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    Practical Engineering: Building Strong Garage Door Walls

    Not enough room for a full sheet of sheathing on each side of the garage door? Here's how to develop the required lateral bracing with end panels as narrow as 16 inches.

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    A Curved Porch on a Grand Scale

    A Rhode Island builder uses an I-joist layout grid to ensure accurate layout of the column piers for a complex porch.

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    Gypsum-Board Firewalls

    A multifamily builder finds that gypsum-board area separation walls have some important advantages over traditional masonry walls.

  • Tool Test: Point-and-Shoot Measuring Tools

    Laser measuring devices can make once impossible measurements routine, simplify calculating square footage and surface area, and perform useful geometric functions. A veteran remodeler tests five of the most popular tools on the market.

  • Protecting the Job Site

    A high-end remodeler describes his simple system for protecting existing surfaces and new work with hardboard, tape, plastic sheeting, and other inexpensive materials.

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    Painting Q&A

    There's more to a lasting paint job than choosing a color. Two experts answer builders' questions about how to make sure the paint sticks.



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    Locating vents away from soffits, top-down roofing, wormdrive saws, building paper recommendation, ASHRAE 62.2



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    In the News

    Wood and steel prices, prosecuting unintentional code violations, slimmed-down energy bill, using tires in septic fields



  • Painting Fiber-Cement Siding

    Q. Fiber-cement siding comes primed. Can I go straight to a top coat? What's the best paint to use?

  • New Slab Over Old?

    Q. I am renovating a barn where the existing concrete floor slopes approximately 6 inches in 30 feet. The architect wants me to build a level floor using wood sleepers with foam insulation in between, then pour a minimum 11/2-inch-thick radiant slab betwe

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    Various Strengthening Garage Door Walls

    Q. Can anyone explain the actual technical concern and reason that new building codes are requiring specific structural improvements on garage door "lug walls" (the short walls next to the garage door opening)?



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    Fitting the Main Stair to the Entry

    All stairs, from the humblest flight of cellar stairs to the most elegant curved entryway stairs, share the same broad functional requirements: to provide safe and comfortable passage from one level of a house to another.



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    Applying square-foot costs, using job descriptions to train and motivate, tracking labor hours



Kitchen & Bath


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    Dryer vent alternative, sturdy gutter; acid-staining garage floors; specialty hardware; soffits & fascia; hvac controls



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    PC router kit, Festool jigsaw; high-tech tools; roofing tools