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    Letters

    Fire sprinklers; hidden vent holes; handyman contracts; ice advice; more

     

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    In the News

    Kickback settlement; sidewinder recall; boom-market report; CO-leak investigation

     

Q&A

  • Why Doesn't a Post-Tensioned Slab Buckle?

    Q: Is it possible that a post-tensioned garage slab could literally buckle in half when the tendons are tensioned, or does rebar in the slab prevent that from happening? Also, why are these types of slabs so common in Las Vegas? Is it because of the soil?

     
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    Best Flooring for a Humid Climate

    Q: I'm planning on installing laminate flooring on the first floor of my North Carolina house, which is built on a ventilated crawlspace. But I'm concerned that the laminate finish will trap moisture and eventually lead to rot damage in the subfloor and f

     
  • Getting Rid of That Smoky Smell

    Q. Getting Rid of That Smoky Smell In a recently purchased house, one of the bedrooms was used as a smoking room by a previous owner and still smells of cigarette smoke. To get rid of the odor, my clients washed the floors, walls, ceiling, and all the win

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Truss-rolling; cheap clamps; easy bullnose corner

     

Design

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    Guidelines for Bay Windows

    A bay window relates to an exterior wall in much the same way that a dormer relates to a primary roof. Like a dormer, a bay window captures extra space and daylight for the primary volume. Also like a dormer, it can enliven an exterior elevation. If formed, scaled, and positioned appropriately, it...

     

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Products

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    Products

    Truck accessories; wood flooring; structural fasteners & connectors

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Ridgid R3210 wormdrive saw; demolition tools; drill bits & drivers

     

Backfill

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    Satellite Radio Setup

    A solar module charges the battery that powers the radio. The small gray device next to the module is the antenna. Like many tradesmen, I find it easier to get through the day if there's music playing in the background.