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Features

Letters

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    Letters

    Building paper; backpriming decks; newel layout

     

News

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    In the News

    Flooring guidelines under attack; recycling ordinances; Spanish-language safety video; more

     

Q&A

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    Narrow Shear-Wall Solution

    Q. I'm the project manager for a construction company that's building a series of townhouses. In one of our designs, the garage walls are only 10 inches wide. There isn't any room to expand these walls, but they still need to be reinforced to prevent rack

     
  • Q&A: A Use for Recycled Concrete

    Q. One of the contractors I'm interviewing to install a driveway surfaced with interlocking concrete pavers has suggested using recycled concrete rather than processed stone as a base material. He claims he's used it already on several driveways and that

     
  • Q&A: Do Door Jambs Need Shims?

    Q. When I install prehung and precased doors, I use shims to plumb both the hinge and strike jambs before nailing off the casing. But I've been on jobs where the carpenters plumb the hinge side of the door and then nail the prehung casing solid to the stu

     
  • Q&A: Bending Copper Pipe

    Q. On a recent job, a plumber who was soldering up 1/2-inch Type L copper supplies encountered an I-joist. So that he wouldn't have to cut into it, he used a pipe bender to give the pipes a slight 3- to 5-degree bend. Is this okay, or would it be better t

     

Design

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    Making Guardrails Look Good

    An exterior guardrail presents an opportunity to explore a house's design themes in detail. All too often, designers and builders opt for an ill-considered stock railing that technically performs the guardrail function but neglects the spirit of the building it serves.

     

Business

Legal

  • Spell Out Your Standards of Workmanship

    We've all been there at some point: The contract's signed and you've started the job, but the customer says your work isn't good enough. Even though you believe the work meets the industry standard, you go ahead and put in more hours to improve it, because that's what your customer wants.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Door hardware; manufactured stairs; closets & accessories

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    DeWalt LaserChalkLine; Bosch 14.4-Volt Impactor; work lights; routers & accessories

     

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