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  • Coping With Low-VOC Paints

    Paint manufacturers are changing their formulations to meet new solvent regs in metro areas. A painting contractor reports on how the controversial new paints are affecting job quality and profitability.

     
  • A Hard Look at Hardboard Siding

    This 50-year-old product has taken its share of knocks. Is it because of inherent problems or because installers and owners aren't holding up their end of the deal? JLC takes a look.

     
  • Landscaping With Brick Pavers

    Brick and concrete pavers can provide an attractive and durable outdoor surface. An expert explains how to select and install the materials.

     
  • Rural Driveways

    A paving expert describes how to plan, prepare, and pave a long driveway. The key to longevity is a good drainable base.

     
  • Sealing Around Windows

    In this new section, readers share techniques they've found useful for solving sticky construction problems.

     
  • Stripping Exterior Paint

    A restoration expert explains the pros and cons of mechanical, chemical, and heat paint removal and how to test and bid a job.

     

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