June 2004 Table of Contents

Features
Creating High-End Interiors With MDF Creating High-End Interiors With MDF

Though it costs less than wood, MDF is arguably a better material for a paint-grade job. Here are some design and installation tips. Read more

Estimating Finish Carpentry Estimating Finish Carpentry

A simple spreadsheet is the backbone of this estimating method, but the daily job log provides the critical labor data to ensure accurate, profitable bids. Read more

Framing a Cross-Vault Ceiling Framing a Cross-Vault Ceiling

A custom builder breaks down this tricky decorative ceiling treatment into simple, logical steps. Read more

Landscape Lighting - Continued Landscape Lighting - Continued

Retrofitting a multihead shower; shower enclosures; refrigerators Read more

Max Powerlite High-Pressure Nailer Max Powerlite High-Pressure Nailer

Max's new high-pressure coil nailer performs remarkably well on the job site, but is it worth the expense? A framing contractor weighs in. Read more

Replacing Windows in Stucco Walls Replacing Windows in Stucco Walls

A Northern California stucco contractor explains how to install a new window in an existing stucco exterior without causing leaks. Read more

Tool Test: Round-Head Stick Nailers Tool Test: Round-Head Stick Nailers

A West Coast framer compares 11 guns, looking for a tool that's versatile enough for both general framing and nailing shear panel Read more

Letters
Letters

Shearwall schedules, truss spacing, light-gauge steel correction Read more

News
In the News In the News

Job-site theft on the rise, lumber trade deadlock, hybrid glulam, DOE reintroduces SEER-13 efficiency standard, protecting frogs in California Read more

Q & A
Q&A Waterproofing ICFs

Q. Is there a spray-on waterproofing that's compatible with ICF foundations ? that won't "melt" the polystyrene? Read more

Q&A Durability of Cedars

Q. I'm pricing cedar for a replacement deck that was formerly built with treated yellow pine. A local supplier is telling me his "northern white" cedar will last far longer than "Alaskan" cedar, which I can purchase for about half the price. Is there real Read more

Shower Pan on a Slab Q&A Shower Pan on a Slab

Q. While I was removing the old tile from a concrete shower pan in a slab foundation, a portion of the 1x5-inch raised concrete lip separated from the slab below. It appears that the lip was formed and placed on top of the slab, and there is nothing tying Read more

Design
Making Windows Fit Design Making Windows Fit

It's easy to get carried away with window placement in a house design and end up with a jumbled-looking facade. This article illustrates some simple guidelines for making windows compatible with the other elements of a house. Read more

Business
Business Business

Tracking job changes, tough love for young businesses, keeping labor codes practical Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Retrofitting a Multihead Shower Kitchen & Bath Retrofitting a Multihead Shower

Retrofitting a multihead shower; shower enclosures; refrigerators Read more

Products
Products

Wrap-around shades, compact truck rack, sleek wallplates; decking; pneumatic fasteners Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Toolbox

DrillSpotter exit hole locator, Wobble Light, gatemouth tool bag; layout tools; compactors Read more

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