October 1995 Table of Contents

Estimating Basics for Remodelers

Accurate job-cost information and a thorough estimating checklist help this successful remodeler win jobs that make money. Read more

Reciprocating Saw Update

Tool manufacturers have introduced a whole new crop of these versatile demolition tools. Here’s an up-close look at what’s available. Read more

Remodelers' Guide to Lead Paint

Remodelers have an obligation — both legal and ethical — to protect workers and clients from the hazards of lead-based paint. A research scientist specializing in environmental health offers practical guidelines for reducing this risk on the job site. Read more

Site Skills for Job Foremen

Good organizational skills are as important to a job’s success as technical know-how. An experienced foreman reviews the rules he and his crews follow to ensure quality while keeping the job moving. Read more

The Complete Coverup

For upstairs additions, weather protection is critical. A second-story pro from the rainy Northwest explains his method for fast, effective tarping. Read more

Transit Tips

A finish carpentry foreman explains how to use a transit for fast, accurate layout of framing and finish work. Read more


Ventilation questions, curved valley rafter layout Read more

Eight-Penny News

Referral network for insurance repairs, ambitious research into storm-resistant houses, MSDS for sawdust Read more

Q&A: Frostproof Slab-on-Grade

Q: We are faced with a site for a 1,400-square-foot, story-and-a-half house in a northern climate with a 6-foot frost depth. We propose to build the house on a slab-on-grade foundation, some of which will be near ledge. Does the footing for such a slab have to extend below the 6-foot frost depth, or can it float on gravel? Read more

Q&A: Painted Plywood Floors Q&A: Painted Plywood Floors

Q: Can painted plywood be used as both the subfloor and finish floor over 24-inch on-center joists? What thickness would the plywood need to be? Would I need two layers? Read more

Legal Column: Avoid Verbal Contracts

The dangers of verbal contracts Read more

Focus on Energy: The Right Way to Insulate a Floor

Installing batt insulation under floors Read more

Kitchen & Bath
For What It's Worth

Improved eye protection, new ladder bracket for roof work, airtight can lights, foam vapor barrier seals for plumbing penetrations Read more

Toolbox: Safety Glasses Cleaning Station

Taking care of safety glasses Read more

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