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  • Coping With Shrinking Wood Callbacks

    Whether it’s framing lumber or finish flooring, wood shrinks and swells, causing problems in your finish work. Here’s how to prevent callbacks.

     
  • Flashing a Chimney the Right Way

    A chimney specialist shows how to install flashing that will prevent leaks for the life of the chimney.

     
  • Glass Block in the Bathroom

    A master tilesetter shows how to incorporate glass block into a tiled bath.

     
  • Kitchen Design Basics

    An architect discusses the essential ingredients of a well-planned kitchen: cabinet and appliance dimensions, lay-out variations, storage schemes, and dining options.

     
  • New Products for Kitchen and Bath

    Our K&B reviewer finds some good values amid the glitz and glitter of this year’s industry show.

     
  • Putting Your Punchlist to Work

    A well-planned punchout procedure will ensure you exit the job gracefully — and get the last check.

     

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  • Q&A: Bonding Treated Wood

    Q: What kind of adhesive should I use to bond CCA-treated decking to treated joists?

     
  • Q&A: Waterproofing vs. Dampproofing

    Q: There seem to be a lot of products on the market that solve problems with leaky basements. Some are for "dampproofing" and others for "waterproofing." What is the difference?

     
  • Q&A: Drywall Callback in Bathroom

    Q: We are getting a callback on drywall screws in a bathroom that are showing through the paint and getting darker with age. What might be causing this?

     
  • Q&A: Redwood Stains

    Q: On elevated decks, the redwood decking often causes black streaks on the joists below. How can we prevent this?

     

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