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  • A Quick Cure for Problem Soils

    Surprise soils can complicate any project. When the excavation turns up weak or expansive clay, this low-strength ready-mix fill can provide a stable base for the foundation without busting the budget.

     
  • Choosing a Profit-Sharing Plan

    In a tight labor market, offering a profit-sharing plan will increase employee loyalty, and may tip the scales for a prospective hire. A New Jersey builder tells how he researched and selected the plan that works for him.

     
  • Installing Radiant Snowmelting

    The same technology used in radiant slabs also works outdoors to melt snow from drives and walkways. A heating contractor explains how to schedule and install a radiant snowmelt system.

     
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    Sealing and Flashing Metal Roofs

    Proper treatment of edges, terminations, and penetrations is key to a leak-free metal roof. Here are the critical details.

     
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    Working With Vinyl Windows

    In recent years, solid vinyl windows have moved from the replacement window market into new construction of every price range. Here’s a guide to selecting vinyl windows, including installation tips and pitfalls to avoid.

     

Letters

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    Options for damping household noise; certification for building designers; correcting stucco weep detail; more on unvented crawlspaces

     

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    Leaky condos lead to builder fees; cellulose fibers dramatically reduce stucco cracks; failing septic systems spawn class-action suit; new precut SIPs; expansive soils wreak havoc with floor slabs; labor unions go after non-union workers in Boston

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Sealing Exterior Wood Before Painting

    Q: How much benefit is there to applying a water sealer and wood preservative to clapboard siding before priming and painting?

     
  • Q&A: Circular Saw Won't Cut Straight

    Q: I have a Skil 559 7 1/4-inch saw, which I have a tough time making accurate cuts with. The saw was given to me, and I suspect it’s a lower-end product. I realize that it’s a poor workman who blames his tools, and I figured I’d get the hang of it after a while, but straight cuts right along the...

     
  • Q&A: Why Are 2x12s Rated Lower Than 2x6s?

    Q: Recently I needed structural design values (E, Fb, Fv) for treated southern yellow pine. So I referred to a publication from the Southern Pine Council, which indicated that while E (modulus of elasticity) and Fv (allowable shear stress) remain constant, Fb (bending strength) values grow smaller...

     

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Products

  • Products

    Better metal roof closures; easy access panel; shower base screed strips; new bamboo flooring; compact vanity for small baths; high-tech roof fall protection; flameless solderer for copper pipe; engineered form lumber; simple screen system; more

     

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