May 2000 Table of Contents

Building A Custom Sunroom

A sunroom specialist shows how to frame, glaze, and flash a durable, elegant solar addition. Read more

Engineered Exterior Trim

A wide range of engineered wood, plastic, and fiber-cement trim products are available for builders who are considering alternatives to solid lumber. Read more

Framing Nailers Framing Nailers

This job-site review of available stick nailers will help you in making your next purchase. Read more

High-Tech Home Wiring

Because of its greater data capacity and reasonable cost, Category 5 wiring has replaced conventional bell wire in custom homes. Here’s what you need to know to install it correctly. Read more

Installing Metal Panel Roofs

A Florida roofing contractor tells how to select and install a screw-down metal roof. Read more

Predicting Cash Flow

This straightforward system will help you manage cash flow, and avoid disruptive shortfalls and expensive loans. Read more


Stripping stinks; controlling floor vibration; vapor barrier vs. vapor retarder Read more


Portland, Ore., growth restrictions; Minnesota energy code takes on backdrafting; new concrete reinforcing; top ten building markets Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Wiring a Two-Pole GFCI

Q: I have a 240-volt electric job-site heater, which is required by the NEC to be GFCI protected. Will a 120/240 two-pole GFCI breaker provide protection for a 240-volt load with no neutral? In what situations would a 120/240 two-pole GFCI breaker be recommended? Read more

Q&A: Correcting Sagging Joists Q&A: Correcting Sagging Joists

Q: A double 2x8 floor joist that runs beneath a nonbearing partition has deflected 5/8 inch in the middle. If I jack the joist up, returning the compressed and stretched wood fibers back to their original positions, will they stay that way? Read more

Q&A: Installing Cedar Siding Over Rigid Foam Sheathing Q&A: Installing Cedar Siding Over Rigid Foam Sheathing

Q: What are the risks of installing cedar siding directly over foil-faced rigid foam insulation? Should tar paper or housewrap be used as well? Read more

Q&A: Using Pressure-Treated Wood for Trim

Q: We are planning to use pressure-treated wood as exterior trim on a house with fiber-cement siding. The siding will be finished with acrylic paint. Is pressure-treated wood appropriate for use as exterior trim? What precautions, if any, are necessary when painting pressure-treated wood? Can we use the same acrylic paint we will be using on the siding, or should we be using an oil-based paint? Read more

By Design: Bungalow Additions

Avoiding bungled bungalow additions Read more

Strictly Business: Crystal Ball Gazing

Using the past to predict future job volume Read more

Legal Adviser: What Does Your Insurance Cover?

Check your insurance coverage before the crisis hits Read more

Resources: Small Business Accounting

Small business accounting manual; guide to working alone; builder’s field guide Read more


Cheap live-current tester; underground electrical splice kit; new compact whole-house AC; ICF bolt holder; squeak-free floor fastener; ridge-vent installs with nailgun; undercabinet halogen lights; fancier thermostats Read more

Toolbox: High-Voltage Cordless Saws

New higher-voltage cordless circular saws Read more

Backfill: A Concrete Slab for Y3K

A temple built to last a thousand years Read more

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