accessories, lighting, interior millwork products, more Read more

Toolbox: Power Handsaw Toolbox: Power Handsaw

Power handsaw, plus ladders and scaffolding, drill bits, and safety gear Read more

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