October 2004 Table of Contents

Air Conditioning for Humid Climates Air Conditioning for Humid Climates

Balancing cooling with humidity control is a tough job in the coastal South. A North Carolina hvac pro explains how the latest generation of cooling equipment meets the challenge. Read more

Building a Custom Saw Station Building a Custom Saw Station

This sturdy, portable chop-saw stand speeds finish carpentry while getting rid of the dust. Read more

Making Old Stucco Look New Making Old Stucco Look New

A Northern California stucco contractor describes how he uses foam-based trim and pigmented finish coats to revitalize tired stucco exteriors. Read more

Rescuing a Block Foundation Rescuing a Block Foundation

Two foundation remediation specialists show how they use an engineered system of pin piles and wall ties to give new life to a failing foundation. Read more

Hurricane-Rated Windows Hurricane-Rated Windows

Storm-resistant windows are now required by code all along the eastern seaboard. Here's an overview of how these beefed-up units work to keep storm pressures out of the structure. Read more

Letters Letters

Fee impact in California; where to find adjustable wall braces; decimal pitch conversion; hidden soffit vent details; more Read more

In the News In the News

Lessons from Hurricane Charley; stray voltage zaps homeowners; building code comes to Pennsylvania; NAFTA panel slams U.S. on tariffs Read more

Q & A
Can You Rip LVL? Q&A Can You Rip LVL?

Q. The building codes don't allow you to rip graded lumber to a narrower width (to make a 2x6 and a 2x4 out of a 2x10, for example). But what about ripping LVL? Read more

Q&A Insulating Basement Walls

Q. I'm doing a basement remodel and am thinking of finishing the block foundation walls by painting the masonry with Drylok, then adhering 4-mil poly over that. Next, I plan to fur the walls with Z-studs, put 2 inches of foil-faced polyiso board between t Read more

Q&A Mice and Insulation

Q. Is there any way to can keep mice out of insulation? I am working on a remote cabin in southern Illinois, and the mice seem to come and go at will. I'm getting ready to insulate another room and I don't want to provide new places for the rodents to nes Read more


Accrual vs. cash accounting; finding the best remodeling customers Read more

Legal What Happens When You Go to Arbitration?

The ins and outs of arbitration Read more

Computers Computers

Hooking up remotely; easy project collaboration with SharePoint Read more

Practical Engineering: Resisting Tornado Damage Practical Engineering: Resisting Tornado Damage

This APA storm report shows that structural sheathing, metal connectors, and strong garage walls can increase the likelihood that a home will survive all but the most powerful storms. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Adding a Second Water Heater Kitchen & Bath Adding a Second Water Heater

Adding a second water heater; laminate flooring Read more


Protective glass coating; blueprint protector; glues and adhesives; basement finishing products Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Senco brad-nailer value pack; Hilti PD30 laser measuring device; drywall tools; plumbing tools Read more

Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Flange Backfill Unstoppable Force Meets Immovable Flange

Remodeler takes on toilet flange Read more

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