May 2004 Table of Contents

Features
A Builder's Guide to Computer Hardware A Builder's Guide to Computer Hardware

When buying IT equipment, bigger and faster are not always better. Our technology expert tells how to get the most bang for your buck. Read more

Framing a Round Tower Framing a Round Tower

A Long Island contractor uses preassembled framing and a forklift to build a dramatic circular stairwell. Read more

Helical Pier Foundations for Problem Sites Helical Pier Foundations for Problem Sites

Where space is tight or soils are unstable, building on helical piers can save time and money. A Colorado remodeler who specializes in room additions explains. Read more

Installing Residential Elevators Installing Residential Elevators

A second-generation elevator installer lays out what GCs need to know to prepare for and coordinate the installation of residential elevators. Read more

Success With Spanish-Speaking Employees

Three builders who employ mostly Spanish-speaking workers answer questions about communication, safety, cultural differences, and other matters. Read more

Rooftop Decks for Coastal Homes Rooftop Decks for Coastal Homes

Building a deck over living space can be a tricky proposition. An architect and builder describes his method for suspending the deck framing from parapet walls, above an EPDM rubber membrane roof. Read more

Letters
Letters Letters

Wormdrive clarification, deck ledger connections, shredded framing, on-site septic Read more

News
In the News In the News

Wormdrive clarification, deck ledger connections, shredded framing, on-site septic Read more

Q & A
Right Tools for Hanging Doors Q&A Right Tools for Hanging Doors

Q. I typically use prehung doors, but I'm building a project where I'll need to hang a dozen or more 13/8-inch 6-8 interior door slabs in 3/4-inch-thick custom poplar jambs. I also have to bore and install the cylinder passage sets. Could you advise me ho Read more

Q&A: Moss on Cedar Shingles

Q. How can I kill moss growing on cedar shake roofs? And after I've killed the moss, what can I put on the roof to keep it from growing again? Read more

Q&A Gutters in Cold Climes

Q. The jury still seems to be out as to whether to install gutters in a northern climate. Could you please shed some light on this, especially as to how omitting gutters would contribute to leaky basements? Read more

Design
Creating a Sense of Shelter on a Large Lot Design Creating a Sense of Shelter on a Large Lot

Designers sometimes use the phrase "prospect and refuge" to describe a pleasing environment that offers a good view of its surroundings while still providing a comforting sense of shelter. Read more

Business
Business Getting Into Light Commercial Work

Have you ever been walking through a shopping mall where a new store was being built and wondered what it would be like to do that kind of work? Like residential work, commercial jobs have their challenges and rewards, but the work isn't for everyone. Read more

Legal
Legal Drug Testing Employess

Keeping up with tile standards; simple mosaics; laminates; decorative hardware Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath Kitchen & Bath

Keeping up with tile standards; simple mosaics; laminates; decorative hardware Read more

Products
Products

Vibrant vinyl, inswing french doors, fire-stopping foam; exterior trim; water heaters; surface protection Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Toolbox

Bosch compact belt sander; quick coping for flat moldings; hand-carry compressors; metal-working tools Read more

Backfill
Ramping Up Backfill Ramping Up

Handicapped-accessible treehouses Read more

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