October 2003 Table of Contents

Building a Sealed Crawlspace Building a Sealed Crawlspace

Sealed, conditioned crawlspaces can reduce callbacks and increase occupant comfort, says this North Carolina contractor. Here's how to build them — and how to sell the idea to the building inspector. Read more

Cordless Impact Drivers Cordless Impact Drivers

Cordless impact drivers aren't as versatile as standard screw guns, but there's nothing like them for driving lags and other heavy fasteners. Our reviewer compares six models and reports his findings. Read more

Glazing a Custom Sunroom Glazing a Custom Sunroom

Besides providing a positive weather seal, sloped glazing needs to collect and channel condensed moisture to the outside. This flexible system of aluminum extrusions and rubber gaskets does just that. Read more

Lateral-Force Collectors for Seismic and Wind-Resistant Framing Lateral-Force Collectors for Seismic and Wind-Resistant Framing

There's more to wind- and earthquake-resistant framing than properly constructed shear walls. A veteran structural engineer describes the key connections that collect and control potentially catastrophic loads. Read more

Exterior Trim for Period Homes Exterior Trim for Period Homes

A New England builder tells how he takes advantage of shop-made trim and panelized walls to build authentic reproduction homes that can be shipped and erected anywhere. Read more

What is Green? What is Green?

Green may sound simple, but it can be surprisingly difficult to define. An expert in the field explains what green means, and why it matters. Read more


Spray-foam insulation, flashing deck ledgers, safety lessons Read more

In the News In the News

Nail gun accidents, California picks NFPA code, Minnesota stucco warning, mega-home tally, Business Tune-Up Read more


Hiring temporary labor; what not to say to customers Read more

Legal: Where Does Your Subs' Liability End and Your Liability Start?

Where your subs' liability ends and yours begins Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath: Installing a Farmhouse Sink Kitchen & Bath: Installing a Farmhouse Sink

Installing a farmhouse sink; medicine cabinets Read more

Products Products

Flexible moldings, fast-grab adhesive, dimmable CF; panel, flooring, and asphalt roofing products Read more

Toolbox: Cordless Jigsaws Toolbox: Cordless Jigsaws

Cordless jigsaws; work lights, finish carpentry tools, tool organizers Read more

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