May 2007 Table of Contents

Drywall Finishing For Small Jobs Drywall Finishing For Small Jobs

Get most of the nasty work done in one day with setting compound and a few specialized tools. Read more

Faster Jamb Extensions Faster Jamb Extensions

Use drywall screws to establish plumb and level, and the rest is easy. Read more

Making the Most of a Narrow Bathroom Making the Most of a Narrow Bathroom

Raising the ceiling and tweaking the floor plan opens up a cramped space. Read more

Remodeling's Deadliest Sins

Nine common business mistakes and how to avoid them. Read more

Running a Timber-Framing Business Running a Timber-Framing Business

Modern tools bring this traditional building method into the 21st century. Read more

The Ultimate Work Trailer The Ultimate Work Trailer

This custom-made rig stores tools and supplies, hauls material, and serves as a workstation. Read more

Letters Letters

Testing spray-foam jobs; ridge beams and collar ties; safety reminder; more Read more

In the News
In the News In the News

Big builder goes solar; restoration show; affordable-housing index; more Read more

Q & A
Sizing the Birdsmouth Q&A Sizing the Birdsmouth

Q: When laying out the seat and heel cuts on a rafter, how large should the notch be? Read more

Q&A Exposed Gas Line

Q: A client wants to install an outdoor gas fireplace. The most logical route for the gas supply extends from a roof-mounted furnace 60 feet along an exterior parapet wall and then down. Are there any requirements for lightning protection in such an expos Read more

Q&A Is Fiberglass Insulation A Health Hazard?

Q: As a home inspector, I'm exposed to fiberglass insulation almost every day, and although I wear a dust mask, I'm concerned that this may not provide enough protection. I also am concerned about the possible health hazards to the occupants of these home Read more

Q&A Aluminum Roofing

Q: How common is aluminum standing-seam roofing? It seems that this profile would be better suited for heat-related expansion and contraction than corrugated aluminum panels fastened through their face, but my local suppliers carry only steel standing sea Read more

On the Job
On the Job: A Weathertight Basement Door On the Job: A Weathertight Basement Door

A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding Read more

A Successful Kitchen Redesign Design A Successful Kitchen Redesign

Many view design as largely subjective, but when it's done well it can be broken down into realistic, objective directives. These deal not only with aesthetics — form — but also with function, especially for kitchens. Read more

Business Selling the Company

In 1983, after working on my own for several years, I started Buck Brothers Construction (BBC) with my brother, Joe. We built the company slowly: At first we did all the work ourselves; then we started subbing out the mechanicals; then we hired carpenters; and finally we developed an office staff. Read more

Beware Mistakes That Bind Legal Beware Mistakes That Bind

Here's the scenario: A contractor hires a new estimator and he makes a bid on a remodeling job. Unfortunately, the bid is way off the mark. By the time the contractor notices the mistake, the customer has signed the contract and given him a check, which he's deposited. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Retro refrigerators; urinals Read more


Landscaping; energy conservation Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Panasonic lithium-ion drivers; Festool TS 75 EQ; FatMax sawhorses; finish carpentry; drywal Read more

Gentlemen, Start Your Trowels! Backfill Gentlemen, Start Your Trowels!

With those words, the competitors in the fifth annual Bricklayer 500 were off and laying brick at a pace never seen on job sites. Read more

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