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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Open-cell foam in unvented attics; code clarification; bees in brick; Alaska energy code

     

News

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    In the News

    New fact sheet on Hispanic immigrants; loyal clients help umberyard rally after fire; worker injured in scaffold accident; more

     

Q&A

  • Stopping Condensation Behind Knee Walls

    Q: A house we built about eight years ago here in Tennessee has ductwork running through the space behind the upstairs knee walls. The exterior side of the framing has been developing condensation, but only in extremely cold weather. There are no vents in

     
  • Does a Bathroom Fan/Light/Heater Unit Require a Separate Circuit?

    Q: Can a fan/light/heater unit be placed on the same circuit as the bathroom's required 20-amp receptacles, or does it require its own separate circuit?

     
  • Will Radiant Heat Melt a Wax Ring?

    Q: My company has been contracted to build a new bathroom. Plans include a tile floor installed over a radiant-heated slab. Will the heat generated by the hydronic tubing embedded in the slab cause problems with the wax seal between the toilet and the dra

     

Business

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    Save Time With a Lead Sheet

    The first estimate my company ever produced was for a basement remodel. I spent an hour driving back and forth to the prospective client's house, two hours talking to her, and then several more hours doing a detailed estimate.

     

Legal

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    The Minuses of Cost Plus

    My observation has been that customers like cost-plus contracts. Even though a cost-plus job and a fixed-price one cost the same — in theory.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Paints & coatings; builders' hardware

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Makita 5377MG hypoid saw; demolition; measuring

     

Backfill

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    A Master at Work

    Watching from a distance as Fred Sprinkle quickly set pilings with his excavator, I had the impression he was handling much smaller sticks of wood.