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  • A Contractor's Guide to Asbestos

    By Gerald L. Wykoff. Sooner or later, every renovation contractor will run into this menacing material. Be prepared in your contracts and company policies.

     
  • In Search of Simple, Low-Cost Ventilation

    By Steve Loken. If you build tight houses but aren't in love with air-to-air heat exchangers, there must be a simpler solution. This Montana builder has been experimenting.

     
  • The Chimney Safety/Heat-Loss Dilemma

    By Charlie Page. How do you seal and insulate around a chimney flue? The codes conflict and the experts disagree on how to handle this critical detail.

     
  • Tuning Up New Heating Systems

    By Harris Hyman. If you think that a new, engineered heating system is going to work flawlessly from the day it's installed, you're in for a surprise—and a callback.

     
  • Update on Plastic Plumbing

    By Richard E. White. Before plastic plumbing makes any inroads into residential water-supply systems, the manufacturers wi ll have to come up with a better joint system.

     

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