February 2009 Table of Contents

Beating Wood Rot

Use borate-based wood preservatives to stop decay and epoxy to repair the damage. Read more

Fire-Blocking Basics Fire-Blocking Basics

Understanding the code's intent is the first step toward efficient installation. Read more

Installing an Egress Window in an Existing Foundation

With the right equipment, you can cut the opening and install the well in a day. Read more


Hot-roof approach; cold-roof details; back to basics; concrete epoxy anchor Read more

In the News In the News

Minnesota cracks down on subcontractor isclassification; green home survives alifornia fire; no stars for LG fridges; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A Modifying Roof Trusses

My client wants to add a 16-inch-wide 4-inch-deep tray ceiling in a room where the drywall ceiling is attached to the bottom chord of roof trusses. To do this, I'd have to cut out and raise the bottom chords of the trusses. Is that possible? Read more

Cutting Glass Tile Q&A Cutting Glass Tile

We had to cut a few glass tiles to complete a backsplash. Even though we used a diamond glass blade in our tile saw, fine chips are visible on the cut edges. What's the trick to cutting glass tile? Read more

Are LEDs Okay in Closets? Q&A Are LEDs Okay in Closets?

A client wants to install LED light fixtures in his closets, but my local code inspector is hesitant to approve them. It seems to me that an LED fixture poses no more of a fire risk than a fluorescent light. What does the code say? Read more

Legal Negotiating an End to a Contract

There are a number of ways to terminate construction contracts. Spec builders have it easy — their contracts typically allow them to terminate problem customers at their own discretion by notifying the customer and refunding what has been paid. They can then sell the house to another buyer. This isn’t an option for remodelers. Read more


Anti-sweat valve for toilets; cold-weather spray foam; solar-powered dimmer for tubular skylights; standard-width high-performance range; faux slate roofing; more Read more

Toolbox Metabo LF724 Paint Remover

Last year one of my remodeling projects involved stripping the paint off a large area of wood siding. Read more

Job-Site Grind Backfill Job-Site Grind

Many builders talk about sustainability, but John Suppes has actually put his money where his mouth is by purchasing an $80,000 waste grinder. Read more

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