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    Foundation Drainage

    A concrete contractor and consultant explains how proper finish grading and footing drain details keep surface runoff and underground water away from the foundation.

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    Installing Hardwood Strip Flooring

    A flooring expert provides tips and tricks for installing perfect hardwood floors over plywood and concrete.

  • Managing Client Emotions

    The stress homeowners experience during a remodeling project can lead to misunderstandings, shouting matches, or worse. This successful remodeler explains how to take control of your client's emotional ups and downs.

  • Rebuilding an Old Attic Space

    This old farmhouse attic was under-built and out of level. Using sistered rafters and an ingenious sleeper system, a Vermont contractor solved the structural problems without busting the budget.

  • Roof Calculations Simplified

    For complex roof framing, calculators are starting to take the place of framing square tables or trig. A veteran California framer shows how to make a complete hip-rafter cut list using the Construction Master foot-inch calculator.

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    Trimming out Stairs

    Site-built staircases are an important part of many medium-budget projects. In this step-by-step guide, a stair specialist describes how to lay out, cut and install treads, risers, and elegant post-to-post stair railings using stock parts.



  • Letters

    Truss brace question, kudos for housewrap article, a better tape measure, missing bath remodel permits



  • Notebook

    Home Depot targets high-end remodeling, Minnesota passes mechanical ventilation regs, fluorescents that fit, nail gun accident, EIFS policy change, DeWalt tool recall



  • Q&A: Insulating Around Replacement Windows

    Q: When replacing old double-hung windows with vinyl replacement units, what’s the best way to insulate the counterweight cavity?

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    Q&A: Granite Tile Countertops

    Q: We are planning to use 1-foot-square granite tiles in a kitchen counter application because it is more affordable than granite slabs. Can I install the granite right over plywood, or do you recommend Durock as an underlayment? What type of grout would work best? How wide a space should we leave...

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    Q&A: Condensation on Ceiling

    Q: Often my customers request that we insulate vaulted ceilings when we’re reroofing. These roofs usually have 4x6 rafters, 2x6 T&G planks exposed to the inside, and composition shingles on the outside. Our technique has been to strip the roof, lay out 2x4 or 2x6 rafters over the open beam area...






  • Resources

    Construction dictionaries, layout techniques, practical home automation, air quality basics, and more



  • Products

    Dimmable compact fluorescents, bi-directional floor registers, automatic make-up air, engineered stair stringers