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Q&A: Flickering Lights

Q. I'm doing some wood siding repairs on a house, and every time I hit the trigger on my chop saw, the lights in the house flicker. The power company says the problem is with the house not their lines. But the lights in the house across the street flicker More

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Whirlpool bacteria controversy, critical habitat under review, European lumber... More

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Getting Water From a Well

Dependable rural water supply starts with sizing the pump and using high-quality fittings. A master plumber explains the details. More

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Backfill: Curd Appeal -- A Cheesy House

A cheesy house More

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Big builder exposés, mold on green fir, unvented fireplace controversy, Ryobi saw recall, more More

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Notebook

Free safety training for small builders, mold and moisture bankrupt big builder, plastic lumber ages well, New York builders liable for fall-related injuries, self-cleaning windows, more More

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Q&A: Rusting Steel Studs

Q: We are currently building a steel-framed house near the ocean in California. Our site is very close to the water, and I am concerned about rust problems developing in the steel framing. We have already noticed small surface rust spots on some of the st More

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By Design: Converting a Ranch to a Story-and-a-Half

Adding a second story to a ranch More

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Backfill: Job-Site Holdup

A true gut remodel More

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Fast Framing with Panels

In a tight labor market, panelized construction offers high quality and speed with... More

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