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Letters

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    Countertop bolts for stair rails; sound control; more

     

News

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    In the News

    U.S.-Canada lumber deal; FEMA guidelines; OSHA ruse; lead threat; more

     

Q&A

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    Mounting a Wall-Hung Sink on a Steel-Stud Wall

    Q: I used 25-gauge steel studs to frame the partition walls in an upstairs renovation. Now my client wants to install a wall-mounted lavatory in the bathroom. What's the best way to reinforce and block the wall so I can hang the sink?

     
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    Proper Water-Heater Temperature

    Q: I recently learned that building codes in my state now require that newly installed water heaters be set at 140°F. But up until now, with concerns about energy conservation and scalding safety, 120°F was the normal setting. Why the change?

     
  • Working Off a Forklift

    Q: Is there any legal way to work off the forks of an all-terrain forklift - for instance, in a steel cage that's safely secured to and supported by the forks?

     
  • Shutter Repair

    Q: I'm in the process of renovating a home with traditional louvered shutters. Some of them need to have the tilt rod replaced, but I'm not sure how best to reattach the staples that connect the individual louvers to the rod. Is there a special tool that can be used to squeeze the staples in place?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Roof-pitch jig; lumber-hanging trick; skyhooked

     

Business

Legal

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    Allocating Risk With "Additional Insureds"

    You're starting to get contracts on bigger and bigger jobs, even — can you believe it? — government contracts. Good for you. But it's important to know what you're getting into: These contracts may contain terms you don't typically see on smaller jobs.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Decorative ceilings; paints & coatings; floor coverings

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Metabo TS 250 table saw; Senclamps; job-site cleanup; gutter & sheet-metal tools

     

Backfill

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    The Nail Gun Is Born

    According to Marvin Hirsch, who was present that evening in the mid-1950s, it all began when a group of veterans meeting at the Winsted, Minn., Legion Hall came to the sage conclusion that they could buy a lot more beer if they had more money.