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  • A Billing System for Builders

    Cash flow makes or breaks any business. But when you’re running more than one job at a time, keeping track of who owes how much can be complicated. Use this simple billing system to get what you’ve got coming.

  • Fastening Newel Posts

    To meet code, stair railings need sturdy newel posts. A finish carpenter gives tips on anchoring both solid and hollow newels.

  • Solid Surface Countertops

    If you are a good finish carpenter, chances are you have the tools and skills needed to make and install solid surface counters. Here are step-by-step instructions by a remodeler who does all the work right on site.

  • Leakproof Details for Shallow Roofs

    Conventional steep-slope roofing materials can be made watertight even on low slopes. Here are some details and techniques that work.

  • Straight Talk About Hip and Valley Rafters

    If they’re too small or poorly supported, hip and valley rafters can sag and slip. An engineer walks through the details of proper sizing and support.

  • Sub-slab Vapor Barriers

    A slab poured directly on top of a vapor barrier dries more quickly on top than on the bottom, causing cracking and curling in the concrete. Here’s one way to solve the problem.



  • Letters

    Keeping up with OSHA regs, blood lead levels clarified, nail strength, OSB



  • Eight-Penny News

    Worker deaths in Denver spawn new approach to safety, new sick building study, structural brick makes a comeback










  • For What It's Worth

    Cement block spacers, nontoxic treated wood, convertible basement window