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  • Durable Exterior Details

    This quality-conscious remodeler describes the materials, finishes, and installation techniques that keep the exteriors of his jobs looking good.

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    Grouting Ceramic Tile

    A master tilesetter shows how to select, mix, and apply grout for a longlasting and attractive tile job.

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    Production Jamb Extensions

    Preassembling window jamb extensions speeds interior trim work and guarantees tighter joints. A finish carpentry contractor describes his system.

  • Plumbing Venting Explained

    Ever wonder why the plumber insists on notching and boring the framing to run all those vent lines up through the house? A master plumber explains the whys and wherefores of venting rules, and tells how he goes beyond code minimums to avoid callbacks.

  • Sidewinder Saws

    Every carpenter already has at least one of these tools, but eventually they’ll need replacing. Here’s a comparison of pro-duty saws, with a look at new features, to assist you in making your next purchase.

  • Using Lead Carpenters: Four Case Studies

    This article will give you a close-up look at how four companies have made the lead carpenter system work for them.



  • Letters

    Defining “green,” payback periods for energy-efficient windows, termite concerns



  • Notebook

    Builder Web services, new housewrap standard in the works, lead information rule announced, R-value of masonry fill insulation, Marvin court case dismissed



  • Q&A: Carpet Filtration Mystery

    Q: We are builders in the Philadelphia area. Over the past few years, we’ve experienced several cases of what we’ve been told is "carpet filtration" — dark ghost lines that appear on the carpet under doors and around the perimeter of rooms. We tested the hvac system and found a sizeable imbalance...

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    Q&A: Must Firewall Start in Crawlspace?

    Q: In a wood-framed townhouse with a crawlspace, does the separating firewall start from the footing and go all the way to the underside of the roof, or can it start at the main floor and go to the roof, leaving a continuous open crawlspace under adjoining units?

  • Q&A: Straightening a Warped Wood Door

    Q: How can I straighten a wood door that has warped? In this case, the bottom rail bows out from the frame.






  • Resources

    Estimating basics, laminate countertop primer, roofing material spec book


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  • Products

    Cleaner caulk, new gutter guards, designer siding, bathroom defogger, sconce lighting, safety rails, fiberglass tub and shower wall, durable work wear


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    Nailers vs. staplers for shingles, favorite sawhorses, savvy advertising, MDF molding, and more