February 2005 Table of Contents

Built-Up Hot-Mop Roofing Built-Up Hot-Mop Roofing

A roofing contractor with 30-plus years in the business tells why traditional built-up roofing continues to be popular and describes how to lay down a long-lasting roof. Read more

Choosing Laminate Flooring Choosing Laminate Flooring

Laminate flooring looks better than ever and is easy to install, but you have to select the right product for a durable installation. Read more

Ground-Source Heating & Cooling Gets Better Ground-Source Heating & Cooling Gets Better

Direct-exchange heat-pump technology is pushing energy efficiency through the roof, and because it requires far fewer feet of ground loop, systems can be retrofitted even on small lots. Read more

Strong Rail-Post Connections for Wooden Decks Strong Rail-Post Connections for Wooden Decks

After testing deck ledger attachments, researchers at Virginia Tech crank up the loads on guardrail posts to see what it takes to make a code-worthy connection. Read more

Interview Getting Into Insurance Work Interview Getting Into Insurance Work

Insurance work may look like a gravy train of good-paying remodeling jobs, but there's a lot more to it. An adjuster-turned-restoration specialist explains the ropes. Read more

Letters Letters

Hispanic labor; strong hips; attic mold; water-heater efficiency; tandem compressors; more Read more

In The News In The News

Storm-protection products take off; Arizona cracks down; Washington state's safety-inspection spat; private firms to conduct inspections in Houston; more Read more

Business Developing Unit-Cost Assemblies for Estimating

Someone posted a question on JLC’s estimating forum recently about using standard assemblies to reduce the amount of time it takes to estimate. He wanted to know how to develop the assemblies and how detailed they ought to be. Read more

Why Operate Legally? Legal Why Operate Legally?

It's hard to be competitive when you do everything you're supposed to, yet know the system is rigged against you if you don't. Read more

Let BuildWorks Basic and Quicken Show You the Money Computer Let BuildWorks Basic and Quicken Show You the Money

Compared with Timberline or Great Plains, Intuit's QuickBooks Pro is a simple entry-level accounting system. But "simple" is a relative term. For a small contractor who just needs a way to replace the checkbook in his back pocket, even QuickBooks can be overwhelming. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Outdoor kitchen equipment; tile backers and substrates Read more


Tight-budget transom; garage-door facelift; caulks & sealants; landscaping products; standby generators Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Framing tools; job-site communication; DeWalt demolition hammer Read more

Backfill Backfill

Scrap vs. itch Read more

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