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  • Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation System

    Homeowners and code officials are beginning to insist on better mechanical ventilation systems. A ventilation expert helps you choose the best system for your climate.

  • Deck Railing Options

    Plastic, wood-composite, and metal railing systems simplify installation and reduce maintenance while giving your clients the look they want.

  • Delivering Exceptional Service

    A Midwestern remodeler shares the customer service methods that have worked for her business to boost client satisfaction and generate referrals.

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    Installing Manufactured Stairs

    A manufactured staircase can outstrip the site-built version in price and quality. A custom builder takes us into the stair shop and onto the job site for a firsthand look.

  • Tool Test: Jigsaws

    Toolless blade clamps and smooth, vibration-free cutting make these tools easier than ever to use.

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    Top Quality Three-Coat Stucco

    A veteran stucco contractor and industry expert describes the ingredients that make for a durable, trouble-free exterior.



  • Letters

    Guaranteed completion dates win the contract; undermount sinks; defending polyisocyanurate insulation; more



  • Notebook

    High school vo-tech programs in decline; fiber-cement roofing woes; photovoltaic glazing; faulty hvac system proves deadly; more



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    Q&A: Crown Detail Hides Truss Movement

    Q: We all know truss uplift can be a problem at the intersection of ceilings and interior walls. Is there a way to install crown molding so that you don’t see a paint-line reveal when the ceiling moves?

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    Q&A: Foundation Trench Near Concrete Driveway

    Q: Our remodeling company has contracted to do a room addition that will be elevated over an existing concrete driveway. We will need to install a concrete footing at the edge of the existing driveway slab. I’m worried that when we excavate for the footing, the fill under the slab will cave into...

  • Q&A: Grounding a Steel-Framed House

    Q: Do steel-framed homes have special requirements for electrical grounding?

  • Q&A: Bracing Foam Sheathed Walls

    Q: Here in Wisconsin, I have always built my homes with 2x6 studs, R-19 fiberglass batts, and 1/2-inch OSB sheathing. I am considering switching to 2x4 studs, R-13 batts, and 1-inch R-7 foam sheathing, using metal T-braces for racking resistance. The cost of the two systems appears to be about the...

  • Q&A: Repairing a Chipped Laminate Countertop

    Q: During a countertop installation, one of the screws popped through and chipped off a 1/4-inch-diameter piece of laminate. Is there a way to make a repair without replacing the whole countertop?

  • Q&A: Painting Asbestos Shingles

    Q: We will be painting a house that’s sided with asbestos-cement shingles. What type of paint is best? Assuming the shingles contain asbestos, do we need to take any precautions?




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    Connectors for pigtail wiring; UV-protective clothing; large capacity dehumidifier; rolling work center; wood tiles; easy-pull form stakes; colorful glass sinks; composite lumber fasteners; more