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  • Fast, Accurate Trim

    A high-quality trim job doesn’t have to take forever. A finish foreman tells how to measure, cut, and install wood trim quickly and without error.

  • Framing Recessed Ceilings

    This vaulted ceiling detail is inexpensive to build, but it looks like a million bucks.

  • Heard at the Show

    Highlights from JLC’s Construction Business & Technology Conference

  • Long-Lasting Wood Roofs

    Where wind-driven rain is common, wood shingle roofs require extra detailing, both to keep moisture out of the house and to allow the shingles to dry. A coastal builder describes the materials and methods that work for her.

  • Prep Work for Clear Finishes

    Clear finishes magnify any imperfections in the wood underneath. For a top-notch job, knowing how to sand, stain, and fill the raw wood is more than half the battle.

  • Profiting From Insurance Work

    Insurance repair jobs usually go to the lowest bidder. But when nature wreaks havoc, the rules change. An upscale remodeler tells how he learned to love insurance work.



  • Letters

    Egress window codes, choosing drum traps



  • New England Update

  • Notebook

    Marketing on the Internet, steel doors may present safety hazard, new NAHB performance guidelines, standard remod-eling contract offered



  • Q&A: Signing Contracts

    Q: Do we have to use triplicate forms for contracts and other construction documents, or can we use laser-printed pages and just have the clients sign both copies?

  • Q&A: Steep Rafter Lengths

    Q: When cutting steep roofs, we often have problems getting the correct rafter lengths. It seems the steeper the roof gets, the lower the rafters hit on the ridge. We have been careful to double-check diagonals and our ridge height, but our first rafter is always too short, and we have to waste...

  • Q&A: Stripping Laminate

    Q: I need to remove old Formica from wooden sills in a house we’re restoring. I’ve had limited success using heat guns for this task. Any recommendations?

  • Q&A: Air-Nailing Backerboard

    Q: Can I use a pneumatic nail gun to fasten tile backerboard to floors and walls?

  • Q&A: Removing Stains from Wood Siding

    Q: Is there any way to remove mildew and water stains on redwood and cedar siding?






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