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Features

  • The Four-Day Bath Remodel

    A California remodeler specializing in bathroom renovations shares his secrets for producing a complete bath-room makeover in less than a week.

     
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    Getting Change Orders under Control

    If you have problems tracking change orders, you’re probably not getting paid for a lot of extra work. A production manager for a successful California remodeler tells how her company handles change orders, from setting client expectations to creating a complete paper trail.

     
  • Housewrap vs. Felt

    We’ve fielded a lot of questions from builders who use housewrap air barriers, but wonder how these new mate-ials compare with felt paper when it comes to keeping water out of the walls. An expert in wood technology draws on his own research to explain how the properties of housewraps and felt...

     
  • Sneak Preview: New Tools for '99

    When it comes to new tools — whether cordless, pneumatic, or good ol’ hand tools — there’s no place like the National Hardware Show in Chicago. Here’s what the major manufacturers unveiled this year.

     
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    Using Water Heaters for Radiant Heat

    A veteran plumbing contractor points out the advantages of using a gas water heater instead of a boiler for a hydronic heating system.

     

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    The best low-flow toilets, easing the labor shortage with the welfare-to-work program, new shear wall design, the Cadillac of scaffolding systems, support for women in construction

     

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  • Resources

    Graphic guides for frame construction & interior details, mobile home repair guide, state-by-state licensing regs, updated Victorian-period details, pictorial guide to plumbing

     

Products

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    New spray adhesives, portable site-storage system, new star-head fasteners, color-coded ball valves, padlocks and chains for site security