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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Hot-mop variations; strong connections; snap goes the post; more

     

News

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    News

    Code change would allow unvented attics; builder costs rise as boom continues; new glue aims to replace mortar; the rush to mandate fire sprinklers; more

     

Q&A

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    Tiling a Breezeway

    Q. I've been asked to tile the floor of an enclosed breezeway that gets tracked with a lot of dirt, leaves, and snow. Besides being subject to the temperature extremes found in Ohio, the existing concrete slab has a crack running across its width. Is porcelain tile the best option in this situation...

     
  • Painting Cedar Shutters

    Q. What's the best way to prep and paint new cedar shutters?

     
  • Refinishing Faded Wood Floors

    Q. My 7-year-old hardwood floor needs to be refinished because the stain faded from the sun. I was hoping to restain it with a product that could withstand direct sunlight. Do you have any recommendations?

     

Design

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    Designing With Interior Trim

    As usual, there are no hard and fast rules, just a framework of context to guide your trim design decisions.

     

Business

  • Job-Costing for Survival

    Accurate estimating is the foundation of your business. Until you have control over your estimates, anything else you want to do with your company is mostly a pipe dream.

     

Legal

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    Protecting Your Retirement

    Contractors who have spent years trying to make money often fail to think about how they will protect their assets once it's time to sell or close down the business.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Asphalt shingles; heating and cooling equipment; home automation

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Mini skid-steer loaders; home-inspection tools; work wear

     

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