December 2007 Table of Contents

Building an Arched Passageway Building an Arched Passageway

This straightforward approach combines basic shop methods with simple site joinery to create an elegant frame-and-panel archway. Read more

Fine-Tuning the Frame for Finish Fine-Tuning the Frame for Finish

Inspecting the frame before drywall ensures the trim will look its best, and can save a bundle in repairs. Read more

Taming Butt Joints Taming Butt Joints

Have to finish your own drywall? You may want to take a look at this tool. Read more

Letters Letters

Questions about AFCI rules; Mac estimators; roof-ventilation correction; fastening underlayment Read more

In the News

Controversial shelter-in-place developments withstand Southern California's wildfires; Florida legislation burdens roofers; Long Island building probe yields arrests; more Read more

Q & A
Hidden Hinge Options Q&A Hidden Hinge Options

Different cabinet doors styles require different hidden hinge solutions. Gary Katz has a few recommendations. Read more

Q&A Modified vs. Unmodified Mortar With Kerdi Membranes

Q: When installing stone tiles over Schluter's Kerdi waterproofing membrane, is it okay to use modified thinset mortar? I know that Schluter recommends unmodified thinset mortar, but my supplier suggests that the large and heavy tiles will be easier to install with a polymer-modified no-sag mortar. Read more

Q&A Connecting Gutter Downspouts to Footing Drains

Q: Can gutter downspouts be connected to 4-inch pipes that lead to footing drains? The footing drains eventually terminate at daylight, away from the house. Read more

Profiting From Allowances Business Profiting From Allowances

I don't much like allowances, which let homeowners postpone decisions that really should be made before the project even breaks ground. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Tubs; kitchen ventilation Read more


Exterior trim; housewrap Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Makita compact cordless drill and impact driver; Kevlar work jeans; plumbing and heating; tile Read more

The View From Above Backfill The View From Above

In its few years of existence, the virtual globe program Google Earth — which allows anyone with Internet access and a personal computer to zoom in on recent satellite images of almost any point on the earth's surface — has attracted millions of enthusiastic users. Read more

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