September 2004 Table of Contents

Features
Gang-Cutting Rafters Gang-Cutting Rafters

Designing dormers that fit Read more

Heavy Lifting: A Housemover's Journal Heavy Lifting: A Housemover's Journal

A Massachusetts building mover details the process of lifting a 1772 post-and-beam house completely intact, transporting it over land and water, and setting it to rest at its new home. Read more

Installing an Electric-Radiant Tile Floor Installing an Electric-Radiant Tile Floor

Electric-resistance tile-warming systems can increase comfort in the kitchen and bath without greatly increasing the client's electric bill. A tilesetter shares his method for a foolproof installation. Read more

Lead-Safe Remodeling With Dust-Containment and Meticulous Cleanup Lead-Safe Remodeling With Dust-Containment and Meticulous Cleanup

The dangers of lead exposure are well documented, so it makes sense to take precautions when disturbing old paint. A restoration carpenter discusses legal liability and shares practical measures for minimizing the risk. Read more

Tool Test: Portable Thickness Planers Tool Test: Portable Thickness Planers

We compare seven popular thickness planers for cutting capacity, power, quality of cut, portability, and noise output. Here's how they stack up. Read more

Letters
Letters

Copper compatibility with ACQ; painting stucco; Hispanic labor; arch formula; tile showers; more Read more

News
In the News In the News

Another deck collapse; problems with painting stucco; translucent concrete; more Read more

Q & A
Bamboo Floor Not as Hard as Claimed? Q&A Bamboo Floor Not as Hard as Claimed?

Lightweight pneumatic hose; paint for fiber cement; wet-dry central vac; landscaping products; metal stairs; fire prevention products Read more

Q&A Housewrap & Building Code

Q. I have read conflicting reports about the use of housewrap. Does the building code actually require the use of housewrap under siding? Read more

Q&A Radon Resources

Q.Where can I obtain information about radon gas, its effects, and what products will prevent emissions from coming up through slab foundations? Read more

Q&A Ice Dams in Valleys

Q. I need to fix a problem with ice dams in a new house. The ice dams form in two valleys over a cathedral ceiling and are causing leaks. The roof is standing-seam metal, and there is not enough venting in the valley area. Is there a solution short of tea Read more

Design
Dormers by Design Design Dormers by Design

Some of the most appealing interior spaces are those created under a roof that has been sensitively fitted with dormers. Nestled at treetop level, these spaces are formed by the sloped, sheltering surfaces of the primary roof and the walls of the dormers, which admit daylight. Read more

Business
Business Business

Moving the schedule from paper to the computer; taking credit cards; protecting against plywood and lumber price spikes Read more

Legal
When You Have To Terminate a Contract Legal When You Have To Terminate a Contract

A short time ago I got a call from a builder with whom I've worked for many years. He usually seeks legal advice before jumping into something new, but this time he was a bit slow to check in. The builder had terminated a homeowner's renovation contract before the work was complete and was being sued for $200,000 in damages. Read more

Resources
Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Shower spas; microwave ovens Read more

Products
Products

Lightweight pneumatic hose; paint for fiber cement; wet-dry central vac; landscaping products; metal stairs; fire prevention products Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Toolbox

Panasonic 18-volt kit; Porter-Cable compressor on wheels; Milwaukee 14.4-volt cordless drill; powder-actuated tools; vinyl siding tools Read more

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