August 2004 Table of Contents

Building a Timber Barn Building a Timber Barn

For customers who want the look of a timber-frame outbuilding without the cost, this Massachussetts builder has developed a straightforward approach to stick framing with heavy timbers. Read more

Cast-In-Place Concrete Counters Cast-In-Place Concrete Counters

Forming concrete counters on-site requires careful preparation and perfect timing. A third-generation concrete contractor shares his secrets for getting the job done right. Read more

Fitting Up a Custom Saw Trailer Fitting Up a Custom Saw Trailer

Nothing like rolling the shop to the job to slash setup time. A GC tells how he built a custom saw trailer with a 14-inch radial arm saw, a large-capacity air compressor, and tons of storage space. Read more

Fixing a Wet Crawlspace Fixing a Wet Crawlspace

A crawlspace expert describes how he turned a damp bug- and mold-infested crawlspace into a clean, dry, sealed environment. Read more

Tool Test: Stacked-Tank Compressors Tool Test: Stacked-Tank Compressors

Air compressors vary in terms of portability, noise output, recovery time, and ease-of-use. We sent ten twin stacked-tank models out in the field to find out which ones deliver; here's our report. Read more

Time-Saving Tools For Framers and Finish Carpenters

Trying to speed production and increase accuracy on the job? These tools deserve a look. Read more


Protecting deck ledger with membrane; house trap follow up; Spanish language resources; in praise of change orders; more Read more

In the News In the News

Disaster narrowly averted in deck collapse; lumber price outlook; condo franchise reaps profits for custom builder; Colorado construction liability reform faces voter threat; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Cost-Effectiveness of Solar Equipment

Q. How cost-effective are solar panels? Read more

Q&A: Setting Ceramic Tile Over Long-Span Steel Joists Q&A: Setting Ceramic Tile Over Long-Span Steel Joists

Q. The plans for a new house call for saltillo tile over a 3/4-inch plywood subfloor with 1/2-inch concrete backerboard (Durock) thinset and screwed to the plywood. The floor joists are Dietrich Trade Ready Floor System 12-gauge steel joists at 16 inches Read more

Business Determining Labor Productivity Rates

I recently asked the participants in jlconline's Estimating and Takeoff forum what part of the estimating process was most difficult for them. The nearly unanimous answer was "estimating labor costs." Read more

Legal How Long Should You Keep Business Records?

What should you do with all those old business records that you store in file cabinets, boxes, and stacks in the corner? Do you have to keep them forever? Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Pro-style gas ranges; vanities Read more

Products Products

AC products; interior doors; TrussLock screws Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Bosch 1590 EVS jigsaw; Porter-Cable 324 MAG circular saw; specialty nailers, concrete tools Read more

Hmmm...And That Louis XIV Chair Would Make an Excellent Drill Press Backfill Hmmm...And That Louis XIV Chair Would Make an Excellent Drill Press

An antique chest becomes a homemade table saw Read more

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