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Letters

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    Post-tension cables; fire damage; wrong railing test; skilled workers; radiant and geothermal; more

     

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    In The News

    Florida sings the blue-tarp blues; California chooses I-Codes; second-home market flourishes; GM investigated for truck-tailgate failures; more

     

Q&A

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    Can Wind Short-Circuit a Ridge Vent?

    Q. Wouldn't a single-sided ridge vent be more effective than a standard ridge vent for a home built on a windy site? It seems that with openings on both sides of the ridge, a standard vent would simply short-circuit when the wind blows rather than draw ai

     
  • Fixing a Radiant-Tubing Leak

    Q. I have a leak in my recently installed radiant tubing, no doubt caused by freezing last winter before the system was fully operational. The tubing is a 300-foot run buried in a 4-inch concrete slab. Is there some kind of "stop leak" that can be circula

     
  • Solar Shingles

    Q. Solar modules that can be installed in place of roof shingles seem to make more sense than PV modules mounted on racks above the roof (see "Installing Solar Electric Power," 3/05). Besides being much less noticeable, it seems that using photovoltaic sh

     
  • Soundproofing a Through-Wall Air Conditioner

    Q. My neighbor has a noisy through-the-wall air conditioner that runs day and night. So that I could get a better night's sleep, I thought I would offer to build him a soundproof box he could place around the AC unit, before I resort to more drastic measu

     

Business

  • Looking Beyond the Bottom Line

    Too often, business owners will print a profit-and-loss statement (P&L, also called an income statement) and then look at just the bottom line net profit.

     

Legal

  • When Can You Fire Someone?

    Recently, my little town hit the big time. It has been talked about on television and radio, and written about in newspapers and thousands of blogs. Why? Because a local employer fired four employees who would not quit smoking in the privacy of their own homes.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Air blocker; quick frieze; decking; exterior doors; ventilation

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Fasco round-head stick nailer; DeWalt laser plumb bob; back-savers; electrical tools

     

Backfill

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    Great import: Yin Yu Tang

    Should you ever find yourself in historic Salem, Mass., skip the wacko occult shops — okay, stock up on black candles or whatever — and head over to the Peabody Essex Museum for a walk-through tour of beautiful Yin Yu Tang, an estate built circa 1800 to 1825 in Southeastern China.