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Easy access to all job documents is the key to bringing projects in on budget and on time. A project manager tells how he organizes the paperwork so that critical job information is always available on site.
By combining time-honored post-frame construction techniques with modern roof trusses, this Rochester, N.Y., builder-remodeler was able to save the cost of a concrete foundation while giving his clients the look of a traditional barn.
A veteran electrician gives you a leg up on your inspector with this summary of the latest NEC changes.
One way to ensure a dry basement is to coat the foundation with a waterproof membrane. We look at the available options and explain how to prepare for and apply them properly.
Estimating by the square foot saves time, but sacrifices accuracy unless you're careful. We explain how the shape of the structure affects the square-foot price of everything from framing to finishes.
Asphalt roof-over pros & cons, PT wood myths, preventing wood siding woes, lead paint caution
Coping with the labor shortage, water heater failures, higher fly ash content in concrete, new home ventilation standard
Q: What is a good, durable, transparent finish for a bare radiant slab? I’ve tried Glitsa over colored concrete. The finish looked great initially, but was not water-resistant. A year later, there was a fair amount of delamination and flaking. How should I refinish the floor? Would a polyurethane...
Q: I’m installing a lot of crown molding in a finished home, and wondering whether it’s better to prepaint the crown and just touch up the nail holes, or paint it once it’s in place?
Q: I was hired to refinish a basement game room built in 1936 in a house on the shores of Lake Michigan. The T&G paneling in the room was badly warped and the bottom 3 feet were moldy and partly rotted. I removed the paneling to find that it had been installed directly over the poured foundation on...
Strategies for increasing job referrals
Defining ""substantial completion""
Using folders to organize your hard drive
Business management primer, door hanging, heating system overview
Up-flush basement bathroom options
Every year, we keep our eyes peeled for products that solve common job-site problems in a unique or inventive way. This year's collection has something for every phase of construction.
Site-built chop-saw stand
Leaky power sander, chimney flashing in steel roofs, tools for cutting fiber-cement, Win95 alternatives
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