May 2005 Table of Contents

Tool Test: Compact Rotary Hammers Tool Test: Compact Rotary Hammers

The best tools hit hard, drill fast, and stop immediately if the bit jams. Read more

Installing Curved Exterior Trim Installing Curved Exterior Trim

Accurate framing and full-size millwork templates guaranteed a precise fit. Read more

Raising the Ceilings in a Whole-House Remodel Raising the Ceilings in a Whole-House Remodel

Thanks to a good plan, a sizable crew, and a bunch of 20-ton screw jacks, the walls of this house grew taller. Read more

Replacing a Leaking Chimney Cap Replacing a Leaking Chimney Cap

Detailed to shed water and built with concrete rather than mortar, a chimney cap should outlast the chimney beneath it. Read more

Wiring The High-Tech House Wiring The High-Tech House

Structured wiring is the backbone that makes home automation work. Read more


Hot-mop variations; strong connections; snap goes the post; more Read more

News News

Code change would allow unvented attics; builder costs rise as boom continues; new glue aims to replace mortar; the rush to mandate fire sprinklers; more Read more

Q & A
Tiling a Breezeway Tiling a Breezeway

Even when a structure is enclosed, there are good reasons for choosing a tile suitable for outdoor use and installing a membrane for moisture. Read more

Painting Cedar Shutters Painting Cedar Shutters

Pro tips for applying a long-lasting finish on exterior cedar shutters. Read more

Refinishing Faded Wood Floors Refinishing Faded Wood Floors

Of the three ways to slow down the fading and degradation from sunlight, managing sun exposure works best. Read more

Designing With Interior Trim Design Designing With Interior Trim

As usual, there are no hard and fast rules, just a framework of context to guide your trim design decisions. Read more

Business Job-Costing for Survival

Accurate estimating is the foundation of your business. Until you have control over your estimates, anything else you want to do with your company is mostly a pipe dream. Read more

Protecting Your Retirement Legal Protecting Your Retirement

You've spent years trying to make money. Be sure you've protected your assets when it's time to sell or close down the business. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Jetted tubs; range hoods Read more


Asphalt shingles; heating and cooling equipment; home automation Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Mini skid-steer loaders; home-inspection tools; work wear Read more

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