November 1995 Table of Contents

Beating the Big Chill

Productivity drops when it’s cold, and some materials, like caulks, glues, concrete, and plaster, just won’t perform well. We compare features on several types of portable heaters and give tips on how to match the heater to the job. Read more

Design Rules For Adding On

Additions don’t have to look like they were just stuck on. An architect tells how to blend new space with existing in ways that make the original structure more attractive. Read more

Interview: Managing Subs

Every successful builder has to learn to work effectively with subcontractors. A commercial contractor with roots in residential construction talks about the systems he uses to keep his subs on budget and on time. Read more

Making Room at the Top

Storage trusses have no center panel point and a heavier bottom chord, creating usable attic space for little extra cost. Read more

New Laws New Lights

Beginning this month, the federal Energy Policy Act will do away with some of the most popular fluorescent and incandescent bulbs. Here’s how to pick appropriate replacements. Read more

Sturdy Site-Built Stairs

Sawn-carriages are strong and easy to build, but housed-stringers hide shrinkage better. A finish carpenter explains a method for building stairs that takes advantage of both approaches. Read more


Baluster busting revisited, simple water level Read more

Eight-Penny News

Contractors working together, OSHA funding cuts spark changes, housewrap study Read more

Q&A: Flaking Concrete Q&A: Flaking Concrete

Q: What causes a concrete slab to form a thin top coat that can flake off or, if something is dropped on it, chip off in big pieces? Some customers want a glasslike finish on their garage floors, but after screeding and power troweling, the surface often becomes a thin, flaky material that doesn’t adhere to the rest of the mix. Is this caused by too much troweling? Read more

Business Forum: Estimate Equals Actual

The mechanics of subcontractor liens Read more

Legal Column: Liening on a Customer

The mechanics of subcontractor liens Read more

Kitchen & Bath
For What It's Worth

Skylight tubes, portable job-site cooler, flexible J-channel, low-VOC contact cement Read more

Toolbox: Trim Champ

Compound miter conversion kit for circular saws Read more

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