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  • The Basic Masonry Chimney

    Safety first is the chimney builder’s prime rule. An expert mason tells how to detail a masonry chimney that will meet both code and budget.

     
  • Design Fees for Remodelers

    Rather than give away free design work, this Georgia remodeler gets a retainer after his rough drawing and ballpark estimate are accepted.

     
  • Designing Additions That Fit

    If you want your additions to complement the existing building, follow these guidelines from a Denver architect who specializes in residential remodeling.

     
  • Detail: Cinching Up an Old Schoolhouse

    This repair of a cracked brick building illustrates the forces at work when an old foundation settles and how to master them.

     
  • Floating Hardwood Floors

    Longstrip floors, manufactured and prefinished in Europe, install quickly and can go over almost any level surface. An industry consultant explains how.

     
  • Interview: Sunspace Business: Changing with the Times

    Sunspace veterans Robert Chew and Ray Silva discuss the changing market for sunrooms, and their diversification from sunspace installers to successful remodelers.

     
  • Slabjacking Basics

    A veteran slabjacking contractor explains how grout injection can lift and level tilting slabs.

     
  • When You Have To Cut A Truss

    Trusses are engineered systems and cannot be simply cut and headed off like rafters. Two case studies demonstrate the care needed to safely modify a truss.

     

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