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    Decorative Concrete

    Why settle for the standard gray stuff? Today's concrete can be treated to resemble more expensive materials like flagstone and tile or to produce unique abstract effects.

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    Getting Into Modular Construction

    Building modular homes speeds production, increases quality control, and reduces paperwork, according to this stick builder who made the switch.

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    Hiring an Architect

    A remodeling contractor describes how collaborating with a good design professional allows his company to offer superior service to clients.

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    Metal Roofing Options

    Metal roofing is durable, attractive, and available in a wide range of styles, from basic galvanized panels to shakes, shingles, and tiles.

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    Stabilizing Basement Walls with Steel I-Beams

    A foundation repair contractor shows how steel I-beams, placed vertically against the basement wall, can prevent soil pressure from pushing in a cracked wall.



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    Steel header retrofit, retaining wall basics, fly ash concrete, in praise of Palms, more



  • In the News

    More on mold, lead paint lawsuits, PEX sprinkler systems, NAHB low-flow toilet study, more



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    Q&A: Flashing an Arched Window

    Q. What's the best way to flash an arch-topped window?

  • Q&A: Drywall Nail Pops

    Q. We're getting more nail pops in our drywall applications this year than ever before. I've been told that as wood gains moisture, it swells and squeezes the nail out of the nail hole. Are all these nail pops caused by excessive moisture in the house? Ho

  • Q&A: Sinking Foundation

    Q. I'm looking at a wood frame house with a block foundation that is settling. The basement wall sits on a 20-inch-wide concrete footing, but someone later poured a concrete brick shelf from footing to grade and then put brick veneer siding on the house.

  • Q&A: Ceramic Tile on Basement Slab

    Q. What's the best way to vapor-seal a basement slab before tiling over it?

  • Q&A: Will Wax Protect Wood Floors?

    Q. I'm building a new home for a couple who want to finish their hardwood floors with wax, the way it used to be done. When they recently refinished the polyurethane-topped floors in their existing home, they were upset that they had to move all their fur

  • Q&A: Insulating a Floor Over an Unheated Garage

    Q. Any suggestions on the best way to insulate the ceiling of a garage? The garage will have an in-law suite above, with living, sleeping, and bath areas. The floor construction will be 2x10 joists, or possibly 117/16-inch wood I-joists. I'm especially co





Kitchen & Bath


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    Cleaner generator, debris hauler, slower epoxy, rugged window, self-leveling rotary laser, skylights



  • Toolbox

    Aftermarket battery packs, Third Hand support tool


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