March 2007 Table of Contents

Building a Beamed Ceiling Building a Beamed Ceiling

Prefabricating the paneled sections on the floor speeds installation. Read more

Designing Accessible Kitchens Designing Accessible Kitchens

Start with ADA guidelines, but base your kitchen designs on the actual needs and capabilities of your client. Read more

Installing a ScapeWel Installing a ScapeWel

This oversized window well adds emergency egress, light, and ventilation to basement living spaces. Read more

Insulating Unvented Attics With Spray Foam Insulating Unvented Attics With Spray Foam

Closed-cell polyurethane foam provides the insulation, air barrier, and vapor retarder necessary for an unvented attic assembly. Read more

Using an Airless Paint Sprayer Using an Airless Paint Sprayer

Look for equipment that will move the heaviest coating you're likely to use. Read more

Letters Letters

Fiber-cement clip; more on employee theft of clients; attic-ventilation misconceptions; more Read more

In the News In the News

Unions sue feds over safety gear; Lennar demands givebacks; energy efficiency earns tax credit; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A Do Brick-Veneer Weeps Need Screens?

Q: hen installing weep holes in brick veneer, should I worry about insects or mice getting in through the openings? I've seen advertisements for manufactured weep-hole covers, which seem like a good idea if this is actually a problem, but a waste of time Read more

Q&A Stained Plaster Repair

Q: What's the best way to remove a water stain from a sand-finish plaster ceiling? The plaster was applied over electric radiant-heating cable stapled to Gypboard backing, with a sand finish that won't tolerate any rubbing. Could we use a tinted wash that Read more

Q&A Tile Over Tile

Q: My clients want to update their bathroom by installing new tile over an existing tiled tub surround. The old tile is in good shape, but it stops about 18 inches from the ceiling; my clients want their new tile to completely cover the walls and ceiling. Read more

Preventing Condensation Under Basement Flooring Q&A Preventing Condensation Under Basement Flooring

Q: My clients want to use as living space the new walkout basement of an addition I'm building for them, but they're concerned about potential moisture-related problems with the planned carpet flooring. I've proposed installing a layer of rigid EPS foam f Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Strong Gable Overhang On the Job: Strong Gable Overhang

Strong gable overhang; on site with Durisol Read more

Business Business

No more free estimates; credit cards vs. debit cards Read more

Legal Who Pays If Something's Wrong With The Plans and Specs?

You're looking at an invitation to bid, complete with plans and specs. It would be a big job for you — very profitable. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Going green; ovens Read more


Roofing; hearth Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Bostitch Strapshot; JacPac; site work; concrete & masonry Read more

On Assignment in Iraq Backfill On Assignment in Iraq

Contractor Rob O'Brien is an active-duty Marine. In August 2005, when he learned he was to be deployed to Iraq, he fully expected to participate in some of the riskier support operations his unit would be performing from its base in Al Anbar Province. Read more

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