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  • Are You Making a Profit?

    A successful builder explains the critical difference between gross profit and net profit, and shows how to make sure your estimates include both.

     
  • Choosing an Asphalt Shingle: Organic vs. Fiberglass

    You can still reliably judge organic shingles by their weight. But fiberglass shingles are another story. Responding to problems in the field, the fiberglass shingle industry is conducting research and developing new standards for its products.

     
  • Joining Unequally Pitched Roofs

    A builder describes how he uses a framing square and full-scale layout to solve this tricky problem.

     
  • Repairing Plaster Walls and Ceilings

    Hairline cracks in old plaster require more than just forcing in some spackle. A plaster repair specialist describes his techniques.

     
  • Troubleshooting Retaining Walls

    Cracked, leaning, or bulging retaining walls are a common sight. An engineer tells what causes these problems and how to prevent them.

     
  • Wood Fungi Causes and Cures

    A complete guide to the identification and prevention of mold, mildew, discoloration, and decay of wood products.

     

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