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Features

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    Built-Up Hot-Mop Roofing

    A roofing contractor with 30-plus years in the business tells why traditional built-up roofing continues to be popular and describes how to lay down a long-lasting roof.

     
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    Choosing Laminate Flooring

    Laminate flooring looks better than ever and is easy to install, but you have to select the right product for a durable installation.

     
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    Ground-Source Heating & Cooling Gets Better

    Direct-exchange heat-pump technology is pushing energy efficiency through the roof, and because it requires far fewer feet of ground loop, systems can be retrofitted even on small lots.

     
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    Strong Rail-Post Connections for Wooden Decks

    After testing deck ledger attachments, researchers at Virginia Tech crank up the loads on guardrail posts to see what it takes to make a code-worthy connection.

     
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    Interview Getting Into Insurance Work

    Insurance work may look like a gravy train of good-paying remodeling jobs, but there's a lot more to it. An adjuster-turned-restoration specialist explains the ropes.

     

Letters

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    Letters

    Hispanic labor; strong hips; attic mold; water-heater efficiency; tandem compressors; more

     

News

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    In The News

    Storm-protection products take off; Arizona cracks down; Washington state's safety-inspection spat; private firms to conduct inspections in Houston; more

     

Business

  • Developing Unit-Cost Assemblies for Estimating

    Someone posted a question on JLC’s estimating forum recently about using standard assemblies to reduce the amount of time it takes to estimate. He wanted to know how to develop the assemblies and how detailed they ought to be.

     

Legal

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    Why Operate Legally?

    It's hard to be competitive when you do everything you're supposed to, yet know the system is rigged against you if you don't.

     

Computers

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    Let BuildWorks Basic and Quicken Show You the Money

    Compared with Timberline or Great Plains, Intuit's QuickBooks Pro is a simple entry-level accounting system. But "simple" is a relative term. For a small contractor who just needs a way to replace the checkbook in his back pocket, even QuickBooks can be overwhelming.

     

Kitchen & Bath

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    Kitchen & Bath

    Outdoor kitchen equipment; tile backers and substrates

     

Products

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    Products

    Tight-budget transom; garage-door facelift; caulks & sealants; landscaping products; standby generators

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Framing tools; job-site communication; DeWalt demolition hammer

     

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