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Letters

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    Spanish on the job site; safety first; wind hold-downsfor rafter tails; faster plaster repair; building onthe beach; more

     

News

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    In the News

    New tax break takes shape; top-dollar tarps in New Orleans; unvented crawlspace design guide; 2005 Solar Decathlon; more

     

Q&A

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    Q&A: Fixing a Noisy Condo

    Q. Fixing a Noisy Condo I'm renovating a condominium that shares a wall with the adjoining unit. Sound from the neighboring unit the ringing telephone, the dishwasher, and especially the TV travels right through the double 2x4 common wall, which has fire-rated drywall sheathing on one of the...

     
  • Q&A: Dealing With a Peeling Floor Finish

    Q. Dealing With a Peeling Floor Finish Recently, I removed wall-to-wall carpeting from an older maple floor finished with (I presume) polyurethane. While the finish had some paint splatters and stains, the flooring itself looked to be in good shape, so I simply scuff-sanded it with a pole sander...

     
  • Q&A: Compressive Strength Of Cellular PVC Trim

    Q. Compressive Strength Of Cellular PVC Trim What kind of compressive strength do cellular PVC trim products such as Azek have? Can they be safely sandwiched between a supporting column and a bearing beam, for example?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Understair pantry; hidden header detail; sturdy deck protection; firmer footing

     

Business

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    Team Hiring - A Group Decision

    I'm a remodeler in Northern California and do about $1.5 million per year in kitchens, baths, and whole-house remodels. Much of the work is subbed, so we can do this volume with a relatively small full-time crew; currently we have two in the office and three in the field.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Pint-sized peel-and-stick; metalconnectors; durable exterior trim; whole-house audio & video

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Delta 36-255L TwinLaser miter saw; handsaws; concrete & masonry tools

     

Backfill

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    Stare-Worthy Handrail

    The meticulously restored exterior of this late-19th-century mansard-roofed Victorian home in Cambridge, Mass., gives no clue to the presence of a beautifully crafted and surprisingly whimsical central staircase within.