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An East Coast builder describes the process of forming and pouring a structural garage slab using polystyrene deck forms.
Chimney caps are too often poorly detailed and are the first part of the chimney to degrade. A mason explains how to build a durable cap.
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A California remodeler tells how he retrofits weatherstripping on existing wood windows for sound and thermal insulation.
Deck ledger connections, gutters in cold climates, Porter-Cable 100 router, more
Cement shortage, creating a wetland, health concern about old plaster, workers comp reform in California, lightning- resistant flexible gas line
Q. I'm planning to form a simple 4-foot stem wall foundation for a single-story garage using plywood, snap ties, and walers. It needs to have a brick ledge for the top 10 to 12 inches, which will show above grade. What's a simple, effective way to do this
Q. Recently I've run into a couple of incidents where a crystallized white substance has formed on the shower floor and in the drain. In both cases the showers have mud-set floors and are entirely tiled. The water is from a public source. In one case, the
Q. Can I use type X "fire code" gypsum board to reduce clearances to combustibles for a woodstove pipe? For example, could I attach a layer or two of gypsum board to the side or bottom of a nearby cabinet to reduce the required 18-inch clearance?
Locating a fireplace in a family room with a TV
Managing cash flow, deciding to be competitive, employee benefits
As the general contractor, you have liability insurance to protect you from claims for bodily injury or property damage caused by your negligence. So why, you ask, is it important for your subs to have liability insurance, too?
Tablet PC system for builders
Resources for cabinetmakers, radiant heating products; kitchen faucets
Domestic water; home automation; manufactured fireplaces
Hilti reciprocating saws; safer pump jacks; turbo sander; theft prevention
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