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Letters

  • Letters

    Photos prove the point; flashing, not caulk; shimming jamb extensions; energy code follow-up

     

News

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    In the News

    Expanded AFCI requirements; trenching turns deadly in Southern California; nicad battery recall; more

     

Q&A

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    Reducing Garage-Door Noise

    Q: We recently completed a residence with a basement garage and a single 20-foot-wide garage door. The door is equipped with a commercial opener attached directly to the framing. Because the homeowners - who have a master suite directly above the garage - have complained about the noise the door...

     
  • Can Heat From a Wood Stove Damage Taped Drywall Joints?

    Q: We've been called back to repair the ceiling of a vacation-home addition we built last year. The 5/8-inch fire-rated drywall ceiling is covered with 14 inches of blown-in insulation. All the tape joints performed well except those within a 6-foot radius above the wood stove; they've lost...

     
  • Fixing Cracks in Engineered Flooring

    Q: Last spring, I installed floating engineered flooring over the original vinyl-covered concrete-slab floor of an old New York City apartment. Even though I followed the manufacturer's installation guidelines, the 8-inch-wide planks began to cup, and cracks measuring 1/32 to 1/16 inch opened up...

     
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    Best Underlayment Fasteners

    Q : When we install vinyl flooring, we like to fasten the underlayment with staples because they install quickly and don't need setting or filling afterwards. But occasionally we've noticed minor squeaking in some of our floors. Assuming that we're using the correct number of fasteners, would we...

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Raising the bar on efficiency; restoration in the round

     

Business

Legal

  • Excluding Work From a Contract

    Most residential construction disputes happen because the contractor and the homeowner have different expectations about how a job will be handled.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Fein MultiMaster and accessories; bits & blades; cabinetmaking

     

Backfill

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    Not Your Grandfather's Power-Tool Race

    Belt-sander racers step aside: Your tools just aren't fast enough — and even if they were, they're way too ordinary-looking to compete in the Power Tool Drag Races.