February 1991 Table of Contents

Bench Test: 12-Volt Cordless Drill

As cordless technology advances, drills get more powerful and efficient. We test six of the newest 12-volt models. Read more

Choosing the Right Dust Mask

Here’s an overview of common site dust hazards and the most effective, low-cost respirators to guard against them. Read more

Coping With Product Callbacks

Contractors share the problems they’ve had with faulty building materials — and the lessons they’ve learned. Read more

Getting Practical About Job Site Safety

A veteran production framer describes how he manages safety now that accident reports, workers comp bills, and OSHA fines stop at his desk. Read more

Moisture Problems: Five Case Studies

A veteran building consultant shows the consequences of moisture mistakes and gives a short course on moisture basics. Read more

On Site in Japan: Observations of A U.S. Framer

A Seattle framer visited Japan to teach American framing techniques, and in the process learned a new respect for that country’s building tradition. Read more

Survey Results: Small Contractors Speak Out on Safety

With ever-increasing regulations and skyrocketing insurance premiums, safety is getting more attention from builders and remodelers. Here’s how JLC readers approach the issue. Read more

Building Stairs with Stock Parts: Part II

An experienced stair builder gives step-by-step instruction. In Part II, this month, we cover layout and installation of a traditional stair rail. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Sealing Metal Roofs

Q: How should metal roof panels be joined in high-wind areas to prevent water infiltration? Read more

Q&A: Insulating Tight Crawlspaces

Q: How can the floor over a 4- to 5-inch crawlspace be insulated? Read more

Q&A: Preventing Truss Uplift

Q: Is there any way to stabilize roof trusses to prevent "truss chord uplift?" Read more

Q&A: Rx for Bleeding Siding

Q: How can pine resins be sealed to stop bleed-through on exterior siding? Read more

Q&A: Reviving A Crumbling Plaster Wall

Q: How can the surface of old, flaking, and crumbling plaster be preserved? Is a thin coat of joint compound acceptable? Read more

For What It's Worth

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