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Letters

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    Letters

    Framing tip; trigger-happy carpenters; defense of recessed lights; broken compact fluorescents; more

     

News

  • In the News

    Study shows high on-the-job death rate for Hispanic workers; San Diego launches new recycling mandate; states crack down on copper theft; more

     

Q&A

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    Best Corner Framing

    Q: What's the best way to frame outside corners?

     
  • Concrete Without Steel?

    Q: Does the addition of fibers eliminate the need for steel in a concrete-slab basement floor?

     
  • Burying Electrical Wiring In Attic Insulation

    Q: I know that knob-and-tube wiring can't be covered with insulation, but what about BX cable and joist-mounted junction boxes? Are there any restrictions on blowing cellulose insulation into an attic and burying the cable and junction boxes?

     
  • Gluing a Glulam

    Q: For one of our projects, we need to make a solid wood attachment to a glulam beam that seems to have a special finish on it. Should we use a particular type of glue to make the connection?

     
  • Flexible Fittings and Plumbing Codes

    Q: No-hub rubber couplings with band clamps on the ends are handy for making all sorts of plumbing connections, but are there limitations on where they can be used?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Tricky miter; giant jig for big ellipses; tree protection

     

Business

  • Using Checklists to Eliminate the Punch List

    In 2001 my Atlanta remodeling company, SawHorse, launched a “zero punch” program, which sought to eliminate the final punch list on all jobs. Since we had five or six project managers on the payroll at any given time, as well as working relationships with a couple of dozen subcontractors, the...

     

Legal

  • Cleaning the Slate

    A short time ago, a remodeler hired me to solve a dispute he had with a customer. He had been building an addition, and when he began framing the walls he discovered that the foundation slab was out of square. The concrete sub owned up to the mistake, and at no charge to the customer fixed the...

     

Kitchen & Bath

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    Kitchen & Bath

    Kids’ activity center; faucet for vessel sinks; in-line bathroom fan; more

     

Products

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    Products

    Three-way outlet; rotary dimmer; wireless smoke alarm; finish for pressure-treated lumber; more

     

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Backfill

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    Model Home for Sale

    Every year since 2001, home builder Cape Associates of North Eastham, Mass., has built a playhouse replica of a local historic building. Past models have included the town library, the Coast Guard station, and the famous Outermost House, which was swept off the beach during a winter storm in 1978.

     

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