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Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at... More

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Blasting Holes in Houses

It's not as fun as a beer cannon, but it might lead to more tornado-resistant homes. More

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Drug Testing Employess

Keeping up with tile standards; simple mosaics; laminates; decorative hardware More

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Trade Talk: Understanding Mortar

Making sure of mortar types More

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Backfill: Carpentry Goes to the Dogs

Builders in the doghouse More

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Q&A: Identifying Poria Fungus

Q: While renovating a home in New Jersey, I found a fungus-like growth a few... More

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Q&A: Mildew-Resistant Paint

Q: Which paints are more mildew-resistant, oil-based or acrylic? How can I prevent mildew from growing on painted surfaces? More

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Q&A: Painting & Staining PT Wood

Q: How should paints and stains perform on pressure-treated wood? I haven’t had a lot of luck painting the PT wood decks I build: The paint seems to fail after only two or three years. Is this because pressure-treated lumber is so wet, or do the chemicals used to treat the wood cause the paint to come off? More

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Well-Drilling Basics

Hitting a vein of potable water is half science and half luck — and there are no guarantees. A rural housing specialist tells how to make sure you’re getting a fair shake from your well driller. More

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Remodelers' Guide to Lead Paint

Remodelers have an obligation — both legal and ethical — to protect workers and clients from the hazards of lead-based paint. A research scientist specializing in environmental health offers practical guidelines for reducing this risk on the job site. More

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