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  • Factory-Built Custom Homes

    By working closely with a modular manufacturer, it’s possible to build a custom-quality home faster and less expensively than the site-built variety. A New Jersey builder of solar homes tells how he does it.

     
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    Shopping For Portable Compressors

    We take a close look at hand-held and wheelbarrow models, and sort out the performance differences between single-stage vs. two-stage pumps and oil-less vs. oil-bath types. An explanation of air-delivery ratings and a heads-up on new design features to look for make this article a must-read before...

     
  • Subbing Out Everything

    A project coordinator for a large remodeling company explains how they successfully run multiple projects using subcontractors for everything, including framing and finish carpentry.

     
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    Waterproof Fiberglass Decks

    Roofing membranes are not the only way to protect living space located beneath exterior decks. Adapting a technique from the boat-building industry, this builder uses two-part fiberglass resin to provide a durable, watertight deck surface. Here’s a step-by-step description.

     
  • Zoning Forced-Air Heating Systems

    An hvac contractor shows how he uses advanced controls and motorized dampers to provide balanced zone control in forced-air heating systems, in both retrofits and new installations.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Follow-up questions on using water heaters for radiant heat, framing sub speaks out, clarification of span-to-depth ratio of floor trusses, architect espouses teamwork

     

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  • Notebook

    Heatway & Goodyear square off in radiant tubing failure, L-P adds money to siding settlement, Senergy leaves EIFS group, dangers of fluorescent lamps, wood stoves & Y2K, mold lawsuits in Calif., benefits of insulating attics

     

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  • Resources

    Concrete manuals, a how-to for collecting what you’re owed, curved stairbuilding guide, street map of the U.S. on CD-ROM & more

     

Products

  • Products

    Extreme-temp caulk, smart fan-light, graffiti removers, insulated headers, masonry cleaner, shock-absorbing gloves

     

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