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A concrete contractor explains how he creates good-looking walks, drives, and patios by combining aggregate finish concrete with inlayed brick and stone.
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Successful fireplace surrounds
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At the end of their military service, people who are honorably discharged are entitled to return to work, even when an absence spans up to five years.
Solid surfacing; bathroom ventilation
Easy access panel; glass-tube fireplace; engineered lumber; housewraps; electrical equipment
Lasers and levels; saw blades; Porter-Cable high-pressure nailer; inventional wisdom
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