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Features

Letters

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    Using stainless with copper; window-seat safety; hanging loads from beams; the true cost of regulation

     

In the News

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    In the News

    Stringent new energy code offers flexibility; company fined for breaking FTC’s R-value rule; Denver’s moratorium on fees pays off; PV-panel prices decline; more

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    An unlikely window; bench bump-outs expand a narrow porch

     

Business

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    Boosting Revenue With Change Orders

    Clearly, change orders are a vital piece of our business model, and they don’t just happen by accident. We lay the groundwork for changes by keeping clients happy and informed throughout the job process. Dissatisfied customers, we know, are unlikely to authorize additional work.

     

Products

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    Products

    Clips for flat tiles; mounting blocks; aluminum-and-glass railing; crawlspace ventilation; fibercement siding panels; more

     

Toolbox

Toolbits

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    Pearl Abrasive DTL10HPXL Porcelain Blade

    Cutting through porcelain can be a challenge, and sometimes it takes a special blade to do the work quickly and cleanly.

     
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    MBright Tools iVac Switch Box

    With MBright Tools' iVac Switch Box, any old shop vacuum or small dust collector can be used as a tool-triggered system.

     
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    MK Diamond TX3 Tile Saw

    Most tile saws pump water out of a large pan to cool their cuts, which can cause a lot of overspray and dripping.

     
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    Bosch X5L Full-Head Carbide Bits

    Rebar is the bane of concrete drilling, capable of stopping a bit dead in its tracks.

     
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    Ford 2010 Transit Connect Van

    Small service and delivery outfits now have a compact, fuel-efficient alternative to a full-size truck or van: Ford's 2010 Transit Connect.

     
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    DeWalt DWM120 Portable Band Saw

    Most portable band saws have a cut capacity of 4 3/4 inches, but DeWalt's new DWM120 can handle pipe up to 5 inches.

     
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    Diablo Drill Mixers

    Using a drill for heavy mixing is hard on the tool and on your wrists. A dedicated mixer makes the job easier.

     

Backfill

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    A Rising Tide Lifts All Houses

    With at least one-third of their country below sea level, the Dutch don’t take the prospect of flooding lightly. But these days, the dual pressures of a growing population and limited space are forcing a re-evaluation throughout the Netherlands of land previously thought too wet or flood-prone for...