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Letters

  • Letters

    Joists in an old floor, repairing a concrete slab in an old floor, and more.

     

Q&A

On the Job

Business

  • In addition to creating a drawing and spec sheet, such as the one shown above, for small, medium, and large versions of each project type, the author also creates a complete estimate, including all quantities. Complex projects can be estimated by combining templatesfor example, combining templates for a kitchen addition, a powder room, and a laundry.

    Estimating Using Templates

    Whether you estimate with an off-the-shelf system or using an Excel spreadsheet, most systems today are built around a database of unit pricing items. Here are some tips to get you started.

     
  • Approving Overtime

    Managing employees' overtime can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep your staff happy and your company out of the courtroom.

     
  • Oops­— Was That 100 Feet or 1,000?

    Can a mistake related to a contract be corrected? It depends on who makes the error and how it affects the agreement.

     

Energy

Products

  • Independent Sash Locks

    Each sash on the Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung locks directly to the jamb, so one can be opened while the other stays in place.

     
  • Thick Composite

    Low-maintenance and dimensionally stable, Boral's TruExterior Trim now comes in a 1 1/2-inch thickness.

     
  • Fire-Resistant Lightweight

    Up to 30% lighter than standard 5/8-inch Type X board, Easi-Lite 30 combines reduced weight with fire resistance.

     
  • Lock & Rock

    Armstrong’s QuikStix pre-engineered drywall grid system uses two types of studs. The company claims the system cuts framing time in half.

     
  • Plumb & Play

    The Warmsource system simplifies hydronic heating by stuffing all the manifolds and controls into a little tank on top of the main storage tank and using X10 technology to eliminate the need for thermostat wiring.

     
  • Power Saver

    The EdgeHome system displays electricity use for electronic devices, allowing homeowners to see and control individual loads, thanks to controllers placed behind each outlet and switch box.

     
  • Stealth Furnace

    The 4415 High Output Linear Gas Fireplace heats up to 2,100 square feet of space and its crushed glass floor makes for sparkling aesthetics.

     
  • Attic Cooler

    This Zip System sheathing panel features a barrier on the underside that reflects radiant heat.

     
  • Clean Comfort

    The WaterSense-approved Avalanche CT toilet is a high-efficiency model that offers one-piece design with contemporary styling.

     
  • Bath to Shower

    The Bellwether is a clean-lined enameled cast iron base available in six colors and two sizes.

     
  • Floor Muffler

    For use under ceramic, porcelain, or stone floor tile, the filaments in the UltraLayer pad create a capillary effect that dampens sound as well as muffling impact.

     
  • Easy Epoxy

    Quikrete’s water-based Epoxy Garage Floor Coating kit comes in a 5-gallon pail with all you need to coat the floor of a one-car garage.

     

Toolbox

  • Wormdrive Update

    A look at what's new in Bosch and Skil wormdrive saws.

     
  • Milwaukee M18 Jobsite Radio Charger

    Milwaukee’s new 17-pound, 18-volt M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger can charge or run on any battery from the M18 platform and is the first jobsite model to include a Bluetooth receiver.

     
  • Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Multi- Tool

    A handy remodeling tool for everything from delicate material removal to finishing touches, Steve Demetrick reviews this Bosch cordless model.

     

Backfill

  • Sculptor Andrew Myers paints on a tight pattern of screws driven to different depths to create unique three-dimensional representations.

    Screw-Head Portraiture

    A hybrid of painting and sculpture, Andrew Myers' portraits use screw heads to create remarkable artwork.