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From Boston to Los Angeles, Teardowns Spark Controversy

You can make big money tearing down small houses. But it might not make everyone happy. More

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That's About the Size of It

Where does the Lowe's ruling on lumber labeling leave those of us in the construction industry? More

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Venting a Sewage Ejector Tank

What is the proper way to vent a system that uses a sewage ejector tank? More

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Little House on the Sidewalk

Taking portable toilets to a whole new level. More

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Song of the Saw--the Other Life of the Full-Size Hand Saw

Full-size handsaws, once indispensable to the day-to-day business of cutting... More

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Communities Mandate the Removal of Wood Roofing

In an effort to curb the risk of wildfire destroying homes, more and more western communities push for the removal of existing wood roofing. More

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Gray Water's Time in the Sun

As the California drought grinds on, renewed interest in using grey water heats up. More

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Proposal to Require Hot Water Pipe Insulation

To curtail wasted water and energy, the NRDC and the UA propose that all hot water piping systems in new buildings be insulated, such as those serving lavatories, showers, dishwashers, and kitchen sinks. More

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Los Angeles Will Require Reflective “Cool” Roofing

All new and remodeled roofs in Los Angeles will now be required to reflect sunlight, not absorb it. More

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Mega-Builders Consolidate As Recovery Takes Hold

High-profile acquisitions indicate growing financial strength among the nation’s biggest production homebuilders.With the homebuilding rebound two years old, the nation’s biggest builders are strengthening their grip on supplies of developed land. More

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