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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Legal debate; quality-control checklist; call for advice; woodpecker problems; more

     

In the News

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    In the News

    Deck ledger bolting schedule may become code; pump-truck accident; West Coast Green show; more

     

Q&A

  • Sawn vs. Plywood Shims

    Q: Ideally, pier/beam connections are always properly aligned, with the pier at the right elevation to fully support the beam above. But in the real world, a little shimming always seems to be required. Are shims ripped from framing lumber really adequate

     
  • Q&A: Service-Entrance Cable Under a Garage

    Q: The proposed location for my client's new detached garage is right on top of a buried service-entrance cable. The electric meter is mounted on a pedestal about 100 feet from the house, and a conduit runs to the house through the area where the garage —

     
  • Fast Fix for Dark Paneling

    Q: We recently completed the remodel of a 1970s relic complete with dark paneling and shag carpet. In some areas, the homeowner acquiesced and allowed us to apply new 1/2-inch drywall over the old paneling, while in other areas we simply painted over it.

     

On the Job

Business

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    Business

    Prepare your company for the end of the year; get paid faster with credit cards

     

Legal

  • How a Bidding Error Can Turn Into a Disaster

    It's your worst nightmare: You've submitted a bid, it's been accepted, and then you find out there was a mistake in your estimate or that your bid was based on a subcontractor's mistake.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Fencing; soundproofing; lighting

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Makita 2704X1 table saw; roll-around trim station; concrete & masonry cutting; floor installation

     

Backfill

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    Breakneck Backhoe

    With a top speed of 20 mph, most backhoe loaders are unlikely candidates for the passing lane. The HMEE (high-mobility engineer excavator) is different.