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Letters

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    Borate-treated lumber; illegal day laborers; slanted-news charge; of lawyers and engineers

     

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    In the News

    Solar incentives; Massachusetts sub vs. employee test; energy-saving lighting design guides; more

     

Q&A

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    Moving an Electrical Box

    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...

     
  • Tiling a Curved Wall

    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?

     
  • Passive Solar Flooring

    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...

     

On the Job

Business

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    Determining Your Break-Even Point

    Like many small contractors, you probably want your business to grow and produce more profit. But growth entails risks, including the possibility that hiring more managers or office people could increase overhead to such an extent that profit declines.

     

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    Products

    Pneumatic fasteners; skylights; instantaneous water heaters

     

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    Toolbox

    Grip-Rite joist-hanger nailers; masonry tools; storage

     

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