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Financing Spec Homes

A builder tells how he uses banks, home equity, subordination agreements, and private investors to get the money to build on spec. More

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Legal Adviser: Protecting Your Logo

Protecting your logo More

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Laying Out an Irregular Valley Rafter

A builder describes an accurate, efficient method for figuring the cuts on irregular hip and valley rafters. More

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By Design: Solid-Looking Posts for Raised Decks

Making tall deck posts look less spindly More

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Backfill: Job-Site Holdup

A true gut remodel More

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By Design: Bungalow Additions

Avoiding bungled bungalow additions More

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Resources

Guide to corporate paperwork, masonry reference, historic restoration resources More

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Q&A: Electrical Fluctuations

Q: I am having an electrical problem on a second-story addition I am currently building. The clients report that the lights dim periodically during the early morning hours, but that it’s not related to the refrigerator starting nor any other piece of electrical equipment in the house. I have tested the voltage and have found no fluctuations greater than two or three volts during the course of a day. The service is 200 amps, and the entire house has been completely rewired within the past six years. The wiring looks to have been properly installed. Is there something I have overlooked in trying to determine the cause of these electrical surges? The adjacent houses have not reported any surges. More

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Resources

Guide to small-claims court, solar design & construction handbook More

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Notebook

Soil erosion on job sites under scrutiny, 2x4 vs. 2x6 wall framing study, opposition to pay-if-paid laws growing More

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