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  • Controlling Costs With Allowances

    In the rush to start construction, final product selections are often put off until after the work has begun. A design-builder explains how to eliminate guesswork when pricing unknowns by including allowance prices in your contracts.

  • Fiberglass vs. Cellulose: Making the Choice

    In the insulation industry’s version of the Chevy/Ford debate, builders are faced with conflicting claims and a host of distracting side issues. This no-nonsense comparison shows that, depending on the job, both materials perform well when used correctly.

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    Installing Cabinets Solo

    Tools and tips for hanging kitchen cabinets, by a builder who prefers to do it alone.

  • NKBA's 27 Principles of Bath Design

    Clearances and layout guidelines for the design of safe and comfortable bathrooms.

  • Raising a Small Shed Dormer

    There’s no time to waste when the roof is off the house. An experienced remodeler describes the methods he uses to strip the roof, cut the opening, and frame a dormer addition in just two days.

  • Wood I-Joist Do's and Don'ts

    Wood I-joists differ structurally from solid wood, and so do the rules for cutting, supporting, and fastening them. A manufacturer’s field rep tells how to avoid common I-joist framing mistakes.



  • Letters

    Three-coat vs. one-coat stucco, wiring device needs further testing



  • Eight-Penny News

    OSB maker indicted for fraud, carpet offgassing revisited, code bodies flip-flop on cellulose flammability



  • Q&A: Repairing Rotten Sheathing & Siding

    Q: We recently encountered crumbling waferboard sheathing, which had been installed right down to grade. This sheathing wicked water about two feet up the wall of an enclosed porch. The clapboards and sills were so rotten they fell apart in our hands, but the rest of the wall appears sound. If the...

  • Q&A: Exterior Door Swings

    Q: Why it is that most exterior doors swing in rather than out? I can think of several reasons why they should swing out: (1) It is more difficult for the wind to get around a door that swings out since it is pressing the door against a seal rather than away from it. (2) An out-swinging door can...










  • For What It's Worth

    Microwavable glue, air-sealing tape for exterior sheathing, adjustable corner trowel, tow-behind dump bed