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Letters

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    Raising rafter ties; computer help; venting reminder; more

     

Q&A

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    Fix for Peeling Stucco

    The painted finish on my client's recently purchased stucco house is blistering and peeling, and it's obvious that the traditional three-coat stucco underneath has been patched on several previous occasions (see photo, below). The stucco is applied over wood framing, but as is common in older...

     
  • Clearances for Outdoor Cookers

    My clients want to install a built-in high-Btu gas griller as part of a planned outdoor kitchen on the deck attached to their house. Can the cooker be placed under a protective overhang created by extending the existing roof?

     

Business

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    Track Your Business With a Dashboard

    Even companies with good systems can get into trouble if they don’t manage their growth. To avoid this fate, Jim Kabel created a “dashboard” — a set of fundamental numbers that shows the monthly trends in their sales and production pipeline: leads, close rates, job profits, and customer...

     

Legal

  • When the Customer Won't Pay

    Bad things happen in the construction industry when the economy gets rocky. Work is scarce, and it’s hard to get paid. I can’t help you with the work part — but I can tell you how to get paid.

     

Products

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    Products

    Drywall primer; affordable whirlpool tub; easy replacement windows; quiet garbage disposer; more

     

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