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  • A Guide to Construction Adhesives

    Does subfloor adhesive strengthen the floor system, or just prevent squeaks? Can you get a permanent bond between dissimilar materials? A wood products expert explains how elastomeric mastics work, and helps you choose the best one for the job.

  • Business: Pre-Qualify Your Customers

    Prequalify customers to avoid wasted effort

  • Half Height Basement Walls

    "Buildings on sloped sites often have stepped foundation walls with short framed walls on top. Though they are inherently weaker than full-height walls, you can avoid problems with stepped basement half-walls by limiting their height, using good connectio

  • Inside Kitchen Cabinets -- Cup Hinges and Drawer Slides

    Concealed hinges and full-extension drawer slides have advantages over other types of cabinet hardware. Ease of installation, adjustability, and smooth operation are some of the features that make European-style hardware the best choice for most projects.

  • Installing Jetted Tubs

    Jetted tubs require careful framing, easy access to the pumps and motors, and a mortar bed to dampen vibration. This step-by-step installation guide by a veteran remodeler shows you how to do it right.

  • Preparing for Lean Times

    Your chances of surviving a construction slowdown are better if you're not going it alone. A California contractor explains how long-term business relationships have helped his company pull through.

  • The 31 Rules of Kitchen Design

    When designing a kitchen, the biggest challenge is finding the right arrangement for appliances, cabinets, and work surfaces. These design guidelines from the National Kitchen & Bath Association will help you create kitchen layouts that work.



  • Letters

    Controlling city water pressure, fast framer balances speed with technique



  • Eight-Penny News

    Latex paint lasts longer than oil, feds add fiberglass to list of suspected carcinogens, how wall framing reduces R-value



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    Q&A: Tracing 3-Wire Circuits

    Q: In many of the houses we work in, we are asked to evaluate the electrical system. We sometimes find 10/3 wire used on 110-volt circuits with 15- and 20-amp breakers in the panel. The installer has used the red and the black wire for separate circuits. Is this an acceptable installation or does...

  • Q&A: Preventing Stucco Cracks

    Q: We often get conflicting information from subs about certain stucco details. Specifically, what’s the best way to avoid cracking? Must the scratch coat cure for 48 hours before applying the brown coat, or can the brown coat go on the same day? How long should the scratch coat cure before the...








  • For What It's Worth

    Zero-clearance chimney, fire-proof caulk, pre-cut membrane flashing for skylights