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  • Brushing Up on Water-Based Paints

    Federal regulation of VOCs has made the change to latex finishes inevitable. A painting contractor explains how to get the same quality and performance from water-based paints that you were accustomed to with oil-based products.

     
  • Case Study: Framing an Engineered Floor

    In second-story additions, existing bearing walls can limit your design choices. A design/builder tells how he used steel and engineered lumber to handle large loads and wide spans.

     
  • Scribing for a Perfect Fit

    Some finish carpentry installations leave no room for error — like fitting a built-in desktop into a three-sided nook. These two techniques guarantee accuracy in even the tightest situations.

     
  • Selecting Quality Customers: The Art of Prequalification

    Not every sales lead is worth following. Here’s the point system one remodeling company uses to screen prospective clients over the phone — before wasting time on an estimate.

     
  • Taking Care of Business

    Hands-on tips for running a successful construction company.

     
  • Tips for Custom-Milled Trim

    Ordering hardwood trim is a lot more complicated than buying pine at the lumberyard. Success depends on careful planning, clear communication, and a good working relationship with a reputable millwork shop.

     

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    Building inspector defends practices, R-value of cellulose insulation, L.A. quake revisited

     

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    Leaks in high-temperature plastic exhaust pipes, new asbestos regs coming, training architects as builders

     

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