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  • A Small Builder's Guide to Accounting

    Here’s a painless introduction to the sometimes bewildering world of debits, credits, and double-entry accounting.

  • Building Doghouse Dormers

    Adding small dormers is a classic remodeling job. With the right techniques, a two-man crew can frame, sheathe, and close in a dormer in one day.

  • Laying Wood Floors Over Concrete Slabs

    Wood flooring can “warm up” a cold concrete slab — but moisture is an ever-present concern. A leading flooring expert shows how his system of vapor barriers and a floating plywood subfloor produces a perfect job every time.

  • The Dirty Dozen -- Common Plumbing Service Calls

    Take a tour with a master plumber as he makes the rounds of the twelve most common plumbing repairs.

  • Tools for Tight Spots

    Remodelers constantly get into tight situations where run-of-the-mill tools just don’t fit. Here’s a collection of tools that can save you hours of frustration when working in close quarters.

  • Working With Tile Backerboard

    As a substrate for tile, cement-based backerboards have become the leading choice over moisture-resistant drywall and mortar systems. We sort through the options and give tips for a problem-free installation.



  • Letters

    Drainage details, valley rafters, home inspectors disagree on ethics



  • Eight-Penny News

    Non-toxic treated wood, phone-in comp claims save money, more termite bashing



  • Q&A: A Clear Finish For Wood Siding

    Q: What type of clear finish do you recommend for exterior siding?

  • Q&A: Cutting Concrete

    Q: What’s the best way to cut through a concrete wall? A concrete saw won’t cut all the way through an 8-inch foundation wall. We’ve even tried suspending a jackhammer from the floor joists, but this is awkward at best and leaves a ragged edge.







Kitchen & Bath


  • For What It's Worth

    Adjustable steel jambs, three-in-one roof panels, reversible kitchen sink, flexible moldings



  • Backfilling Basics

    Careless backfilling can cause cracked and bowed walls, unsightly settlement, and basement leaks. Here’s how to avoid costly repairs and do the job right.