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  • Case Study: Flat Truss Failure

    Excessive indoor moisture and heat caused the plates in these 2x4 floor trusses to spring loose and the floor to sag.

     
  • Concrete Block Foundations

    A mason describes how to lay out, reinforce, drain, and waterproof block foundations for top performance.

     
  • The Electrical Panel

    In this guided tour of a distribution panel, a master electrician tells how to make sure an electrical system is wired safely and correctly grounded.

     
  • Interior Trim Tips

    A finish carpentry foreman shares his strategies for producing high-quality finish jobs on time and on budget.

     
  • Interview: Through Thick and Thin A Design/Build Partnership

    Years ago builders Devon Hartman and Bill Baldwin decided to join forces. We talk with them to find out the secret of their success as business partners.

     
  • Laminate Countertops On Site

    A cabinet specialist describes the tools, materials, and techniques you’ll need for building high-quality custom countertops on site.

     

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    Q&A: Taking the Twist Out of Wide Pine Flooring

    Q: We build a lot of reproduction Colonial homes and have problems with wide pine flooring shrinking, warping, and splitting. What is the best way to control this?

     
  • Q&A: Foam Under Floors

    Q: Can I use rigid foam panels sandwiched between subfloor and finish floor to insulate over a crawlspace?

     
  • Q&A: Leveling Existing Concrete

    Q: We need to level a concrete floor. Is there a way to grind or pulverize the old slab? Are there any other options?

     

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