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Features

  • Building Cornice Returns

    Nothing enhances a house’s appearance like properly proportioned cornice trim. Here’s how a custom builder in Vermont laid out and installed durable traditional cornices on a large custom home.

     
  • 10 Remodeling Sales Myths

    When it comes to sales, conventional wisdom isn’t for everyone. A builder and remodeler describes the sales techniques that work for him — even when they fly in the face of “expert” advice.

     
  • Troubleshooting Common Chimney Problems

    Most chimney problems stem from a few root causes, such as improperly mixed mortar and poorly constructed crowns. Unfortunately, once done, the resulting damage can be expensive to repair. A chimney expert shows how to recognize and prevent

     
  • Using CPVC Piping for Fire Sprinklers

    Residential sprinklers systems are unobtrusive and effective, but are not usually installed because of cost. One way to make them more affordable is to use plastic piping, as described in this article by a California fire marshal.

     
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    Working With Thin Solid Surfacing

    Solid surface veneers provide the look and performance of full-thickness solid surfacing at much less cost. A fabricator explains how to laminate and install a thin solid surface counter.

     

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    Durability of galvanized fasteners, rain screen flashing, roof layout with a calculator, retrofitting plywood clips

     

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  • Notebook

    Tariffs on drilled studs may be reinstated, Arizona OSHA found liable in job-site death, becoming an expert witness, tax law on sub vs. employee

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Housewrap Behind Vinyl Siding

    Q: Is it necessary to put housewrap behind vinyl siding on new construction?

     
  • Q&A: What Is Dry Rot?

    Q: I’m confused by the term "dry rot." It seems contradictory since rot occurs when wood is wet. Or is there a kind of rot that happens to wood that is too dry?

     

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  • Innovative tools and materials

    Among the thousands of new building products introduced each year are some that help you build faster, better, and more economically. Here’s our pick of some of the best.

     

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