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    Fast Trim Without a Tape

    A finish carpentry specialist describes a fast and accurate method for marking, cutting, and pre-assembling door casings — without ever pulling out a tape measure.

  • Installing Gable Roof Trusses

    On-the-ground layout and efficient use of a crane enable these Rhode Island builders to place, brace, and sheathe a truss roof in one day.

  • Site Test: Coil Siding Nailer

    A West Coast contractor puts coil siding nailers through their paces on the job site and reports on the results.

  • Year-End Tax Tips

    Tax time is just around the corner. These reminders from a construction CPA will help you organize your year-end paperwork so you’re not caught off guard when April 15th rolls around.

  • Trouble-Free Forced-Air Heat

    An hvac contractor explains how to size, select, and install furnaces and ductwork to ensure quiet, efficient, and even heating.



  • Letters

    Insulation test results questioned, design code clarification, fence for portable table saw



  • Notebook

    Watershed defects lawsuit hits California courts, fastest house ever built, vinyl siding overtakes wood, foam form research underway



  • Q&A: Stained Vinyl Floors

    Q: I’ve built a number of homes with staple-up radiant heat tubing under vinyl flooring in the kitchens and baths. Recently a client complained of staining in his vinyl floors. In the bathroom, long dark streaks are bleeding up through the vinyl, and in the kitchen, small dark circles about the...

  • Q&A: Electrical Fluctuations

    Q: I am having an electrical problem on a second-story addition I am currently building. The clients report that the lights dim periodically during the early morning hours, but that it’s not related to the refrigerator starting nor any other piece of electrical equipment in the house. I have tested...







  • Resources

    K&B installation guide from NKBA, accessible building primer, masonry construction manual



  • Products

    Tools for cutting steel studs, specialized wire stripper, filter fabric that slows root growth, new steel shingle, safety harness for women, fabric form for concrete footings