November 2005 Table of Contents

Features
Blueprint for Successful Marketing

Whether you're a small, one-person operation or a company with 50 employees, an effective marketing program will help you build a healthier business. Read more

Building a Glazed Cupola Building a Glazed Cupola

This simple rooftop unit was built in the shop and lifted into place with a crane. Read more

Tool Test: Combination Rotary Hammers

The best 1 9/16-inch models are fast and compact, and sport sturdy side handles. Read more

Housed-Stringer Exterior Stairs Housed-Stringer Exterior Stairs

A simple site-built jig made it easy to build this elegant outdoor staircase. Read more

Plumbing Problem-Solvers

These devices tackle common plumbing predicaments without breaking the budget. Read more

Letters
Letters Letters

When designs don't meet code; New Jersey reality check; gutter detail; sprinklers; more Read more

News
In the News In the News

Lead-paint lawsuit; California's revised lighting standards; report from New Orleans; smelly new septic systems; Florida roofers go comp-free; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A Does Flooding Damage Framing Lumber?

Q. My son's house has been sitting in 10 feet of water since the levee between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River broke following Hurricane Katrina. He's considering tearing the two-story home down to the studs. I'm wondering if wooden studs sta Read more

Q&A Are Translated Policy Manuals Necessary?

Q. Are Translated Policy Manuals Necessary? I believe an employee policy manual is required for general contractors in California, and employees must sign off on having read it. But many Spanish-speaking workers don't read English. How do contractors hand Read more

Q&A Bringing Two-Wire Circuits Up to Code

Q. What's the quickest and easiest way to bring a two-wire circuit up to code? Read more

Q&A Do Shakes Need an Underlayment?

Q. Is it necessary to use felt paper or Tyvek behind cedar shakes on gable walls that are not heated or cooled? Read more

On the Job
On the Job: An Adjustable Electrical Box On the Job: An Adjustable Electrical Box

An adjustable electrical box; pan flashing for stone sills; controlling the daily dust Read more

Design
Enclosing a Front Porch Design Enclosing a Front Porch

It used to be that on warm afternoons folks would sit out on the front porch to catch some air and chat with passersby strolling down the sidewalk. Read more

Business
Business Business

Insuring the remodeling site; staying in touch with clients Read more

Legal
Legal Mold and the Law

I've been asked to share with you any medical, scientific, and legal wisdom I have regarding mold. Don't worry, it won't take long. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Quick Tiled Shower Bench Kitchen & Bath Quick Tiled Shower Bench

Quick tiled shower bench; towel warmers; cabinet lighting Read more

Products
Products

Fiber-cement siding clips; dune-friendly decking; drywall & accessories; ridge vents; masonry Read more

Toolbox
Eurekazone Expandable Layup Table and Saw Guide Toolbox Eurekazone Expandable Layup Table and Saw Guide

Eurekazone expandable layup table and saw guide; landscaping tools; measuring tools Read more

Backfill
World's Smallest Tract Homes? Backfill World's Smallest Tract Homes?

Construction competition Read more

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