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  • Contracting Without a Crew

    Employee-free doesn’t mean hassle free: A solid schedule and good lines of communication are crucial when you sub out the whole job.

     
  • Common Electrical Inspection Failures

    The last thing a gerneral contractor needs is to have a job put on hold because of a failed electrical inspection. A master electrician shows how to identify the trouble spots before the inspector does.

     
  • Hanging And Finishing Drywall

    It’s sometimes difficult to schedule a drywall sub for small jobs. This remodeler avoids the problem by estimating, hanging, and finishing his own drywall. Here’s how he does it.

     
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    Installing EPDM Rubber Roofs

    Half-lap, move over. For leak prone flat and low-slope roofs, it’s difficult to beat the cost and performance of this single-ply rubber roofing.

     
  • The Invisible Addition

    A sucessful addition looks like it’s always been there. This West Coast designer totally transformed a cramped, post-War tract house without changing the architectural character of the neighborbood.

     
  • Solid Surface Update

    This premium countertop material continues to be difficult to obtain and install without factory training. A Massachusetts remodeler sorts through the confusing array of products and takes a look at the installer certification process.

     

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  • Q&A: Push-In Connections on Receptacles

    Q: Many of the receptacles I use have push-in connectors on the back. Does a push-in connection perform as well as the side-mounted screw terminal connection?

     
  • Q&A: Joist Sizing Rule of Thumb

    Q: Is there a simple way to size floor joists?

     
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    Q&A: No-Nails Approach to Aluminum Fascia

    Q: Last winter, our siding sub installed aluminum fascia in very cold temperatures. When the weather warmed up, the fascia expanded and buckled severely. What’s the proper way to install aluminum fascia to prevent this from happening?

     

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  • For What It's Worth

    Budget panel saw kit, self-adhering plaster patching fabric, rugged roof-stripping tool

     

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