May 2003 Table of Contents

Become an Award-Winning Builder Become an Award-Winning Builder

A successful remodeler explains how to go about winning awards and how it pays off in customer trust and satisfaction. Read more

Framing an Octagonal Roof Framing an Octagonal Roof

A master framer safely cuts and assembles a complex bell-shaped turret roof in comfort on the ground before finishing the job with a crane. Read more

High-Tech Office in a Truck High-Tech Office in a Truck

From returning phone calls to getting change-order approvals, this remodeler makes his time in the field twice as productive. Read more

Tool Test: Fixed-Base Routers Tool Test: Fixed-Base Routers

Fixed-base routers now come with variable-speed switches, soft-start, and precision depth control. Here's a review of available models. Read more

Smarter Site Work with Geosynthetics Smarter Site Work with Geosynthetics

These tough plastic fabrics and grids take some of the uncertainty out of drainage, retaining walls, and other earth work. Read more

Working with Flexible Trim Working with Flexible Trim

Bendable polyester moldings can add a high-end look on a production budget. A veteran trim carpenter reveals some tricks for using them effectively. Read more


Nails as brick ties, rainscreen siding details, vermiculite insulation, swelling of OSB panels Read more

In the News In the News

Wood dust cancer, EPA stormwater rules, septic alternatives, new salvaged wood supply, solar electric resurgence Read more

Q & A
Q&A:Photo Documentation Tools

Q. I'm involved in historic restoration and annually shoot a couple of hundred images. I'm looking for a simple (and inexpensive) software that will allow me to take the photos and do markups for comparison. What do you recommend? Read more

Diagnosing a Moisture Problem in a New Post and Beam House Diagnosing a Moisture Problem in a New Post and Beam House

If condensation is appearing on windows, green timbers might be contributing to excess humidity in the home. Read more

Q&A:Competing in a Small Market

Q. I'm a general contractor in a small town where there are many licensed contractors, which makes competition fierce. Some local contractors seem to think the way to do business is to give their materials away at cost and to charge $25 per hour for labor Read more

Attic Ventilation on a Home With No Soffits Attic Ventilation on a Home With No Soffits

There are ways to retrofit eaves ventilation even when there's no soffit, thanks to these innovative specialty products. Read more

Extractive Bleeding on Cedar Siding Extractive Bleeding on Cedar Siding

How good water management practices and back priming can minimize this problem. Read more

Business: Controlling Costs With Design-Build

Controlling costs with design-build Read more

Legal: When a Promise Becomes a Warranty

When does a promise become a warranty? Read more

Computers: Share and Share Alike: Setting Up a File Server Computers: Share and Share Alike: Setting Up a File Server

Efficient, streamlined file sharing with a file server Read more

Kitchen & Bath

High-strength underlayment, low-slope roof solution, new roof nailer, easy rainscreen, frozen pipe protection, preassembled handrail, more Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: 3x21-Inch Belt Sanders

No Pain, No Grain: These new belt sanders run smooth, straight, and clean and take some of the pain out of sanding. Read more

Tool Test: Routers

Two for One: Router conversion kits offer plunge- and fixed-base routers in one package. Read more

Backfill: Slipcover Stairs Backfill: Slipcover Stairs

Shop-built custom stairs Read more

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