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Features

  • Common Construction Defects

    Defect litigation has become a billion-dollar industry in Southern California, driving many contractors out of business. A defect specialist describes the most frequent errors he encounters — from structure to finishes — and tells how to prevent them.

     
  • Special Report: Insect Infestations in Buried Foam

    Rigid foam insulation used below grade provides hidden pathways for termites and carpenter ants, and makes it impossible to chemically treat the foundation. We examine the problem, the costs, and possible solutions.

     
  • Interview: Spec Remodeling Strategies: Tips from a Pro

    Spec remodeler Larry Dworin tells how he chooses, restores, and markets “fixer-uppers” that provide him with a steady income and a high return on investment.

     
  • New Portable Table Saws

    Three tool makers have introduced new portable table saws with wider rip capacities, more accurate adjustments, and other new features. Here’s a side-by-side comparison.

     
  • Organizing the Small Construction Office

    Does your office look like a tornado just blew through it? This simple method improves efficiency by putting everything where it belongs.

     
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    Stucco Flashing Details

    Like most claddings, stucco is not watertight unless it’s properly flashed. A stucco contractor explains how to detail openings, penetrations, and terminations to keep the water out.

     

Letters

  • Letters

    Housewrap debate continues, job-site power tips, commonsense safety, roof framing math

     

News

  • Notebook

    Remodelers lobby Washington, Y2K fix for QuickBooks, EPA cracks down on lead paint, bad siding suit decided, energy code trade-offs

     

Q&A

  • Q&A: Insulating a Flat Roof in a Hot Climate

    Q: I am reroofing a flat roof framed with 2x10s on a house in Tucson. The foil-faced batt insulation was installed more than 25 years ago and seems very spotty, so I’d like to replace it while the roof is stripped. Winters are mild here, but the summer heat is brutal. I use both a/c and evaporative...

     
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    Q&A: Applying Clapboards on a Curved Wall

    Q: I am trying to put 1/2x4-inch redwood beveled siding on a wall with a 4-ft. 8-in. radius. It doesn’t seem like a very tight radius, but so far I have only gotten up three courses before a board splits out. It seems as if each piece wants to pull further from the wall at the top. I have some...

     

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