June 2006 Table of Contents

Features
Adding a Cantilevered Bay Adding a Cantilevered Bay

A steel frame anchored to a new concrete foundation provides support. Read more

Tool Test: Coil Roofing Nailers Tool Test: Coil Roofing Nailers

The best guns are light, fast, and easy to load. Read more

Decorative Shingling Decorative Shingling

Distinguish your sidewall work with this easy-to-build diamond design Read more

Practical Plaster Repair Practical Plaster Repair

Use plaster washers, joint compound, and drywall to repair cracked or broken plaster Read more

Restoring Wood Floors Without Sanding Restoring Wood Floors Without Sanding

Preserve the patina and renew the luster of wood floors using only a buffer Read more

Letters
Letters

Countertop bolts for stair rails; sound control; more Read more

News
In the News In the News

U.S.-Canada lumber deal; FEMA guidelines; OSHA ruse; lead threat; more Read more

Q & A
Mounting a Wall-Hung Sink on a Steel-Stud Wall Q&A Mounting a Wall-Hung Sink on a Steel-Stud Wall

Q: I used 25-gauge steel studs to frame the partition walls in an upstairs renovation. Now my client wants to install a wall-mounted lavatory in the bathroom. What's the best way to reinforce and block the wall so I can hang the sink? Read more

Proper Water-Heater Temperature Q&A Proper Water-Heater Temperature

Q: I recently learned that building codes in my state now require that newly installed water heaters be set at 140°F. But up until now, with concerns about energy conservation and scalding safety, 120°F was the normal setting. Why the change? Read more

Q&A Working Off a Forklift

Q: Is there any legal way to work off the forks of an all-terrain forklift - for instance, in a steel cage that's safely secured to and supported by the forks? Read more

Q&A Shutter Repair

Q: I'm in the process of renovating a home with traditional louvered shutters. Some of them need to have the tilt rod replaced, but I'm not sure how best to reattach the staples that connect the individual louvers to the rod. Is there a special tool that can be used to squeeze the staples in place? Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Roof-Pitch Jig On the Job: Roof-Pitch Jig

Roof-pitch jig; lumber-hanging trick; skyhooked Read more

Business
Talking to Clients About Money Business Talking to Clients About Money

Talking to clients about money; selling remodeling jobs; the color-coded offic Read more

Legal
Allocating Risk With "Additional Insureds" Legal Allocating Risk With "Additional Insureds"

You're starting to get contracts on bigger and bigger jobs, even — can you believe it? — government contracts. Good for you. But it's important to know what you're getting into: These contracts may contain terms you don't typically see on smaller jobs. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Flooring options; lighting Read more

Products
Products

Decorative ceilings; paints & coatings; floor coverings Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Toolbox

Metabo TS 250 table saw; Senclamps; job-site cleanup; gutter & sheet-metal tools Read more

Backfill
The Nail Gun Is Born Backfill The Nail Gun Is Born

According to Marvin Hirsch, who was present that evening in the mid-1950s, it all began when a group of veterans meeting at the Winsted, Minn., Legion Hall came to the sage conclusion that they could buy a lot more beer if they had more money. Read more

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