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Letters

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    License decision judged unfair; cheap fix for plywood paneling; deck-ledger brackets; more

     

News

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    In the News

    Construction emissions face scrutiny in California; paint-related lawsuits multiply; licensing in Georgia; more

     

Q&A

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    Should Caulk Guns Be Pushed or Pulled?

    Q: Should Caulk Guns Be Pushed or Pulled?

     
  • Painting Steel Roofing

    Q: When installing painted steel roofing, is it necessary to coat the edges of cut panels in order to prevent rust?

     
  • Waterproofing Under a Stone Countertop

    Q: Is it okay to use Schluter's Kerdi material as a waterproofing membrane beneath a stone countertop? Because it's flexible, I plan to use it to cover the plywood substrate on top of the cabinets, and then turn it up the wall a few inches so that I can w

     
  • Persistent Mildew

    Q: Twelve years ago, we sided a house with vertical-grain cedar treated with a solid oil stain. When mildew started to appear, we were asked to return and apply a second coat of stain. The house cleaned up nicely when we washed it with a bleaching solutio

     
  • Block Walls, Vapor Barriers, and Solar Vapor Drive

    Q: With a cavity wall assembly consisting of load-bearing 8-inch CMUs (concrete masonry units), 2 inches of rigid foam, a 2-inch air space, and 4-inch concrete bricks covered with cementitious stucco and an acrylic color coat, how important is dampproofin

     

Business

  • Improve Your Cash Flow

    Many contractors complain bitterly about their lack of cash flow. That's no surprise, given that employees, subs, and vendors all expect to be paid — whether or not the customer has paid the company.

     

Legal

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    Protect Your Lien Rights

    Consider this scenario: During the course of a project, the homeowner pays the contractor, but the contractor doesn't pay his subs or material suppliers. One of the subs or suppliers then files a construction lien on the property. The homeowner, of course, goes crazy. He has already paid, he says...

     

Kitchen & Bath

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    DeWalt 745 table saw; cordless drills; ladders

     

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    The Truth About Thomas Crapper

    It sounds like a straightforward trivia question: Was the flush toilet invented by a Victorian Englishman named Thomas Crapper, and is his name the source of the slang expression for that invention?