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Careful planning and properly detailed framing will prevent cracks, pops, sags, and ridges.
Simple-to-make railing stands allow accurate assembly right in position.
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Solar incentives; Massachusetts sub vs. employee test; energy-saving lighting design guides; more
Q: On a current kitchen remodel, my electrician placed one of the electrical boxes for the countertop outlets too low. I need to raise it about an inch to clear a stone backsplash. There's enough stripped Type NM-B cable left in the box to do this without splicing, but because the plastic sheathing...
Q. Tiling a Curved Wall We've been asked to build a semicircular bathroom with tiled walls. What should we use as a substrate to cover the curved wall, which will have about a 12- to 18-foot radius, and what should we use to waterproof behind it?
Q. Passive Solar Flooring Instead of tile, my clients want to install a wood-finish floor over the insulated concrete slab of a planned passive solar addition. They've also asked us to install tubing in the slab to give them the option of radiantly heating the space. But won't wood flooring have a...
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Decorative hardware; tile-setting problem-solvers
Pneumatic fasteners; skylights; instantaneous water heaters
Grip-Rite joist-hanger nailers; masonry tools; storage
There is currently a major expansion and remodeling program taking place at the Museum of Fine Arts in Boston.
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