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Skim-coating the walls with setting compound is easier than starting from scratch.
Buy the right tools, make sure material's there when you need it, and break the job down into simple tasks.
These new tools promise longer runtimes, lighter batteries, and impressive power. But do they deliver?
As long as you've measured carefully, you can install a high-quality insert in less than an hour.
With careful layout, placing sills directly into the wet concrete can save time.
Forming foundation walls; warranty caution; more
Remodeling study predicts growth; builder gets jail time for worker's death; more
Q: When we're working with what we call "hot mud"- setting-type drywall compounds that come in powdered form - it seems almost impossible to mix the stuff up without getting lumps. Do you have any suggestions for smoothing out the consistency?
Q: When installing stained vertical cedar siding or fascia trim, what type of glue should be used for splices and corners? Some contractors like to dab a little stain on the cut ends of 3-degree splices or on 4-degree corner miters, but is there an exteri
Q: Is ACQ-treated lumber and plywood suitable for building permanent wood foundations?
Q: Does faded aluminum siding with a chalklike residue on the surface require any special preparation before repainting?
Q: A winter's worth of rain fell on a large hillside home we're building before we could complete the roof. Though we tarped the project, rainwater seeped through the first-floor decking and into the floor framing of a basement wine cellar. I suspect that
Office on wheels; all-weather blueprints
Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.
When I was in commercial construction, I used formal scheduling procedures on all of my projects. With formal scheduling, each task or activity in the job is written down, placed in sequence, and assigned a certain amount of time.
Many of the costly owner/contractor disputes I see in my legal practice involve change orders — or the lack thereof. I know of innumerable residential contractors who, having failed to obtain signed change orders, have eaten hundreds or even thousands of dollars of legitimate extra work at the end...
New cap nailers from Bostitch and Spotnails; DeWalt D24000 tile saw; framing; safety gear
Most carpenters still carry a hammer on their toolbelt. But even those who pound a nail the old way once in a while would probably admit, if pressed, that hammers are beginning to seem sort of, well, last century.
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