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When faced with cutting a hip rafter at an angle other than 45 degrees, it helps to know a little trig. An experienced framer provides the step-by-step formulas you’ll need to lay out the hips for a bay window roof.
Using PEX tubing and panel radiators, the author retrofitted central heating with minimal disruptions to framing and finishes.
Many older homes are out of level from rotted sills or settled pilings. A restoration specialist explains the tools and techniques he uses to lift the building out of the ground and provide a firm foundation before renovating the finishes.
Small changes in both the office and the field can lead to greater efficiency and bigger profits. A veteran remodeling contractor tells how he boosted his company’s productivity without spending a lot of time and money.
High water tables and poor soils preclude the use of conventional sewage treatment methods on some new and existing house sites. One solution is a system that combines a sand filter and shallow drainage field designed for use by more than one household.
This step-by-step technique for preassembling extension jambs and casings guarantees tighter joints and a better finish.
Replacing ungrounded receptacles, clip-head nailers discussed, bidding teamwork, ladder safety
Growth controls affecting builders, promoting green building, working with inspectors, tax deductions for business start-up
Q: My remodeling customers are frequently skeptical when I replace their old 5-gallon toilets with 1.6-gallon toilets. They have heard of problems like "skid marks," multiple flushes, and so forth. Also, the word I have heard from the field is that pressure-assisted toilets create more problems...
Q: I have trouble removing old latex paint. It doesn’t scrape well and it gums up sandpaper. What’s the best way to do this?
Q: Recently we installed a new oak strip floor during renovation of an old unoccupied house, and now the floor has permanently cupped. The house is built over a fairly damp crawlspace and has diagonal board floor sheathing. The original yellow pine flooring was badly damaged by termites, so we laid...
Q: What’s the scoop on joist hanger nails? Are they as strong as full-length nails? Can you use them to attach the hanger to the beam?
Fitting stairs into a small plan
Keeping good employees
Protecting yourself with a license & insurance
Palmtop punch list
Sizing deck joists for a hot tub
Using moldings in the kitchen
New soft-sided tool bag, premitered vinyl door trim, easy-mix epoxy, classy eye protection
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