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Letters

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    Dampproofing vs. waterproofing; sound control; concealed electrical splices; more

     

News

Q&A

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    Tiling a Flangeless Tub

    Q: What's the best way to detail the joint between a deck-mounted tub that lacks an integral tiling flange and the tiled tub surround so that it won't leak?

     
  • Reinforcing Old Framing

    Q: We're remodeling a 1930s vintage San Diego home and have to seismically reinforce its cripple walls with plywood, shear transfer plates, and hold-downs. Because all the framing is very dry and most of the cripples measure only 1 foot to 2 feet in lengt

     
  • Storms and Screens for Metal Casement Windows

    Q: My clients love the look of the original diamond-grid metal casement windows in their historic stone house, but they are not happy with the windows' performance in cold winter weather. The outswinging casements have been fitted with fixed interior stor

     
  • Substituting Synthetic Roof Underlayments for Housewrap

    Q: After stripping the original siding from a 30-year-old house, I'm being asked to re-side with 4x8 and 4x9 fiber-cement panels designed to look like stucco. The installation instructions permit caulking at the vertical joints, but call for Z-flashing at

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Steel I-beam rafter pair; rock-breaking tip; ice supports

     

Business

Legal

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    Personal Guaranty of Business Debt

    Most credit applications contain a personal guaranty. In this one, it's clearly spelled out in item No. 4, but in some cases it's buried in a longer document and written in language that makes it hard for the applicant to understand just what he's agreeing to.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Basement finishing; brick & masonry; hvac grilles & registers

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Hitachi NR90AE round-head framing nailer; roofing tools; truck racks & boxes

     

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