February 1986 Table of Contents

A Tale of Two Contractors

Harris Hyman looks at the challenges encountered when homeowners take on the role of contractor. Read more

Bathroom Lighting

The problem with bathroom lighting, Patrick J. Galvin explains, is that it's usually overlooked in the planning and design phase. Here, Galvin offers some strategies and tips for lighting the bath. Read more

Can't Collect? Lien On 'Em

The bane of many a builder or remodeler is collecting payment. Kathleen Aharoni discusses how to file a mechanic's lien versus a foreclosure suit, and what to watch out for. Read more

Feds To Sell FHA?

Harlow Unger looks at the Reagan administration's move to sell the FHA and its chances for success. Read more

Managing the Family Owned Business

Patrick J. Galvin outlines several pitfalls to avoid when managing and marketing the family-owned construction business. Read more

Roof Pitch and Building Form, Part II

Gordon Tully continues his overview of roof designs, illustrating alternatives to the typical gable roof. Read more

Running a Business from the Customer's Point of View

Changing the way you think of and communicate with clients can result in a great reputation and greater referrals, reports Jon Hardie. Read more

Some Little Known Tools of the Trade

There are some truly innovative and helpful gadgets out there to make our jo bs easier, and Jon Eakes shares the ones he's found work well. Read more

The Insurance Crunch: Paying More and Getting Less

William S. McIntyre explains why insurance costs keep going up, from worker's comp to builder's risk. Read more

You and Your Accountant

Bradford W. Ketchum, Jr. describes how builders can evaluate and improve their rapport with accounting professionals. Read more

On The House

Flue Insulation, Fireplace Safety, Instantaneous Water Heaters, Basement Drainage Read more

Restoration Primer

Standards for Old House Rehab Read more

Building Failures Forum: A Failure and Success Information File

Raymond diPasquale speaks on reducing costly job-site errors: the first step is to set up a system to keep track of them. Read more

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