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This inside look at three competing bids shows some of the strategies small builders use to quickly arrive at accurate estimates.
Steve Farrell, project manager of a fourth-generation remodeling company, tells how to find good subs and get good work from them.
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Two remodelers describe how small jobs play a key role in their businesses and what steps they’ve taken to make them profitable.
Q: Does OSB have the same nail-holding ability as plywood? I want to use it as roof sheathing, but I am nervous about blow-offs.
Q: Our clients are unhappy with the color of their roof now that the house has been painted. The asphalt shingles are less than 2 years old and are in very good condition. Is there any way to change the color of the shingles without replacing them?
Q: Can wood foundations built with pressure-treated wood be framed like conventional frame walls, or does the stud spacing need to be increased? How do you seal the outside to prevent water seepage?
Q: How should I seal marble and granite countertops? To be used in a kitchen, a surface should be waterproof, heat resistant, stain resistant, and safe for food preparation.
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