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Snake-Infested Idaho House

It was a story to gladden the heart of an editor or blogger facing a slow news day... More

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Sandler Sales Training: Is It Worth the Cost?

For small contractors in today’s competitive market, sales skills can make the difference between struggling and prospering. Yet many contractors turn up their noses at formal sales training, viewing it as a waste of time and money. Are they right? Or is enrolling in a training program an effective way to improve sales skills — and the company’s bottom line? More

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Products

Easy access panel; glass-tube fireplace; engineered lumber; housewraps; electrical equipment More

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Letters

Roofing felt, rotary laser follow-up, plumbing a well pump, sizing supply pipes, more More

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Q&A: Drilling Holes in Wood I-Joists

Q. I need to run wires through Boise Cascade I-joists. The joists come with prepunched holes, but the holes don’t line up. I’d like to drill some 1-inch holes in the joist webs. Are there any limitations on where these holes can be drilled? More

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Framing Floors With I-Joists

A Cape Cod builder tells how to frame flat, squeak-free floors with wood I-joists. More

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Choosing Engineered Beams For Heavy Loads And Long Spans

For heavy loads and long spans, engineered beams are the way to go. In this article, we compare LVL, glulam, and Parallam, plus some new composite beams. More

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Letters

Drywall codes; back-priming discussion; CAD for Macs; sizing I-joists for clear spans; safety reminder; more More

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Computer Solutions: Simplified Structural Design

Software for sizing structural components More

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Update: Engineered Lumber

The decline in the quality of solid-sawn lumber has led manufacturers to develop a growing variety of engineered lumber substitutes. We look at some of the new materials that are finding their way on to residential job sites. More

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