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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Drywall back-blocking in action; A-frame appreciation; hard workers in California; more

     

News

  • In the News

    A proposed interior-design law stirs controversy in California; a fatal fall leads to criminal obstruction charge in Illinois; more

     

Q&A

  • Do Precast Foundation Walls Need Waterproofing?

    Q: Are precast concrete foundation walls subject to the same dampproofing or waterproofing requirements as cast-in-place and block foundations? I've heard that because these walls are made of a high-strength concrete that's virtually nonporous and impervious to water, they don't require extra...

     
  • Removing Rocks Without Blasting

    Q: We're building a home on a site with difficult access, and we need to remove a lot of boulders without using heavy equipment. Is there a way to break the boulders into smaller chunks without having to deal with dynamite and the associated permitting?

     
  • Does the Size of a Rain-Screen Gap Matter?

    Q: Rain-screen wall assemblies seem like a good idea for protecting wood siding and paint, but they can create headaches when it comes to resolving door, window, and other trim details. Wider gaps mean that doors and windows would need jamb extensions, as well as screening to keep bugs out. But...

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Avoiding plaster disaster; a floating sink

     

Business

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    Getting Paid for Your Time

    If you and your project manager spend 13 hours preparing an estimate for a remodeling job, how much money have you invested in the project? Would you have been better off spending those 13 hours getting things done on one of your current projects?

     

Legal

  • When to Call a Lawyer

    Contractors tend to avoid calling for legal help. Partly this is because they're used to solving their own problems, and partly it's because they don't want to rack up attorney's fees. But certain circumstances — let's call them legal emergencies — absolutely require immediate legal counsel.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Windows; energy conservation

     

Toolbox

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    Niche Product Sales Muck-Truck

    Imagine a self-propelled wheelbarrow with four-wheel stability that's fun to operate.

     
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    Bobcat Landscape Rake

    You could spend hours and hours with an iron rake and a wheelbarrow prepping the soil around your new spec house — or you could jump into a compact loader equipped with a Landscape Rake and do the job in a fraction of the time.

     
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    Sawstop Blade-Stopping Cabinet Saw

    SawStop's innovative blade-stopping cabinet saw is popular with furniture makers and cabinetmakers for good reason:

     
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    L.S. Starrett ProSite Protractor

    When the original ProSite protractor was introduced several years ago, finish carpenters were delighted to discover a simple-to-use tool for measuring angles and determining miter-saw settings.

     
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    Bosch Tools ROS20VS Random-Orbit Sander

    I had a chance to check out Bosch's new ROS20VS random-orbit sander at the Builders' Show.

     
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    Bosch Worksite Table Saw

    Late last year Bosch introduced the Worksite Table Saw (model 4100), an improved version of its Benchtop Table Saw (model 4000).

     

Backfill

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    Haven for Homeless Homes

    When a northeast storm cut a new opening through a barrier beach in the Cape Cod community of Chatham, Mass., in April 2007, owners of seasonal cottages on the narrow strip of sand were dismayed but not surprised: North Beach, as it's locally known, is in a continuous — and sometimes dramatic —...

     

Other Articles

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    JLC Extra Q&A: Can Wind Short-Circuit a Ridge Vent?

    Q. Wouldn't a single-sided ridge vent be more effective than a standard ridge vent for a home built on a windy site? It seems that with openings on both sides of the ridge, a standard vent would simply short-circuit when the wind blows rather than draw air from the eaves vents.