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Pennsylvania house is first recipient of new green standard’s top rating; Pulte... More

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Kitchen & Bath

Keeping up with tile standards; simple mosaics; laminates; decorative hardware More

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Letters

Tiling over laminate, decking tips, solar incentives, precast chimneys, ANSI water... More

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Notebook

NAHB pulls out of NFPA code process, new device for drying basements, California claimed unfair to nonunion apprenticeship programs, suburb’s no-step entry requirement dropped, Business Tune-Up, more More

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Kitchen & Bath: Accessible Showers

Accessible shower units More

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Ladders - Top to Bottom

Should you buy aluminum, fiberglass, or wood? What size? And what do those ratings mean? A scaffolding contractor answers these and other questions about ladders, and describes the most useful accessories. More

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Q&A: Air-Nailing Backerboard

Q: Can I use a pneumatic nail gun to fasten tile backerboard to floors and walls? More

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Eight-Penny News

A closer look at hardboard siding, cellulose insulation guarantee, Humvees for sale More

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Durable Substrates for Thinset Tile

Behind every attractive tile job is a durable substrate. A master tiler shows how proper use of backerboard and waterproof membranes ensures a lasting finish at tubs, countertops, and floors. More

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Membranes for Ceramic Tile

Tile may shed water, but a tile job is not waterproof. A master tilesetter explains how to use trowel-applied and sheet membranes to protect against leaks. More

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