June 1994 Table of Contents

A Simple Custom Entry

A classy covered porch doesn’t have to cost a mint. This one uses stock materials and simplified construction but blends perfectly in a neighborhood of ornate traditional homes. Read more

Brick Veneer Basics

Brick veneer lasts longer and requires less maintenance than other siding materials. A Midwestern masonry contractor describes installation techniques. Read more

Getting a Grip on Railing Codes

Railing codes are strict when it comes to strength and safety, but flexible about handrail profiles. A builder looks at the current regs and how they may be changing. Read more

Shopping for Wood Windows

New windows sport a host of glazing, hardware, and finish options, as well as flexible custom features. Here’s a guide to help you sort through the choices. Read more

Subs and Workers Comp -- Avoiding the Hidden Costs

Builders everywhere are looking for ways to reduce their workers comp insurance premiums, which have more than doubled in recent years. Getting certificates of insurance from subs is a good place to start. Read more

Working Safely With Air Nailers

Air nailers help your crews get tedious nailing chores done quickly, but they also create safety hazards. A contractor describes a simple safety program that works. Read more


Drug testing defended, home inspector questions the profession’s standards Read more

Eight-Penny News

States getting serious about workers comp fraud, borate-treated foam studied, houses of straw Read more

Q&A: Sealing a Foundation Cold Joint Q&A: Sealing a Foundation Cold Joint

Q: We are pouring a foundation for a full-basement addition in an area with a high seasonal water table. What is the best way to detail the joint between an existing foundation and the new foundation to prevent water from leaking in? Read more

Q&A: Choosing Deck Woods

Q: Which lasts longer for deck planking — redwood, cedar, or treated pine? Read more

Business Forum: Taking the Mystery Out of Loans

Small business loans may be easier to get than you think Read more

Legal Column: Who Pays For Shipping Damage?

When goods are damaged in transit, the shipper, receiver, or carrier may be liable — depending upon the contract Read more

State-of-the-Art Contractor: Utilities for Windows and the Mac

Utility programs diagnose setup problems for PC and Mac users Read more

Focus on Energy: CO detectors - Cheap Insurance

Carbon monoxide detectors are reasonably priced and no bigger than smoke detectors Read more

Builder's Library: HomeTech Remodeling Manuals

Hometech remodeler’s guides offer sound advice on production management and estimating Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath: Custom Kitchen Design - Gathering the Facts

A client questionnaire helps in designing a truly custom kitchen for any budget Read more

For What It's Worth

Tropical alternative to treated wood, prefab drainage system, jamb extenders for vinyl windows, useful new hanger from Simpson Read more

Toolbox: The Quad Square

New layout tool has features of framing and combination squares and more Read more

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