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Letters

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    Letters

    When designs don't meet code; New Jersey reality check; gutter detail; sprinklers; more

     

News

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    In the News

    Lead-paint lawsuit; California's revised lighting standards; report from New Orleans; smelly new septic systems; Florida roofers go comp-free; more

     

Q&A

  • Does Flooding Damage Framing Lumber?

    Q. My son's house has been sitting in 10 feet of water since the levee between Lake Pontchartrain and the Mississippi River broke following Hurricane Katrina. He's considering tearing the two-story home down to the studs. I'm wondering if wooden studs sta

     
  • Are Translated Policy Manuals Necessary?

    Q. Are Translated Policy Manuals Necessary? I believe an employee policy manual is required for general contractors in California, and employees must sign off on having read it. But many Spanish-speaking workers don't read English. How do contractors hand

     
  • Bringing Two-Wire Circuits Up to Code

    Q. What's the quickest and easiest way to bring a two-wire circuit up to code?

     
  • Do Shakes Need an Underlayment?

    Q. Is it necessary to use felt paper or Tyvek behind cedar shakes on gable walls that are not heated or cooled?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    An adjustable electrical box; pan flashing for stone sills; controlling the daily dust

     

Design

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    Enclosing a Front Porch

    It used to be that on warm afternoons folks would sit out on the front porch to catch some air and chat with passersby strolling down the sidewalk.

     

Business

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    Business

    Insuring the remodeling site; staying in touch with clients

     

Legal

  • Mold and the Law

    I've been asked to share with you any medical, scientific, and legal wisdom I have regarding mold. Don't worry, it won't take long.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Fiber-cement siding clips; dune-friendly decking; drywall & accessories; ridge vents; masonry

     

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