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  • 1200SM100

    Builder Blunders

    Nobody's perfect, but some builders are more imperfect than others. A veteran troubleshooter describes some memorable on-the-job mistakes.

  • 1203HELe

    Building Poured-Concrete Homes

    Forming and pouring four 2,500-square-foot houses is all in a day's work for this tract builder.

  • 1203uh-le

    Installing Fiber-Cement Siding

    Fiber-cement siding is no fun to cut and handle, but its price and durability make it a good deal for spec houses. An experienced installer tells you how to work with it efficiently.

  • 1203PA1

    Tool Test: Reciprocating Saws

    A veteran carpenter tests and reviews the current crop of pro-grade recip saws.

  • 1103YELE

    Repairing Slate Roofs

    With good technique and matching materials, repairs to a slate roof can be invisible and as durable as the original roof.



  • 1203LE51


    Humidity sensor, new pressure-treatment formulations, ledger support, hard-hat reminder



  • 1203ne-08

    In the News

    No copyright for building codes, refinance boom dwindling, baking houses, tornado lessons



  • 1103QA51

    Q&A: Various Wall Flashing for Exterior Chimneys

    Q. What's the right way to flash an exterior masonry chimney to the wall of the house?

  • Q&A: Reinforcing a Slab Over Disturbed Soil

    Q. I need to pour a thickened-edge slab foundation for a two-story garage apartment across a recently dug 2-foot-wide utility trench. The backfill over the trench has subsided, and I'm concerned that the foundation may sag and crack at that point. Can I add rebar to the slab to span this area, or...

  • Q&A: Floor Tiles vs. Wall Tiles: What's the Difference?

    Q. One of the tile showrooms where my remodeling clients shop has tiles displayed in two sections, one for floors and one for walls. What's the difference between a floor tile and a wall tile? Is it possible to interchange the two?



Kitchen & Bath


  • 1203PR1


    Wiring raceway, remodeling shower valve cover, escape ladder, arch supports, sawhorse brackets, instant shelving



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