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  • Fast Forming for Stepped Footings

    A builder describes shortcuts he developed to simplify and speed up the forming of stepped footings.

     
  • Heat-Recovery Ventilators

    HRVs are still a mystery to many builders. A veteran installer describes how to select and install premium ventilation systems in tightly built homes.

     
  • Reviving the Rumford

    A mason explains what makes the Rumford such an efficient fireplace and tells how to build one.

     
  • Simple Specs for Small Jobs

    Writing a good set of specs is just as important as drawing the plans. Here’s how to organize your specs and what to include in them.

     
  • Soil Compaction Basics

    A soils engineer explains the tests and techniques used to achieve good compaction every time.

     
  • Truss Bracing Tips

    This layout and bracing method, developed on the job, can make roof truss installation go more smoothly.

     

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    Q&A: Combining Radiant and Baseboard Heat

    Q: I have a hot-water system feeding high-temperature baseboard heaters and a low-temperature radiant slab. How should the system be set up to accommodate these separate zones?

     

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