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    Green Building For Profit

    These builders switched from commercial construction to environmentally responsible residential building — and they’ve learned how to make money at it.

     
  • Inside Interior Doors

    New engineered-lumber cores have cut the cost and improved the stability of raised-panel doors. Here’s an overview.

     
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    Installing Stair Railings

    A stair installer explains how to prefit the railing package in the shop for a flawless installation on site.

     
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    Making EIFS Watertight

    An EIFS installation is only as strong as its weakest details. A veteran EIFS troubleshooter tells how to keep the water out at penetrations.

     
  • Practical Details for Energy Efficiency

    A custom builder explains the simple steps he takes at the framing stage to create a tight, energy-efficient house.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Glue facts a sticking point; handle glass block with care; OSBswelling test questioned

     

News

  • Notebook

    Is lumber quality improving?; failing GFCIs; tools recalled; reusing wastewater out West; more

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Mysterious Stripes on Carpet

    Q: The homeowner living in a ranch house our company built five years ago is complaining of mysterious carpet staining, showing up as a stripe along the outside walls of some rooms. There do not appear to be any water leaks or problems with the gas applia

     
  • Q&A: Water Treatment for Acidic Water

    Q: In the April 2000 issue of JLC (Letters), Rex Cauldwell recommended treating acidic water that eats copper pipe. Our water has a pH of 6.2 and definitely eats copper. What kind of water treatment equipment do I need? retrofit; painting interior brick

     
  • Q&A: Cold Roof Retrofit

    Q: A homeowner in central Pennsylvania has asked me to repair a roof with a history of ice-dam problems. The roof is over a cathedral ceiling that has only 6 inches of fiberglass insulation, with no space for venting above the insulation. Can you provide

     
  • Q&A: Painting Interior Bricks

    Q: I need to paint an interior brick wall in a bedroom, and I’m not sure what type of paint to use. Because the brick wall includes the back of a fireplace, I’m worried that the heat from the fireplace might affect the selection or durability of the paint

     

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Products

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    Vinyl siding for that log cabin look; interchangeable hitch balls; round shower; platform hoist for roof shingles; stable saw stand; more

     

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