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Letters

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    Hot-roof approach; cold-roof details; back to basics; concrete epoxy anchor

     

News

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    In the News

    Minnesota cracks down on subcontractor isclassification; green home survives alifornia fire; no stars for LG fridges; more

     

Q&A

  • Modifying Roof Trusses

    My client wants to add a 16-inch-wide 4-inch-deep tray ceiling in a room where the drywall ceiling is attached to the bottom chord of roof trusses. To do this, I'd have to cut out and raise the bottom chords of the trusses. Is that possible?

     
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    Cutting Glass Tile

    We had to cut a few glass tiles to complete a backsplash. Even though we used a diamond glass blade in our tile saw, fine chips are visible on the cut edges. What's the trick to cutting glass tile?

     
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    Are LEDs Okay in Closets?

    A client wants to install LED light fixtures in his closets, but my local code inspector is hesitant to approve them. It seems to me that an LED fixture poses no more of a fire risk than a fluorescent light. What does the code say?

     

Legal

  • Negotiating an End to a Contract

    There are a number of ways to terminate construction contracts. Spec builders have it easy — their contracts typically allow them to terminate problem customers at their own discretion by notifying the customer and refunding what has been paid. They can then sell the house to another buyer. This...

     

Products

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    Products

    Anti-sweat valve for toilets; cold-weather spray foam; solar-powered dimmer for tubular skylights; standard-width high-performance range; faux slate roofing; more

     

Toolbox

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    Metabo LF724 Paint Remover

    Last year one of my remodeling projects involved stripping the paint off a large area of wood siding.

     

Backfill

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    Job-Site Grind

    Many builders talk about sustainability, but John Suppes has actually put his money where his mouth is by purchasing an $80,000 waste grinder.