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Longer runtimes and greater power are making cordless circular saws more useful on the site. Our tool editor takes a close look at the available models.
Sometimes heavy floor coverings, furniture, or built-ins reduce the area available for radiant heating. This heating specialist shows how to turn walls and ceilings into heat emitters.
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A lighthearted look at the state of the industry at the turn of the last millennium.
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Q: We have had good luck using the old-fashioned technique for exterior stucco: 1/2-inch plywood, felt paper, wire mesh, then 1 inch of plaster in three coats. Last year our luck ran out. We built a house on a hill where the wind just didn’t stop. A year later, one face — the gable end of a...
Q: How can the bubbling be eliminated when skim-coating joint compound over a painted surface?
Q: I have an unfinished mahogany door that has gotten water stains. How can I get rid of these stains before finishing?
Q: As part of a remodel, I have to replace the carpet on a floor framed with 2x10s on 12-inch centers. The joist span is 20 feet, and the floor bounces so badly that things on the table shake when someone walks through the room. Is there a good way to fix this problem before recarpeting?
Q: I recently inspected a home that had 3/8-inch OSB corner bracing. The surface stamp indicated that the strength axis of the panel ran in the long direction (see photo, below). I assume this means the panel should be applied with the long dimension across the studs, yet the builder had installed...
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Using Paint Shop Pro to communicate with clients
Home inspection resource
Breaking out of the work triangle
Plastic sump pit, convenient concrete anchor kit, safety lanyard, see-through storm shutters, stainless steel door, better duct tape, chimney-top vent fan
Some handy hand tools
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