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Features

Letters

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    Letters

    Testing spray-foam jobs; ridge beams and collar ties; safety reminder; more

     

In the News

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    In the News

    Big builder goes solar; restoration show; affordable-housing index; more

     

Q&A

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    Sizing the Birdsmouth

    Q: When laying out the seat and heel cuts on a rafter, how large should the notch be?

     
  • Exposed Gas Line

    Q: A client wants to install an outdoor gas fireplace. The most logical route for the gas supply extends from a roof-mounted furnace 60 feet along an exterior parapet wall and then down. Are there any requirements for lightning protection in such an expos

     
  • Is Fiberglass Insulation A Health Hazard?

    Q: As a home inspector, I'm exposed to fiberglass insulation almost every day, and although I wear a dust mask, I'm concerned that this may not provide enough protection. I also am concerned about the possible health hazards to the occupants of these home

     
  • Aluminum Roofing

    Q: How common is aluminum standing-seam roofing? It seems that this profile would be better suited for heat-related expansion and contraction than corrugated aluminum panels fastened through their face, but my local suppliers carry only steel standing sea

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding

     

Design

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    A Successful Kitchen Redesign

    Many view design as largely subjective, but when it's done well it can be broken down into realistic, objective directives. These deal not only with aesthetics — form — but also with function, especially for kitchens.

     

Business

  • Selling the Company

    In 1983, after working on my own for several years, I started Buck Brothers Construction (BBC) with my brother, Joe. We built the company slowly: At first we did all the work ourselves; then we started subbing out the mechanicals; then we hired carpenters; and finally we developed an office staff.

     

Legal

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    Beware Mistakes That Bind

    Here's the scenario: A contractor hires a new estimator and he makes a bid on a remodeling job. Unfortunately, the bid is way off the mark. By the time the contractor notices the mistake, the customer has signed the contract and given him a check, which he's deposited.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Landscaping; energy conservation

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Panasonic lithium-ion drivers; Festool TS 75 EQ; FatMax sawhorses; finish carpentry; drywal

     

Backfill

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    Gentlemen, Start Your Trowels!

    With those words, the competitors in the fifth annual Bricklayer 500 were off and laying brick at a pace never seen on job sites.