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Letters

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    Letters

    Insulating knee walls; step flashings not the culprit; homeowner safety should come first

     

News

  • In the News

    California back-pedals on nailer rules; study blames coastal development for increased storm damage; Texas court says insurers can't duck defect suits; more

     

Q&A

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    Tiled Showers

    Q: While we've never had problems with our tile-shower installations, new surface-applied waterproofing membranes and waterproof backerboards have me wondering if it's time to change our approach. We typically install cement backerboard over a poly membra

     
  • Sealing a Garage Floor

    Q: A customer asked me about sealing a brand-new garage slab to keep oil drips from penetrating the concrete, in case she decides to have the slab finish-painted in the future. Is this necessary? What product should we use?

     
  • Dishwasher Drain Distance

    Q: A client wants to locate her dishwasher in a peninsula several cabinets away from the kitchen sink. Are there any limitations on the distance that the discharge hose can travel, or should it be plumbed separately?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Painting trim with latex; protecting blueprints from the elements

     

Business

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    Looking Back at Job Leads

    Our remodeling company has been using lead sheets — simple printed forms on which we record information about potential clients who call our office — for several years now.

     

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Products

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    Products

    Plumbing; metal connectors

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Max SN883 series framer; protected laser transport; roofing & siding; storage

     

Backfill

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    How to Build a Concrete Canoe

    If you don't know much about boatbuilding, start by welding rebar together to frame the gunwales and keel. Then form the hull with layers of chicken wire, and trowel a stiff 1/2-inch-thick mortar mix onto the mesh.