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  • Answers to Ten Tough Business Questions

    We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Choosing Energy-Efficient Windows

    Whether you’re trying to eliminate condensation in cold weather or solar gain in hot weather, or both, there’s a window that fits the bill. An energy expert makes sense out of the variety of glass coatings, edge spacers, and frame materials, and helps you choose the right window for your climate.

     
  • Installing Framed Cabinets

    A profitable cabinet installation depends on having the right tools and a well-thought-out procedure. Here’s how one builder gets the job done.

     
  • Working Down Under: Basement Remodeling Tips

    With all their usual overhead obstructions, basements don’t automatically make good living space; it takes a good imagination and in some cases, sleight of hand. A veteran remodeler shares some tricks for blending ductwork, girders, and low ceilings into the design.

     
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    14.4-Volt Cordless Drills

    We put professional-duty 14.4-volt cordless drill/drivers through their paces, including a look at the latest battery technology. This side-by-side comparison will help you make the right choice.

     

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Q&A

  • Q&A: Charging for Estimates & Design

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Price Shopping

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Low-Cost Marketing

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: What To Delegate First

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Finding & Keeping Good Help

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Subcontractor Tips

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Supplier Takeoffs

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: What Jobs to Bid

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: Profit Hidden vs. Shown in Bid

    Q: We asked a dozen builders and remodelers across the country about their experiences in starting and growing their businesses. Here is their wisdom, gleaned from the school of hard knocks, on everything from hiring and delegating to estimating and charging for design.

     
  • Q&A: OSB Offgassing

    Q: I’m building a home for a client who is concerned about toxic offgassing from the OSB in the wood I-joists we’re using for the floor. Is this a real concern?

     
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    Q&A: Steel Stud Striping on Drywall

    Q: On a recent basement remodel, I wanted to use steel studs to frame out the exterior walls, but my framer advised against it. He cited a similar project involving steel studs, where, after time, an outline of each steel stud appeared through the drywall and finish. Any idea what may have caused...

     

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    Basic business guide, contract-writing help, construction drawing primer, engineering basics, electrical references

     

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