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  • Custom Tub & Shower Enclosures

    Clear glass enclosures make bathrooms look larger and show off the fancy tile work in the shower. Here’s a look at what’s available in mid-priced to high-end units.

  • Finish Carpentry Quality Standards

    More and more architects and designers are using AWI standards in their specs. A custom builder explains how he uses these published standards to consistently produce high-quality woodwork.

  • Ground-Source Heat Pumps

    Capturing the earth’s energy with underground heat-exchange loops can cut heating and cooling costs — if it’s done right. An hvac contractor tells what he’s learned from 15 years of installing geothermal heat pumps.

  • Heating With Sealed Combustion

    In a tight house, kitchen and bath exhaust fans can interfere with the natural draft of chimney-vented heating equipment. An energy expert explains how power vents and combustion air supply ducts can solve the problem.

  • Shopping for Home Security Systems

    Demand for electronic security is on the rise. Here’s how to sort through the many options, and tips on choosing a security installer.



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    Laying subfloor correctly, receptacle wiring



  • Eight-Penny News

    EPA’s radon assessment questioned, federal “dig-safe” law likely, liquid sand and gravel



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    Q&A: Insulated Wood Floor Over Concrete

    Q: We are looking for a detail for laying a wood floor over a previously uninsulated slab. What’s the best way to go about this?

  • Q&A: Health Effects of Foam

    Q: We typically build energy-efficient houses with 1-inch foil-faced polyisocyanurate foam on the interior of our walls. But more than one customer has questioned us about the potential health effects of the foam. Their concerns seem to stem from the outgasing of chemicals, more than the potential...

  • Q&A: Protecting Floors During Remodeling

    Q: In our remodeling business, we often demolish plaster and drywall in old homes, and find that the dust and fine abrasives work through just about everything we put down on the floor. What method do you recommend for protecting floors? Also, do you have any recommendations for a shop vac that...

  • Q&A: Plywood & Glue in Built-Up Headers

    Q: How much strength does plywood and construction adhesive add to the strength of a built-up header?








  • For What It's Worth

    Dump-bed retrofit for pickups, digital deadbolt, no-itch fiberglass batts