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Features

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    Air Conditioning for Humid Climates

    Balancing cooling with humidity control is a tough job in the coastal South. A North Carolina hvac pro explains how the latest generation of cooling equipment meets the challenge.

     
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    Building a Custom Saw Station

    This sturdy, portable chop-saw stand speeds finish carpentry while getting rid of the dust.

     
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    Making Old Stucco Look New

    A Northern California stucco contractor describes how he uses foam-based trim and pigmented finish coats to revitalize tired stucco exteriors.

     
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    Rescuing a Block Foundation

    Two foundation remediation specialists show how they use an engineered system of pin piles and wall ties to give new life to a failing foundation.

     
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    Hurricane-Rated Windows

    Storm-resistant windows are now required by code all along the eastern seaboard. Here's an overview of how these beefed-up units work to keep storm pressures out of the structure.

     

Letters

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    Letters

    Fee impact in California; where to find adjustable wall braces; decimal pitch conversion; hidden soffit vent details; more

     

News

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    In the News

    Lessons from Hurricane Charley; stray voltage zaps homeowners; building code comes to Pennsylvania; NAFTA panel slams U.S. on tariffs

     

Q&A

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    Can You Rip LVL?

    Q. The building codes don't allow you to rip graded lumber to a narrower width (to make a 2x6 and a 2x4 out of a 2x10, for example). But what about ripping LVL?

     
  • Insulating Basement Walls

    Q. I'm doing a basement remodel and am thinking of finishing the block foundation walls by painting the masonry with Drylok, then adhering 4-mil poly over that. Next, I plan to fur the walls with Z-studs, put 2 inches of foil-faced polyiso board between t

     
  • Mice and Insulation

    Q. Is there any way to can keep mice out of insulation? I am working on a remote cabin in southern Illinois, and the mice seem to come and go at will. I'm getting ready to insulate another room and I don't want to provide new places for the rodents to nes

     

Business

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    Accrual vs. cash accounting; finding the best remodeling customers

     

Legal

Computers

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    Computers

    Hooking up remotely; easy project collaboration with SharePoint

     

Engineering

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    Practical Engineering: Resisting Tornado Damage

    This APA storm report shows that structural sheathing, metal connectors, and strong garage walls can increase the likelihood that a home will survive all but the most powerful storms.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Protective glass coating; blueprint protector; glues and adhesives; basement finishing products

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Senco brad-nailer value pack; Hilti PD30 laser measuring device; drywall tools; plumbing tools

     

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