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  • Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations

    Correctly placed perimeter insulation eliminates the need for a deep frost footing. A Midwest builder explains this CABO-approved method for building foundations and slabs-on-grade.

  • Going Belly Up: A Builder Looks Back

    Unmanaged growth can result in “too much of a good thing.” A former builder looks with 20/20 hindsight at what he should have done to keep his company from going out of business.

  • Quality Vinyl Floors

    A professional floor installer describes the best methods and materials to use for a durable resilient floor.

  • Quick Kitchen Estimates

    Clients often want to know what their new kitchen will cost before they’ve picked cabinets or decided on countertop material — even before they’ve finalized the layout. This unit-price approach will help you produce rough estimates quickly and with a minimum of guesswork.

  • The Ultimate Stick-Built Wall

    One advantage of stick-framing is that you can build walls flat and square on the deck. But why stop there? Siding, windows, and trim can all be installed before you raise the wall. A veteran framing contractor shows how it’s done.



  • Letters

    Protecting against bad clients, teaching the Japanese to build




  • Q&A: Is Treated Wood Weaker?

    Q: Is treated southern pine as strong as untreated southern pine? Can I use joist tables for untreated southern pine lumber to size treated joists?

  • Q&A: How to Keep Miters Tight

    Q: In my area of South Carolina, changes in humidity often cause miter joints to open up over time. I plan to use biscuits to keep my miters tight. Would I be better off using epoxy instead of yellow glue when gluing up the biscuits? Should I check all my lumber with a moisture meter?

  • Q&A: Patching Water-Damaged Plaster

    Q: My company has done plaster repair work for many years. After repairing water-damaged walls or ceilings, we occasionally get called back to "fix" an unsuccessful repair. Our second repair attempt involves digging out a very bumpy, chalky substance, and more often than not, we have to repeat this...








  • For What It's Worth

    Retracting safety line, extension cord with power indicator light, longer steel studs