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  • A Spreadsheet Primer

    This screen-by-screen tutorial will help you get more mileage out of your spreadsheet program, regardless of the task.

     
  • Kitchen Cabinet Storage Options

    Whether you spec the cabinets for your projects or help the clients make the choice, this article will bring you up to date on the storage accessories being offered by cabinet manufacturers.

     
  • Framing, Day One

    A framing contractor explains how he organizes his five-man crew to break down the lumber package, lay out plates, and start building walls on the first day on the job.

     
  • Installing Suspended Ceilings

    Here’s how to lay out and assemble professional-looking dropped ceilings.

     
  • Simple Site-Built Mantels

    A production-oriented finish carpenter shows how to build elegant but affordable mantels from MDF and stock moldings.

     

Letters

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    Flashing flanged windows; questions on corroding copper pipe; reactions to Advantech article; ventilation makeup air

     

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    House-eating fungus wreaking havoc in California; Sears abandons installed sales company; new Minnesota energy code; looking for a better low-flow toilet test

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Choosing and Finishing Porch Boards

    Q: I am planning to replace the porch floor on a 120-year-old Victorian home. Since cedar and redwood seem too soft for a porch floor, I am choosing between tongue-and-groove yellow pine, vertical-grain fir, and mahogany. Can you explain the advantages and disadvantages of these species when used...

     
  • Q&A: Suitable Tiles for Outdoor Counter

    Q: I’m building an outdoor patio, and the plans call for a ceramic tile counter near the grill. What types of vitreous tile are suitable for outdoor use?

     
  • Q&A: Installing a Metal Fireplace

    Q: When installing a zero-clearance metal fireplace, are there any requirements for fire stops or draft stops? Does the inside of the chase need to be drywalled?

     
  • Q&A: Protecting Eyes from Lead and Asbestos Dust

    Q: I do a lot of renovation work in old homes, and the work includes a lot of demolition. I am very concerned about health hazards from lead-based paint and asbestos. I make it a practice of wearing the best respirator I can find. Unfortunately, every type of eye goggles I have tried fogs up when...

     
  • Q&A: Water Heater Relief Valve Keeps Tripping

    Q: After reading the article "Using Water Heaters for Radiant Heat" (11/98), I decided to replace my boiler with a 75-gallon propane water heater. In general, this is working great, except that about every three weeks the pressure-temperature relief valve, which is rated at 210°F, keeps tripping. I...

     
  • Q&A: Bleaching Old Cedar Paneling

    Q: I want to lighten the color of 15-year-old cedar paneling that has darkened with age. The wall paneling consists of 3/8x6-inch tongue-and-groove clear cedar installed over 1/2-inch drywall. I took a sample of the interior cedar and experimented with a bleaching method I often use outdoors. I...

     
  • Q&A: Using Dry Sand in a Radiant Floor

    Q: How do you go about using sand instead of concrete for thermal mass in a radiant floor, as mentioned in the Sept. ’98 article "Hardwood Flooring Over Radiant Heat"?

     
  • Q&A: Patching Icynene Insulation

    Q: What is the best material to use to patch Icynene spray foam insulation? Sometimes it’s necessary to remove a substantial amount of the stuff after it has been installed.

     

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