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By working closely with a modular manufacturer, it’s possible to build a custom-quality home faster and less expensively than the site-built variety. A New Jersey builder of solar homes tells how he does it.
We take a close look at hand-held and wheelbarrow models, and sort out the performance differences between single-stage vs. two-stage pumps and oil-less vs. oil-bath types. An explanation of air-delivery ratings and a heads-up on new design features to look for make this article a must-read before...
A project coordinator for a large remodeling company explains how they successfully run multiple projects using subcontractors for everything, including framing and finish carpentry.
Roofing membranes are not the only way to protect living space located beneath exterior decks. Adapting a technique from the boat-building industry, this builder uses two-part fiberglass resin to provide a durable, watertight deck surface. Here’s a step-by-step description.
An hvac contractor shows how he uses advanced controls and motorized dampers to provide balanced zone control in forced-air heating systems, in both retrofits and new installations.
Follow-up questions on using water heaters for radiant heat, framing sub speaks out, clarification of span-to-depth ratio of floor trusses, architect espouses teamwork
Heatway & Goodyear square off in radiant tubing failure, L-P adds money to siding settlement, Senergy leaves EIFS group, dangers of fluorescent lamps, wood stoves & Y2K, mold lawsuits in Calif., benefits of insulating attics
Q: What happens to the R-value when you stuff R-19 insulation into a 2x4 stud cavity?
Q: The specs for spray-applied urethane foam insulation say that it does not absorb water (hydrophobic). So why is it never used on the outside of foundations?
Simple exterior details that increase curb appeal
Methods for monitoring & improving cash flow
When you disagree with the building inspector
New Act add-on for builders
Concrete manuals, a how-to for collecting what you’re owed, curved stairbuilding guide, street map of the U.S. on CD-ROM & more
Extreme-temp caulk, smart fan-light, graffiti removers, insulated headers, masonry cleaner, shock-absorbing gloves
Ergonomic hammers & other cool tools
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