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  • Framing a Bay Window Roof

    When faced with cutting a hip rafter at an angle other than 45 degrees, it helps to know a little trig. An experienced framer provides the step-by-step formulas you’ll need to lay out the hips for a bay window roof.

  • Case Study: Hydronic Heat Retrofit

    Using PEX tubing and panel radiators, the author retrofitted central heating with minimal disruptions to framing and finishes.

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    Jacking Old Houses

    Many older homes are out of level from rotted sills or settled pilings. A restoration specialist explains the tools and techniques he uses to lift the building out of the ground and provide a firm foundation before renovating the finishes.

  • Managing for Maximum Productivity

    Small changes in both the office and the field can lead to greater efficiency and bigger profits. A veteran remodeling contractor tells how he boosted his company’s productivity without spending a lot of time and money.

  • Shared Septic Systems

    High water tables and poor soils preclude the use of conventional sewage treatment methods on some new and existing house sites. One solution is a system that combines a sand filter and shallow drainage field designed for use by more than one household.

  • Shop-Built Trim for Doors and Windows

    This step-by-step technique for preassembling extension jambs and casings guarantees tighter joints and a better finish.



  • Letters

    Replacing ungrounded receptacles, clip-head nailers discussed, bidding teamwork, ladder safety



  • Notebook

    Growth controls affecting builders, promoting green building, working with inspectors, tax deductions for business start-up



  • Q&A: Reliability of Low-Flow Toilets

    Q: My remodeling customers are frequently skeptical when I replace their old 5-gallon toilets with 1.6-gallon toilets. They have heard of problems like "skid marks," multiple flushes, and so forth. Also, the word I have heard from the field is that pressure-assisted toilets create more problems...

  • Q&A: Removing Latex Paint

    Q: I have trouble removing old latex paint. It doesn’t scrape well and it gums up sandpaper. What’s the best way to do this?

  • Q&A: Sanding Cupped Floors

    Q: Recently we installed a new oak strip floor during renovation of an old unoccupied house, and now the floor has permanently cupped. The house is built over a fairly damp crawlspace and has diagonal board floor sheathing. The original yellow pine flooring was badly damaged by termites, so we laid...

  • Q&A: Joist Hanger Nails

    Q: What’s the scoop on joist hanger nails? Are they as strong as full-length nails? Can you use them to attach the hanger to the beam?







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