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Features

Letters

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    Letters

    Fiber-cement clip; more on employee theft of clients; attic-ventilation misconceptions; more

     

News

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    In the News

    Unions sue feds over safety gear; Lennar demands givebacks; energy efficiency earns tax credit; more

     

Q&A

  • Do Brick-Veneer Weeps Need Screens?

    Q: hen installing weep holes in brick veneer, should I worry about insects or mice getting in through the openings? I've seen advertisements for manufactured weep-hole covers, which seem like a good idea if this is actually a problem, but a waste of time

     
  • Stained Plaster Repair

    Q: What's the best way to remove a water stain from a sand-finish plaster ceiling? The plaster was applied over electric radiant-heating cable stapled to Gypboard backing, with a sand finish that won't tolerate any rubbing. Could we use a tinted wash that

     
  • Tile Over Tile

    Q: My clients want to update their bathroom by installing new tile over an existing tiled tub surround. The old tile is in good shape, but it stops about 18 inches from the ceiling; my clients want their new tile to completely cover the walls and ceiling.

     
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    Preventing Condensation Under Basement Flooring

    Q: My clients want to use as living space the new walkout basement of an addition I'm building for them, but they're concerned about potential moisture-related problems with the planned carpet flooring. I've proposed installing a layer of rigid EPS foam f

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Strong gable overhang; on site with Durisol

     

Business

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    Business

    No more free estimates; credit cards vs. debit cards

     

Legal

Kitchen & Bath

Products

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Bostitch Strapshot; JacPac; site work; concrete & masonry

     

Backfill

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    On Assignment in Iraq

    Contractor Rob O'Brien is an active-duty Marine. In August 2005, when he learned he was to be deployed to Iraq, he fully expected to participate in some of the riskier support operations his unit would be performing from its base in Al Anbar Province.