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Federal regulation of VOCs has made the change to latex finishes inevitable. A painting contractor explains how to get the same quality and performance from water-based paints that you were accustomed to with oil-based products.
In second-story additions, existing bearing walls can limit your design choices. A design/builder tells how he used steel and engineered lumber to handle large loads and wide spans.
Some finish carpentry installations leave no room for error — like fitting a built-in desktop into a three-sided nook. These two techniques guarantee accuracy in even the tightest situations.
Not every sales lead is worth following. Here’s the point system one remodeling company uses to screen prospective clients over the phone — before wasting time on an estimate.
Hands-on tips for running a successful construction company.
Ordering hardwood trim is a lot more complicated than buying pine at the lumberyard. Success depends on careful planning, clear communication, and a good working relationship with a reputable millwork shop.
Building inspector defends practices, R-value of cellulose insulation, L.A. quake revisited
Leaks in high-temperature plastic exhaust pipes, new asbestos regs coming, training architects as builders
Q: What simple CAD program can you recommend for generating low-tech working drawings?
Q: Do "vapor-retarder paints" really work? Can I rely on them as the sole vapor barrier in an old house? If so, can you recommend some brand names?
Q: Can low-flow fixtures cause any problems with residential septic systems?
Designing transitions between rooms
How to include gross profit in your selling price
The shortcomings of arbitration
Simple scheduling software
A porch roof diaphragm for lateral loads
Caulking in the cold
New books on accounting
Stock cabinets for a custom kitchen
Here’s a look at new and noteworthy products we think will help you build better, faster, and smarter.
Old-time tool talk: Pass the butter firkin, please
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