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    Building a Curved Stairway

    Simple framed walls support the treads and act as forms for bending the rails and stringers.

     
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    Decorative Shingling With Fiber Cement

    Pattern shingles can be efficiently produced on site from fiber-cement lap siding.

     
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    Framing Flaws

    These common errors could lead to expensive callbacks later on.

     
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    Period Kitchen Remodel

    Vintage details and clever reorganization help an updated space blend into an old home.

     
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    Surviving Wildfire

    Five Southern California "shelter in place" communities have proven they can stand up to raging wildfires. What can builders learn from their success

     

Letters

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    Letters

    More power for dump trailer; pricing custom work; in search of drywall shims; source for layout stick

     

News

  • In the News

    Two workers die in separate electrocution accidents; GAF rolls out new green roofing system; closing the book on 2007; more

     

Q&A

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    Snow Loads on Roofs

    Q: I've always thought that building codes leave a pretty generous margin for error when specifying allowances for snow loads, but a series of recent storms and a lot of drifting have resulted in some collapsed roofs in my area. I've seen some roofs with large loads on one side and virtually none...

     
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    Tile Doorway Detail

    Q: Tile Doorway Detail When there's an entry between an exterior tiled deck and an interior living space, how should the threshold be detailed so that the doorway doesn't leak? My client uses a wheelchair and would like the interior and exterior floors to be in approximately the same plane.

     

Business

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    Putting a Purchase-Order System in Place

    As a financial consultant to small construction companies, I've seen lots of cases where a builder finished a job and the bookkeeper closed the books on it — only to have a late subcontractor bill for that job show up months later.

     

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    Tight Fit in Toronto

    To judge by its dimensions — 45 feet by 6 feet 6 inches — the structure at 128 Day Avenue in Toronto has more in common with a bowling alley than with a residence. And in fact, the site it occupies was originally meant to be an alley.

     

Other Articles

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    JLC Extra Q&A: Tips for Snaking Wires

    Q. I have to rewire an old home that has well-maintained plaster walls throughout. I'd like to do this without gutting the interior. Any tips for wire-snaking?