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  • Fighting for Inches: A Guide to Small Bathroom Design

    Fitting all the fixtures into a usable space is the main challenge of small bath design. A house designer describes her favorite small-space floor plans.

     
  • Framing Details for Wood Shrinkage

    When a house frame shrinks, it can leave bumps and dips in the floor, cause doors to bind, and open cracks in drywall and casing joints. Proper selection of materials and attention to framing details can keep these problems to a minimum.

     
  • Builder to Builder: JLC Business Survey

     
  • Job-Site Wood Glues

    With so many types of glue on the shelf, how do you choose the right one? A long-time finish subcontractor explains which adhesives work best inside and out.

     
  • Leveling the Deck

    When a foundation is out of level, framers often need to shim or scribe floor joists to allow for high and low spots. Two second-generation contractors explain the methods that work for them.

     
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    Rewiring Old Houses

    A master electrician shows the tools and techniques he uses to snake new wires in old houses without causing excessive damage to finishes or trim.

     
  • Skylight Options and Accessories

    The difference between one skylight and another is in the details. Here’s an overview of add-ons for roof windows.

     

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    Q&A: Drop-Ceiling Elevation Change

    Q: Occasionally when we’re hanging a drop ceiling in a commercial building, we encounter a change in ceiling elevation. What’s the easiest way to deal with this transition?

     
  • Q&A: Tile Over OSB and Underlayment?

    Q: It is my understanding that plywood and OSB should always be installed with space between the sheets for expansion. Apparently, always isn’t always. I am just now beginning a project on an unfinished house in New England that has had the 1-inch OSB subflooring glued and nailed to the joists...

     

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