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Letters

  • Letters

    Unnecessary roof venting; dangers of thin plywood paneling; no freebies; more

     

In the News

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    In the News

    Homes for injured veterans; layoffs in the housing sector; call 811 before digging; more

     

Q&A

  • Exposed I-Joists

    Q: A client has asked me to build a practical outbuilding with a wood floor system. For simplicity's sake, I'd like to place it on a Sonotube foundation and use continuous-span wood I-joists. The bottom of the I-joists will be about 16 to 24 inches off the ground, and the perimeter joists will be...

     
  • Polyurethane Paints for Wood Windows

    Q: My client's old wood windows are badly in need of a new paint job. My client, a sailor, suggested using a high-performance polyurethane enamel boat paint on the windows to cut down on future maintenance. It seems to me that if a finish can adhere to the hull of a wooden boat, it should be able...

     
  • Painting DensShield

    Q: I'd like to use a coated glass mat tile backerboard like DensShield in a shower stall, but would like to stop the tile about 78 inches above the floor rather than completely covering the walls and ceiling. Is it okay to continue the backerboard all the way up to the 8-foot-high ceiling - which...

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Wainscoting for wavy walls; homemade dispensers

     

Business

  • dba Design-Build

    In this article I'll share some of the lessons we've learned over the last seven years of design-build work. We still have much to master — if only I live that long.

     

Legal

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    Why Your Contract Should Contain an Indemnification Clause

    Say a GC signs a contract to build a fence for a homeowner. After the job is done, the homeowner hits the fence with his car but does not repair the damage. A couple of weeks later the fence falls on a neighbor who is walking down the sidewalk. Who is liable for the neighbor's injury?

     

Products

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    Products

    Windows; garage doors; decking

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    DeWalt DC628 15-gauge cordless finish nailer; compact compressors; lithium ion

     

Backfill

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    A Carpenter's Home Is His Castle

    As a union carpenter, T.J. Baker works on large, complicated structures like baseball stadiums, computer-chip factories, and high-rise hotels. So what does he do in his spare time? The same thing most carpenters do: He remodels his house.