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  • A Simple Custom Entry

    A classy covered porch doesn’t have to cost a mint. This one uses stock materials and simplified construction but blends perfectly in a neighborhood of ornate traditional homes.

  • Brick Veneer Basics

    Brick veneer lasts longer and requires less maintenance than other siding materials. A Midwestern masonry contractor describes installation techniques.

  • Getting a Grip on Railing Codes

    Railing codes are strict when it comes to strength and safety, but flexible about handrail profiles. A builder looks at the current regs and how they may be changing.

  • Shopping for Wood Windows

    New windows sport a host of glazing, hardware, and finish options, as well as flexible custom features. Here’s a guide to help you sort through the choices.

  • Subs and Workers Comp -- Avoiding the Hidden Costs

    Builders everywhere are looking for ways to reduce their workers comp insurance premiums, which have more than doubled in recent years. Getting certificates of insurance from subs is a good place to start.

  • Working Safely With Air Nailers

    Air nailers help your crews get tedious nailing chores done quickly, but they also create safety hazards. A contractor describes a simple safety program that works.



  • Letters

    Drug testing defended, home inspector questions the profession’s standards



  • Eight-Penny News

    States getting serious about workers comp fraud, borate-treated foam studied, houses of straw



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    Q&A: Sealing a Foundation Cold Joint

    Q: We are pouring a foundation for a full-basement addition in an area with a high seasonal water table. What is the best way to detail the joint between an existing foundation and the new foundation to prevent water from leaking in?

  • Q&A: Choosing Deck Woods

    Q: Which lasts longer for deck planking — redwood, cedar, or treated pine?







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  • For What It's Worth

    Tropical alternative to treated wood, prefab drainage system, jamb extenders for vinyl windows, useful new hanger from Simpson