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  • 0703me1

    First Time Out With ICFs

    Foam forms can save time and money while providing a superior finished product. The key, an ICF newcomer reports, is providing strong connections and plenty of bracing.

  • Installing High-Velocity HVAC

    Streamlined ductwork, flexible vent placement, and efficient year-round performance make a strong case for high-velocity HVAC, says this veteran installer.

  • Making Sense of the Liability Insurance Crisis

    Insurance costs have gone through the roof, and availability is declining. What's behind the crisis, and how can builders continue to thrive in spite of it?

  • 0703IP7

    Problem-Solving Tools & Materials

    This year's collection of new products can help you work smarter and better.

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    Working With Shotcrete

    Pneumatically applied concrete isn't just for big commercial projects. A specialty concrete contractor describes the process and explains how it can save time and effort for home builders

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    Running Crown on Cathedral Ceilings

    A finish carpenter describes the pros and cons of four techniques for installing crown molding on a cathedral or vaulted ceiling.



  • Letters

    Condensation cure, more on hip framing, performance guidelines



  • 0703IN5

    In the News

    Western water shortages, Weyerhaeuser antitrust suit, cold-weather concrete pours, scheduling part-time office help, California condo comeback, mor



  • 0703QA51

    Q&A: Various Reinforcing Mud-Bed Tile Floors

    Q. What's the right type of mesh to use in a mud-bed tile floor? Should I use a self-furring lath (like the type used in stucco work) so that it centers itself in the mud?

  • Q&A: Assessing Old Structural Timbers

    Q. I'm looking at a project to convert a 1920s-era three-story industrial building into residential lofts. Much of the heavy timber interior frame has been exposed to a lot of weather because of roof deterioration during years when the building was not ma




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