March 2002 Table of Contents

Accounting Habits of Successful Contractors

A CPA explains how to organize your monthly schedule so that you’re always keeping an eye on job costs — and turning a profit. Read more

A Stone Veneer Foundation

A durable job depends on using the right mortar, anchoring the stone to the concrete, and providing weep holes for water that penetrates the veneer. Read more

Connecting to the Future

Home wiring no longer means just phone and electric. From simple lighting controllers to whole-house integrated systems for data, security, and entertainment, the residential automation market is exploding with options. Read more

Cordless Tool Kits

In this hands-on review, our tool tester takes a close look at five cordless kits that contain the essentials — a circular saw, a recip saw, and a drill. Read more

Sizing Domestic Water Pipes

A master plumber provides a step-by-step method for sizing water supply pipes, based on code and common sense. Read more


Gross margins, SIPs in Juneau, locating a tubing cutter, avoiding mold, more Read more


“Visitability” regulations, aging baby boomers, hazardous suburbs, contractors defeat the IRS, an energy-efficient steel wall, more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Grout or Caulk?

Q. When installing a mortar-bed shower floor, should the gap between the drain and the adjacent tiles be finished with grout or with caulk? Read more

Q&A: Condensation on Windows

Q. A customer with insulated-glass windows has a problem with excessive condensation on the interior of the windows. Can you please list the most important causes of high humidity in a home? A. Energy and sustainable Read more

Q&A: Vinyl Siding Over Foil-Faced Rigid Foam

Q. Can vinyl siding be installed directly over foil-faced rigid foam? Read more

Q&A: Overhanging Brick Veneer

Q. It’s not unusual for a foundation to be slightly out of square. If the house has brick veneer siding, it’s sometimes necessary for the first course of bricks to overhang the concrete foundation. What is the maximum safe overhang in such a situation? Read more

Q&A: Installing Fiberglass Batts

Q: What happens to the R-value when you stuff R-19 insulation into a 2x4 stud cavity? Read more

Q&A: Solid Surfacing for Flooring

Q. Can solid surfacing be used for flooring in a bathroom? Read more

Q&A: Mounting Downspouts on EIFS Q&A: Mounting Downspouts on EIFS

Q. What is the best way to attach gutter downspouts to a house with EIFS? Read more

By Design: Adding On to a Foursquare

Adding on to a vintage foursquare house Read more

Legal Adviser: Completing the Job Early

When do you get paid if you finish a job ahead of schedule? Read more

Trade Talk
Trade Talk: Switching Lights With X10 Controllers

Switching lights with X10 controllers Read more

Kitchen & Bath

Compact excavators, hole saws with stamina, an easy-open utility knife, acrylic block windows, a drywall suspension system for domes, high-capacity toolbags, PVC railings, more Read more

Toolbox: New Compound Miter Saw from DeWalt

DeWalt’s new compound miter saw Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: 1/2-Inch Right-Angle Drills

Our tester compares power, balance, and features on seven new right-angle drills. Read more

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