March 2005 Table of Contents

Features
Job Log: Adding a Walkout Basement Job Log: Adding a Walkout Basement

Supporting this home's brick veneer while cutting through the concrete foundation required careful planning and good temporary support. Read more

Creating A Company Report Card Creating A Company Report Card

Pivot tables allow you to analyze your numbers any way you want. Here's how to build one. Read more

On Site With Form-A-Drain On Site With Form-A-Drain

This modular plastic footing form doubles as a perimeter drain. Read more

Tool Test: Paper-Collated Clipped-Head Nailers Tool Test: Paper-Collated Clipped-Head Nailers

The best guns are compact, have built-in rafter hooks, and won't fire when empty. Read more

Repairing Fire Damage Repairing Fire Damage

Assessing the damage and making repairs is challenging enough, but you've also got to get rid of that smell. Read more

Installing Solar Electric Power Installing Solar Electric Power

A photovoltaic system should be properly sized, built to code, and installed so the roof doesn't leak. Read more

Letters
Letters

Cooling vs. dehumidification; building paper and code; manufactured stone; sub-slab moisture membrane; more Read more

Q & A
Ventilation vs. Eaves Blocking in Seismic Zones Ventilation vs. Eaves Blocking in Seismic Zones

Q. I have a question about the hidden soffit vent details you've published recently (Backfill, 7/04; Letters, 10/04). Is it possible to build this so that you get a positive transfer of lateral loads from the roof sheathing to the frieze blocking and into Read more

Q&A Demo Near Post-Tension Cables

Q. What precautions should you take when tearing out a post-tensioned slab? What are the risks? We are pouring a large post-tensioned slab, and while there is no demo involved at this stage, I would like to know how to proceed in case there is a plumbing Read more

Design
Where Eaves Meet Rake Design Where Eaves Meet Rake

The roof can be one of the most defining elements of a house: Look at any child's drawing, where a strong triangle atop a box is likely to say "home." Read more

Business
A Handyman's Guide to Self-Preservation Business A Handyman's Guide to Self-Preservation

Keeping Tabs on Income Read more

Legal
Know When To Walk and When Not To Legal Know When To Walk and When Not To

Just as it sounds, "breach of contract" means that someone has not done what he contractually promised to do. But a breach of contract does not automatically mean that the contract is dead — that is, unenforceable. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Water heaters; cabinet hardware Read more

Products
Products

No-sweat copper fittings; painter's friend; door hardware; deck and porch railings; insulation Read more

Toolbox
Hilti Drywall Screw Guns Toolbox Hilti Drywall Screw Guns

Hilti drywall screw guns; tool organization; safety gear Read more

Backfill
JLC Field Guide
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