January 2005 Table of Contents

Exposed Aggregate Concrete Exposed Aggregate Concrete

A concrete contractor explains how he creates good-looking walks, drives, and patios by combining aggregate finish concrete with inlayed brick and stone. Read more

Getting Pipe Staging Right Getting Pipe Staging Right

A contractor who depends on frame scaffolding for daily production shares his rules for safe setup and use. Read more

Oil Paints: Going, Going, Gone? Oil Paints: Going, Going, Gone?

Environmental restrictions in the most populous areas of the country are making oils scarce, but painters have adapted as waterborne alternatives improve. If you're not in one of the affected states, here's a look at what's to come. Read more

Timber-Frame Roofs for Great Rooms Timber-Frame Roofs for Great Rooms

Classic mortise-and-tenon timber trusses add timeless appeal to open rooms without the expense of a whole-house frame. A timber framer tells how he coordinates the work with the builder. Read more


Lead hazards hit home; effective AC for humid climates; swimming with shocks; cupped LVL; more Read more

In the News In the News

Southern California struggles to address wildfire risks; Florida grapples with soggy walls; a challenge to Michigan environmental law; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A Drywall Orientation in Tall Rooms

Q. I am about to install drywall in a workshop with 9-foot ceilings, and I don't see why I should install it the traditional way, horizontally. Why not buy 10-foot sheets, cut off one foot, and hang the board vertically? This would put all the butt seams Read more

Q&A Does Lumber Grow Stronger With Age?

Q. I've heard that in older buildings (at least 70 years old) the effective strength of wood members like joists and rafters increases with age. If that's true, how does one evaluate the increase? Or is the increase negligible? Read more

Placing Concrete in Hot Weather Placing Concrete in Hot Weather

Why it's critical not to let the concrete dry out as it is curing. Read more

Fireplace Surrounds Design Fireplace Surrounds

Successful fireplace surrounds Read more

WIP Your Company Into Shape Business WIP Your Company Into Shape

How often has this happened to you: After what looks like a really good month, you go out and buy an expensive piece of equipment, like a truck. Then the following month is a really bad one, and you wish you hadn't. Read more

When Employees Leave for Military Service Legal When Employees Leave for Military Service

At the end of their military service, people who are honorably discharged are entitled to return to work, even when an absence spans up to five years. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Solid surfacing; bathroom ventilation Read more


Easy access panel; glass-tube fireplace; engineered lumber; housewraps; electrical equipment Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Lasers and levels; saw blades; Porter-Cable high-pressure nailer; inventional wisdom Read more

Building in a Bubble Backfill Building in a Bubble

No, we're not talking about the coronavirus. Here's one builder's strategy for managing the least controllable of all contingencies: the weather. Read more

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