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Warm air esaping through a ridge vent pulls outside air in through the soffits. Use baffles where rafters meet attic floor joists to precent the insulation from blocking air movement.

When properly detailed, roof ventilation keeps roofing materials cooler and prevents ice dams

Remodeling Marketing

If you’re not thinking about technology for your business now, you may soon be playing catch-up with customers

What's wrong with this kitchen lighting scheme? Can lights located in aisles cast shadow on tasks when the cook stands at the counter. Under-cabinet lights mounted against the wall cause glare. There are too few fixtures to light an island of this size. Read on for solutions that will bring better lighting to your kitchen designs.

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Evidence-based design brings kitchen lighting out of the shadows

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Management

Success habits like being on time don't require skill or practice, they just need the right mindset

Remodeling Marketing

The best way to turn web visitors into leads is to not try too hard

Customer Satisfaction

Simple guidelines to help create, and then exceed, expectations—whether for your clients, employees, family, or friends

Business

When business succession plans don't pan out as expected

airtight soffit how-to

All images: Dan Morrison

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Compartmentalizing the air barrier builds redundancy into the envelope, adding quality and improved performance to your projects

Photo: Matt Wittmeyer Photography

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Five steps to problem-free installation

The ice dams that form on a roof can cause expensive damage, but a properly ventilated attic reduces the problem. Photo: Flickr user State Farm (CC by 2.0)

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Creating an equal distribution of intake and exhaust vents can make a big difference in controlling temperature and moisture inside the attic

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Homeowners are often in the dark about what permits are required for the work they want done and who's responsible for obtaining them. Short answer: you are

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Homeowners sometimes get blindsided when it turns out the GC they hired hasn't paid his subs or materials suppliers. The lien waiver in your contract protects homeowners against this.

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You close your company and retire. Years later a former client wants to file a warranty claim. Are you still liable?

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All photos: courtesy Tim Gillerlain

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The 2016 Model ReModel home in Batavia, Ill., features design excellence, innovative materials, and construction best practices

Management

Timing is everything—especially with a "time is of the essence" provision

contractor licensing reform

Image is a derivative of "Pegboard Project (#2691)" by Flickr user Regan76 (CC by 2.0

Codes and Standards

Underfunded and underenforced, a fragmented contractor licensing system allows unlicensed and unregistered contractors to operate with impunity. Here are five steps to start fixing that situation  

Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak.

Kickout flashing replaces the first piece on step flashing and redirects water away from the siding (ideally into a gutter). Without a kickout, water will eventually get behind the siding and into the wall, where it will wreak havoc for years before you notice any signs of a leak. All illustrations: Dan Morrison

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Poorly installed or missing flashing at roof-wall connections is a common cause of water damage. Here's the solution

Use Z-flashing above the insulation to keep water out.

All illustrations: Dan Morrison

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A how-to guide for slab-on-grade foundations in either hot or cold climates

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Photo: courtesy Dan Morrison

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Tips for insulating slab-on-grade foundations

Kitchen by Mellunasaw Modern Home Interior Design Ideas

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Remodeling pros name key missteps guaranteed to cause headaches

How to insulate an older home

All illustrations: Dan Morrison

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An insulation approach that seeks to find the balance between the real and the ideal

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