October 2005 Table of Contents

Rainproofing Stucco Trim Rainproofing Stucco Trim

Nailing trim through stucco without proper flashing is a recipe for disaster Read more

Replacing a Beach-House Foundation Replacing a Beach-House Foundation

A modified mat slab saved this cottage from the sea. Read more

Solar Hot Water 101 Solar Hot Water 101

Solar water heating has a proven record of cutting energy costs. Here's what you need to know to help customers choose the right system. Read more

Spraying Clear Waterborne Lacquer Spraying Clear Waterborne Lacquer

A pressure pot is the best way to apply this low-VOC finish Read more

Supporting a Wide-Span Floor With Structural Steel

Sculptural steel columns and beams turned a two-car garage into a two-story living space Read more


Notes on safety; pandering charge; support for higher energy performance standards; vinyl-siding school; wallpaper liner; fire sprinklers Read more

In the News In the News

Cement supply update; Hurricane Katrina damage estimates; free resources; a murderous client; Web site for wood trading; deconstructing the new energy bil Read more

Q & A
Q&A Nail Pops in Shingles

Q. What causes nail pops in asphalt roofing shingles? Where I live, in the South, this seems to be a common occurrence. Is this an expansion/contraction problem? Are the wrong kinds of nails being used? Read more

Q&A Plywood vs. OSB I-Joists

Q. Do any I-joist manufacturers still use plywood webs? At my local lumberyard, I was told that manufacturers switched from plywood to OSB webs because the plywood tended to delaminate, but I suspect the real reason is that OSB is cheaper. I'd prefer to use plywood I-joists, because I think they'd be stronger Read more

Q&A Keeping Garage Fumes at Bay

Q. I'm building a house that has an attached 24-by-24-foot garage with a master suite above. The owner is concerned about fumes getting into the living spaces next to and above the garage. What's the best way to seal out the fumes? Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Retrofitting a Lally Column On the Job: Retrofitting a Lally Column

Retrofitting a Lally column; roof demo by crane; working wireless Read more

Business Attitude Adjustment: How to Think Like a Company

How to think like a company; protect yourself from employee theft Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Faucets; glass & ceramic tile Read more


Sharp screws; a better roof clip; flashings; closet & garage storage systems; paints & coatings; garage doors Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Ridgid R350RHA round-head framing nailer; job icameras; cabinetmaking tools Read more

Insulated Swimming Pool, Anyone? Backfill Insulated Swimming Pool, Anyone?

When builder Todd LaBarge wanted to install a vinyl-lined swimming pool at his home, he looked no further than the stack of ICF forms left over from the construction of his house and workshop foundations. Read more

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