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  • Contractor Table Saws

    Portable tablesaws are handy, but 10-inch contractor models are the workhorses of most job sites. Our tool editor assembled and tested six new saws; here’s how they stack up.

     
  • Plywood vs. OSB

    Are these two products really equivalent, as manufacturers and grading agencies claim? A wood technologist puts to rest questions about OSB’s suitability as an economical substitute for plywood.

     
  • Safe Scaffolding Options

    Working contractors who cut corners on staging risk large fines and serious injury. A scaffolding sub explains how to safely set up pipe staging, pump jacks, and wall and roof brackets.

     
  • Temporary Site Lighting

    It’s hard to do good work in the dark. Here’s an overview of products to light up the job site, from hand-held and string lights to powerful stanchion lights.

     
  • Venting Details for Cathedral Ceilings

    Unvented roofs in northern climates are prone to ice buildup, but how do you ventilate a valley or hip rafter in a cathedral ceiling? And what do you do at a skylight, where the headers block the vent chutes? A snow-country builder describes the venting methods that have worked for him at these and...

     

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  • Q&A: Slab Over an Existing Slab

    Q: What type of preparation work is needed before placing a 4 1/2-inch-thick topping over an existing slab?

     
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    Q&A: Service Panel Surge Protection

    Q: Does a surge protector installed in the service panel eliminate the need for individual surge protectors throughout the house?

     
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    Q&A: Ceiling Cracks With Trusses

    Q: On a recent house we built, cracking has occurred where nonbearing interior partitions join the ceiling. We used a wood truss roof system, and I’ve read that truss movement often causes this type of cracking. How do I correct this problem?

     

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