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    Letters

    Building fire-resistive eaves; drywall butt joints and code; making arched panel molding

     

News

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    In the News

    Nail prices spike; remodeler and homeowner spar over found money; carbon monoxide kills worker; more

     

Q&A

  • Leaky Stucco

    Q. Leaky Stucco I've discovered leaks in the wall cavities of a large, multifamily building my company recently completed. The building has a three-coat stucco finish, and the leaks seem to be located primarily around the windows. An exploratory hole cut in the drywall revealed that the stucco...

     
  • Finishes for Garages

    Q. Are there any code-approved sheathing materials for a garage under a living space other than the typical 5/8-inch drywall? My clients complain that drywall doesn't hold up well in our environment, so I'm wondering if fire-retardant plywood would be a good substitute if the joints are properly...

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    ICF retaining wall; no-sweat plumbing; overhead lift trailer

     

Business

Legal

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    How to Reduce the Risk of Mold Claims

    Mold has been around for millennia, but in recent years public concern about its presence in homes and buildings has metastasized into near hysteria. This has spawned a legal atmosphere in which it's relatively easy for unscrupulous owners to fabricate huge mold lawsuits against contractors.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Gutters; hardwood flooring

     

Toolbox

Backfill

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    Where Have All the A-Frames Gone?

    If human scale is as essential to good design as architects say it is, the classic 1960s A-frame got it just right. You can confirm this by putting a ladder against an interior gable-end wall and climbing until your head is nestled snugly in the peak, as if you were wearing the structure like a...