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Letters

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    Safety at gunpoint; air movement and R-value; hiring illegals; tough jeans

     

News

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    New pressure-treated lumber promises less corrosion; OSHA decides employers must pay for safety gear; more

     

Q&A

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    Sealing Around a Chimney

    Q: Code requires that there be a 2-inch-minimum clearance between a chimney and any combustible building materials. In the past, I've tightened attic penetrations around masonry chimneys with metal flashing and used a fireproof caulk to seal the joints. B

     
  • Refinishing an Inlaid Wood Floor

    Q: I'm refinishing a 70-year-old oak floor with inlaid mahogany accents. Some areas are damaged and need a few minor patches. How can I maintain the contrast between the oak and the mahogany while minimizing color variations between new and old material?

     
  • Subpanel Bonding

    Q: Is it possible to properly bond an electrical subpanel without running four-wire SER cable to it from the service-entrance panel? Some electricians have told me that under certain circumstances the subpanel can have its own ground wire and rod, while o

     

Business

Legal

  • Can Property Owners Sue Subs?

    Some time ago in Colorado, a property owner hired a contractor to construct a building. Not long after it was completed, a heavy snowfall caused the roof to collapse. The property owner did what you would expect him to do: He sued the contractor. But he also sued every sub who had ever set foot on...

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Patio doors; heating & cooling

     

Toolbox

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    Canadian Flexi Drills Drill Bits

    If you don't have the right tools, fishing wires can be the ultimate exercise in frustration.

     
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    Milwaukee Model 2601-22 Cordless Drill

    There's a lot to like about Milwaukee's newest compact cordless drill, model 2601-22.

     
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    DeWalt DC927KL Hammer Drill

    DeWalt says its new 18-volt nanophosphate lithium-ion batteries can endure 2,000 charging cycles.

     
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    Metabo PowerGrip II Cordless Drill

    A conventional-sized cordless drill is a bit much for tasks like installing cabinet doors and electrical devices; a better option would be a cordless screwdriver such as Metabo's palm-sized PowerGrip II.

     
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    Makita BVR450 and BVR850 Vibrators

    Bug holes and honeycombing in your concrete work compromise strength and can lead to questions from inspectors.

     
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    Rod Chomper RCBE-6

    Trade professionals often talk about 'the right tool for the job.' When it comes to cutting and bending rebar, Rod Chomper's hydraulically operated RCBE-6 is that tool.

     
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    Jimmy T Tools Stake Puller

    Pulling out steel-form stakes isn't anyone's idea of fun, but a neat tool promises to make the job a little easier.

     

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