February 2004 Table of Contents

Decorative Floors With Polymer Overlays Decorative Floors With Polymer Overlays

Thin polymer-modified cement toppings allow this contractor to produce decorative concrete surfaces even over wood-framed floors. Read more

Installing Metal Shingles Installing Metal Shingles

There's more to metal roofing than standing seam and ag panels. An experienced remodeler provides an overview of roofing with aluminum shingles. Read more

An Invisible Tile Access Panel An Invisible Tile Access Panel

Installing and tiling a whirlpool tub often means undoing someone else's work. A veteran tile contractor tells how he copes with sequence problems and provides future access to the pump. Read more

Shearwalls for Coastal Homes Shearwalls for Coastal Homes

A design-build contractor explains how to meet the International Code's new coastal wind-load requirements by using shearwalls that work with your design, not against it. Read more

Tool Test: Worm Drive Saws Tool Test: Worm Drive Saws

A West Coast framer tested eight 7 1/4-inch wormdrive saws to see how the newer models stack up against the old standbys. Here are his results. Read more


Crawlspace insulation & fire codes, nail gun injuries, fiber-cement siding Read more

Q & A
Supplying Power to an Outbuilding Q&A Supplying Power to an Outbuilding

Q. What's the right way to deliver power to an outbuilding? I'd like to have a panel capable of powering a small shop. Read more

Q&A Should Floor Trusses Be Attached to Walls Below?

Q. What is the proper way to attach an interior basement wall to floor trusses ? both perpendicular walls and walls that run parallel with the bottom chord and fall between the trusses. I have been told to nail directly to the trusses, and I have bee Read more

Q&A Adequate Compaction

Q. When compacting a gravel base for a slab, how can you tell when the gravel is compact enough? Read more

Using Cost Books for Estimating Business Using Cost Books for Estimating

As moderator of the estimating forum at jlconline.com, I'm often asked if cost books are a reliable way to get cost figures to use for estimating. There are many cost books available, updated yearly, by RS Means, Craftsman, BNI, Saylor's, HomeTech, and others. Read more

Legal When Hidden Conditions Are Hazardous Materials

When hidden conditions turn out to be hazardous materials Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Cabinets; lavatories Read more


Embedded truss anchors, diminutive boiler, compressor relief; metal roofing; skylights Read more

Toolbox: Ridgid R2600 Sander Toolbox: Ridgid R2600 Sander

Ridgid R2600 sander, corded Hatchet; routers & accessories; sanders Read more

Paver Art Backfill Paver Art

Custom concrete pavers Read more

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