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OSHA has finally realized that some of its fall protection rules are impractical for residential jobs. But to get a waiver, builders will have to improve training and supervision, and prepare detailed safety plans.
Don’t take the easy way out when retrofitting flashing to an existing chimney. This proven technique from a veteran roofer locks the flashing in place for a watertight seal.
Tile may shed water, but a tile job is not waterproof. A master tilesetter explains how to use trowel-applied and sheet membranes to protect against leaks.
Every construction software package promises the world, but few deliver. Four contractors who’ve tried them all talk about the programs that work for their businesses.
In a perfect world, air retarders and careful insulation details would keep moisture out of the roof. But real buildings are never perfect, and venting is still the safest approach, especially in cathedral ceilings.
APA defends panel grading system, ready-mix radiant slabs
Modular and panelized techniques reduce costs, insulation contractors fight fluffing, beefy new connector resists uplift
Q: Do the coatings on power-driven "gun nails" hold as well in the wood as a common nail driven by hand?
Q: I’m currently remodeling a vacation home where the copper plumbing has developed pinhole leaks because of an acid water condition. To save money, my client wants to replace the copper pipes with CPVC plastic, but my plumber says that’s a bad idea. Who’s right?
Getting rid of surface water
Can subcontractors file liens?
Stiff floor for ceramic tile
Simple pressure test for ductwork
Voice mail for small businesses, retrofit zone thermostat for hydronic heat, new I-joist rim board
Self-feeding screwgun adapter
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