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  • Estimating Basics for Remodelers

    Accurate job-cost information and a thorough estimating checklist help this successful remodeler win jobs that make money.

  • Reciprocating Saw Update

    Tool manufacturers have introduced a whole new crop of these versatile demolition tools. Here’s an up-close look at what’s available.

  • Remodelers' Guide to Lead Paint

    Remodelers have an obligation — both legal and ethical — to protect workers and clients from the hazards of lead-based paint. A research scientist specializing in environmental health offers practical guidelines for reducing this risk on the job site.

  • Site Skills for Job Foremen

    Good organizational skills are as important to a job’s success as technical know-how. An experienced foreman reviews the rules he and his crews follow to ensure quality while keeping the job moving.

  • The Complete Coverup

    For upstairs additions, weather protection is critical. A second-story pro from the rainy Northwest explains his method for fast, effective tarping.

  • Transit Tips

    A finish carpentry foreman explains how to use a transit for fast, accurate layout of framing and finish work.



  • Letters

    Ventilation questions, curved valley rafter layout



  • Eight-Penny News

    Referral network for insurance repairs, ambitious research into storm-resistant houses, MSDS for sawdust



  • Q&A: Frostproof Slab-on-Grade

    Q: We are faced with a site for a 1,400-square-foot, story-and-a-half house in a northern climate with a 6-foot frost depth. We propose to build the house on a slab-on-grade foundation, some of which will be near ledge. Does the footing for such a slab have to extend below the 6-foot frost depth...

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    Q&A: Painted Plywood Floors

    Q: Can painted plywood be used as both the subfloor and finish floor over 24-inch on-center joists? What thickness would the plywood need to be? Would I need two layers?









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  • For What It's Worth

    Improved eye protection, new ladder bracket for roof work, airtight can lights, foam vapor barrier seals for plumbing penetrations