March 2007 Table of Contents

Features
Building a Coffered Ceiling Building a Coffered Ceiling

Gary Striegler explains how prefabricating the paneled sections on the floor speeded the installation of this elegant ceiling. Read more

Designing Accessible Kitchens Designing Accessible Kitchens

Start with ADA guidelines, but base your kitchen designs on the actual needs and capabilities of your client. Read more

Installing a ScapeWel Installing a ScapeWel

This oversized window well adds emergency egress, light, and ventilation to basement living spaces. Read more

Insulating Unvented Attics With Spray Foam Insulating Unvented Attics With Spray Foam

Closed-cell polyurethane foam provides the insulation, air barrier, and vapor retarder necessary for an unvented attic assembly. Read more

Using an Airless Paint Sprayer Using an Airless Paint Sprayer

Look for equipment that will move the heaviest coating you're likely to use. Read more

Letters
Letters Letters

Fiber-cement clip; more on employee theft of clients; attic-ventilation misconceptions; more Read more

News
In the News In the News

Unions sue feds over safety gear; Lennar demands givebacks; energy efficiency earns tax credit; more Read more

Q & A
Do Brick-Veneer Weeps Need Screens? Q&A Do Brick-Veneer Weeps Need Screens?

If the wall behind the veneer is detailed properly, critters shouldn't be able to get into the house. Read more

How to Repair a Stained Plaster Ceiling How to Repair a Stained Plaster Ceiling

The fix can be easy or hard depending on the type of coating on the ceiling and on its texture. Read more

Q&A Tile Over Tile

Q: My clients want to update their bathroom by installing new tile over an existing tiled tub surround. The old tile is in good shape, but it stops about 18 inches from the ceiling; my clients want their new tile to completely cover the walls and ceiling. Read more

Prepping a Basement Slab For Finish Flooring Prepping a Basement Slab For Finish Flooring

Here are three approaches for preventing condensation under the flooring...but make sure to control surface water around the foundation first. Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Strong Gable Overhang On the Job: Strong Gable Overhang

Strong gable overhang; on site with Durisol Read more

Business
Business Business

No more free estimates; credit cards vs. debit cards Read more

Legal
Legal Who Pays If Something's Wrong With The Plans and Specs?

You're looking at an invitation to bid, complete with plans and specs. It would be a big job for you — very profitable. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Going green; ovens Read more

Products
Products

Roofing; hearth Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Toolbox

Bostitch Strapshot; JacPac; site work; concrete & masonry Read more

Backfill
On Assignment in Iraq Backfill On Assignment in Iraq

Contractor Rob O'Brien is an active-duty Marine. In August 2005, when he learned he was to be deployed to Iraq, he fully expected to participate in some of the riskier support operations his unit would be performing from its base in Al Anbar Province. Read more

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