Are you a subscriber but don’t have an online account?

Register for full online access.

 
 
 
 

Features

  • Image

    Framing with Pre-Cut Components

    This system, created by an experienced framer, virtually eliminates waste and takes the guesswork out of complex framing jobs.

     
  • Cold Weather-Concreting

    Cool temperatures can reduce concrete strength unless precautions are taken. Here are the products and techniques that guarantee a successful pour — even when it’s below freezing.

     
  • Energy-Saving Products for Energy-Efficient Homes

    Manufacturers have introduced a host of energy products designed to work in today’s tight homes. An energy expert takes a look at what’s new and noteworthy.

     
  • Getting Started With Computers

    Every year, computer hardware drops in price and software gets easier to use. Our computer columnist tackles commonly asked questions about what to buy and how to put computers to use in your business.

     
  • Heard at the Show: Business Tips for Remodelers

    One good way to improve your business is to talk with others in the industry. Here are some tips for success we picked up at this year’s Remodelers’ Show.

     
  • Prefinished Hardwood Flooring

    Prefinished flooring won’t create a bottleneck in your schedule because it doesn’t need sanding or finishing. A flooring contractor sorts through the available options and gives tips on installation.

     
  • The Safe Bathroom

    More accidents happen in the bathroom than in any other room in the house. An experienced design/build contractor explains how to make the bathrooms you build safer by matching fixture layout and clearances to the physical needs of your clients.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Handrail profiles, glue-nailed subfloors

     

News

  • Eight-Penny News

    New OSHA rules tailored to builders, Home Owner’s Warranty program out of business

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Do Vapor Barriers Trap Moisture

    Q: Our drywall contractor argues that installing a poly vapor barrier behind the drywall will trap moisture, where it will condense, causing the drywall to degrade. Is there any truth to this claim?

     
  • Q&A: Removing Vinyl Siding

    Q: Can you explain the best way to unlock vinyl siding panels? We often run into vinyl when building an addition or cutting a new window opening, and would like to know how to remove and replace panels without destroying half a wall’s worth.

     

Design

Legal

Engineering

Energy

Reviews

Kitchen & Bath

Products

  • For What It's Worth

    Foam footing form, innovative bifold hardware, spray-on drywall adhesive

     

Toolbox