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Features

  • A Simple Time & Materials Contract

    A Florida remodeler heads off client misunderstandings with this plain-language contract, which explains exactly what customers are paying for and why.

     
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    Designing Balanced Lighting

    A lighting designer explains why most rooms require light from a variety of sources — ambient, task, and accent.

     
  • New Tools for 2002

    From the aisles of the National Hardware Show, these pro-duty tools may answer the needs of your production team.

     
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    No-Callback Carpet Installation

    Though it ultimately comes down to the carpet installer, there are measures the GC can take to ensure a top-notch job. Here’s the lowdown on choosing the right carpet and pad, locating seams, and prepping the site for installation.

     
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    Success With EIFS

    A team of EIFS investigators and consultants provides advice on the design, materials, and installation details that make for a durable job.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Quality insulation, fire blocking, I-joist software, more

     

News

  • Notebook

    Big builder exposés, mold on green fir, unvented fireplace controversy, Ryobi saw recall, more

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Spalling Concrete Floors

    Q: Here in Minnesota, many garage floors suffer from spalling. What causes spalling concrete, and is there any cure?

     
  • Q&A: Stripping Interior Paint From Carved Moldings

    Q: I need to remove several layers of interior paint from elaborate egg-and-dart moldings in a historic house. What is the most efficient way to proceed?

     
  • Q&A: Fall Protection Criteria

    Q: Your May 2001 article "Fall Protection Update" says that OSHA Standard 29 CFR 1926 requires fall protection for anyone working above 6 feet. Here in Washington state, I understand that the standard applies when there is a 10-foot fall potential. What a

     
  • Q&A: Venting a Porch Roof

    Q: I’m building a porch with a hip roof and a solid ceiling. Without soffit vents or roof vents will the roof get hot enough to shorten the life of the asphalt shingles? Are there any other reasons to vent a porch roof?

     
  • Q&A: Underlayment for Resilient Flooring

    Q: Should underlayment for resilient tile be installed perpendicular to the joists, like the subfloor, or parallel to the joists?

     

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