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  • Tool Test: Tool-Activated Vacuums

    A combination of to-do lists, paper calendars, and a computer contact manager keeps multiple jobs on track.

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    Basic Scheduling for Increased Efficiency

    A combination of to-do lists, paper calendars, and a computer contact manager keeps multiple jobs on track.

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    New Life for Old Kitchen Cabinets

    A kitchen remodeler tells how he determines if cabinet refacing is a viable option, and how to ensure professional results.

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    Manufactured-Stone Nightmares

    A remediation contractor explains how improperly installed synthetic-stone veneer can cause severe rot damage in the wood framing underneath.

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    Stair-Building Tools

    Manufacturers have developed specialized tools for laying out, cutting, drilling, and installing stair parts. Here's a close look at how they work on site.



  • Letters

    Immigrant labor; sealed crawlspace follow-up; a remodeler risk; more



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    In The News

    Supreme Court to hear eminent domain case; another deck collapse; guarded optimism about prices; a "pay when paid" contract is challenged in Massachusetts; more



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    Weep Holes in Brick Veneer

    Are weep holes in a typical wood-frame brick-veneer home required anywhere other than at the bottom? What about over and under windows?

  • Securing Dishwashers To Stone Counters

    I've been unsuccessful in finding a permanent method of securing dishwashers to the underside of stone countertops. I've tried using construction adhesive and epoxy to secure the small metal tabs, but with no long-term success. One countertop installer sa

  • Compacting Stump Holes

    I'm about to pour a slab on a site where several stumps were removed, leaving 2- and 3-foot-deep holes about 4 feet across. The backhoe operator went ahead and filled in the holes with dirt from the site (sandy loam, pretty good stuff), drove over them a



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    Finding Your Niche

    There's an old saying that you can't be all things to all people. Yet how many times have you seen ads for contractors that include the words "specializing in" and then go on to list every conceivable service from additions to professional dog-walking?



  • How Bidding Errors Affect the Contract

    I just had to explain the doctrine of "mutual mistake" to a small bidder on a local construction project. It was painful for both of us: painful for me because I didn't like telling him he was stuck between a rock and a hard place, and painful for him because he was stuck.How bidding errors affect...


Kitchen & Bath


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    Satellite-dish mounting platform; maintenance-free door frame; windows; heating products; historic restoration



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    Tile tools; toolbelts and bags; job-site radio review



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    A hull of a basement remodel