July 2002 Table of Contents

A Pop-Top Shed Dormer

A remodeler describes how he created a dormer by jacking up part of an existing roof instead of building it from scratch. Read more

Financing Spec Homes

A builder tells how he uses banks, home equity, subordination agreements, and private investors to get the money to build on spec. Read more

Getting Quality From Fiberglass Insulation

To get the most from fiberglass batts, you have to start thinking about insulation at the framing stage and coordinate with other subcontractors. An insulation contractor explains. Read more

Innovative Products 2002

This year’s roundup of problem-solving tools and materials will help you build better and work smarter. Read more

Manufactured Fireplaces

Manufactured fireplaces require no foundation or special framing, and most can be installed in a day. This article explains the available options and how to choose a high-quality product. Read more

Repairing a Stone Foundation

A Colorado builder explains how he poured a new foundation well around the existing one to provide support and a smooth surface for waterproofing. Read more


Roofing felt, rotary laser follow-up, plumbing a well pump, sizing supply pipes, more Read more


NAHB pulls out of NFPA code process, new device for drying basements, California claimed unfair to nonunion apprenticeship programs, suburb’s no-step entry requirement dropped, Business Tune-Up, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Painting Popcorn Ceilings

Q. Several of my customers have “popcorn” ceilings that are old and dirty. Is there any way of painting them short of spray-painting? Read more

Q&A: Wood Floors in the Kitchen

Q. I have a customer who insists on having red oak strip flooring in her kitchen. I’ve tried to talk her into a more durable, scrubbable flooring, but she won’t hear it. Is there anything that the floor finisher should do differently to protect the oak floor? Read more

Q&A: Long-Span Floor Joists

Q. Would floor trusses or wood I-joists be stronger over a 26-foot span? Read more

Q&A: CAD Question

Q. I’m looking for a CAD program that can produce 3-D drawings of a feature like a custom soffit that incorporates arches. I would also like to do standard house drawings. If I could take a digital photo of a project and make changes to the existing house for presentation, that would be perfect. Read more

By Design
By Design: Lighting a remodeled galley kitchen

Lighting a remodeled galley kitchen Read more

Legal Adviser
Legal Adviser: Why Wait to Get Paid?

Taking steps to ensure prompt payment Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Toolbox: Senco cordless finish nailer, Milwaukee power caulker

Senco cordless finish nailer, Milwaukee power caulker Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: Sliding Compound Miter Saws

From cripples to cornice to crown, sliding compound miter saws are the way to go. Our tester runs 11 saws from frame to finish. Read more

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