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A CPA explains how to organize your monthly schedule so that you’re always keeping an eye on job costs — and turning a profit.
A durable job depends on using the right mortar, anchoring the stone to the concrete, and providing weep holes for water that penetrates the veneer.
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In this hands-on review, our tool tester takes a close look at five cordless kits that contain the essentials — a circular saw, a recip saw, and a drill.
A master plumber provides a step-by-step method for sizing water supply pipes, based on code and common sense.
Gross margins, SIPs in Juneau, locating a tubing cutter, avoiding mold, more
“Visitability” regulations, aging baby boomers, hazardous suburbs, contractors defeat the IRS, an energy-efficient steel wall, more
Q. When installing a mortar-bed shower floor, should the gap between the drain and the adjacent tiles be finished with grout or with caulk?
Q. A customer with insulated-glass windows has a problem with excessive condensation on the interior of the windows. Can you please list the most important causes of high humidity in a home? A. Energy and sustainable
Q. Can vinyl siding be installed directly over foil-faced rigid foam?
Q. It’s not unusual for a foundation to be slightly out of square. If the house has brick veneer siding, it’s sometimes necessary for the first course of bricks to overhang the concrete foundation. What is the maximum safe overhang in such a situation?
Q. I’ve heard that if you use 5 1/2-inch-thick fiberglass batts in a 2x4 wall, the insulation will have a higher R-value than standard 3 1/2-inch batts provide. But some people say that compressing fiberglass batts lowers the R-value. What’s the story?
Q. Can solid surfacing be used for flooring in a bathroom?
Q. What is the best way to attach gutter downspouts to a house with EIFS?
Adding on to a vintage foursquare house
Head off problems before they arise
When do you get paid if you finish a job ahead of schedule?
Switching lights with X10 controllers
Compact excavators, hole saws with stamina, an easy-open utility knife, acrylic block windows, a drywall suspension system for domes, high-capacity toolbags, PVC railings, more
DeWalt’s new compound miter saw
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