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Features

Letters

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    Cooling vs. dehumidification; building paper and code; manufactured stone; sub-slab moisture membrane; more

     

News

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    In The News

    Study links unvented gas heaters and asthma symptoms; Florida builders issue waterproofing guidelines; New Jersey's affordable-housing fray; Chicago porch-collapse update; more

     

Q&A

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    Ventilation vs. Eaves Blocking in Seismic Zones

    Q. I have a question about the hidden soffit vent details you've published recently (Backfill, 7/04; Letters, 10/04). Is it possible to build this so that you get a positive transfer of lateral loads from the roof sheathing to the frieze blocking and into

     
  • Demo Near Post-Tension Cables

    Q. What precautions should you take when tearing out a post-tensioned slab? What are the risks? We are pouring a large post-tensioned slab, and while there is no demo involved at this stage, I would like to know how to proceed in case there is a plumbing

     

Design

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    Where Eaves Meet Rake

    The roof can be one of the most defining elements of a house: Look at any child's drawing, where a strong triangle atop a box is likely to say "home."

     

Business

Legal

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    Know When To Walk and When Not To

    Just as it sounds, "breach of contract" means that someone has not done what he contractually promised to do. But a breach of contract does not automatically mean that the contract is dead — that is, unenforceable.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    No-sweat copper fittings; painter's friend; door hardware; deck and porch railings; insulation

     

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