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A construction accounting specialist shows how to generate detailed job-cost reports by using Quickbooks like a powerful electronic checkbook.
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Q: I am rehabbing an old two-story balloon-framed house with a crumbling limestone foundation. I need to jack the walls slightly to repair the foundation. The floor joists rest on a 2-by leveling plate, and the 20-foot-tall studs are face-nailed to the sides of the joist ends (see illustration)...
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