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Watertight Replacement Windows

Flashing windows is not just for new construction. Here are details on how to help prevent window leaks when working around the major types of siding.

Insulating Outside the Foundation

Best practices for insulating a foundation.

The Case of the Sobbing Siding

On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough

 
 
 

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  • Keep the Views with Cable Rails

    There are a range of cable railing systems available, with each manufacturer offering unique choices in posts, rails, and hardware. The slide show provides a quick introduction to some of the choices.

     
  • The Case of the Sobbing Siding

    On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough

     
  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter (Subscriber content)

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

     

Paints & Finishes

  • Small EIFS Repairs

    A stucco contractor explains how to patch minor nicks and abrasions in EIFS while matching the original finish

     
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    Door Saver

    Cetol Door & Window Finish works better than polyurethanes and varnishes, says the maker

     
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    Premium Paint

    Sherwin-Williams' Emerald Acrylic Latex comes in interior and exterior versions

     
 

Exterior

  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter (Subscriber content)

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings (Subscriber content)

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

     
  • Soldering Seams (Subscriber content)

    Regardless of the iron or tip used, soldering requires some prep work. Make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a sharp point.

     
  • How to Power Sand Crown Molding and Custom Trim Prep

    No sanders that we had looked at could tackle custom profiles effectively because their shapes simply could not conform to the trim stock.

     
  • Mesquite Hardwood Floors

    The most common choice for hardwoods in the houses I build has been white oak, so when I found out the architect had specified Mesquite, I knew I needed to video the process.

     
  • Hand Sanding: Necessary Evil Made Tolerable

    At times, power sanding is impractical and we need high level manual options for small scale sanding.

     
  • The ‘Wicked Yellow Barn’: A renovation for the aged!

    My New Year’s resolution for 2014 — besides writing a blog entry every week — is to finish the studio/gallery in my barn in time for Spring.

     
  • Elevating Houses (Subscriber content)

    From financing to compacting fresh fill, we take an in-depth look at elevating a home.

     
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    Dressing up Porch Posts With PVC (Subscriber content)

    Pre-fabrication on the work bench makes wrapping porch posts with PVC trim fast and easy.

     
  • Better Results With Vinyl (Subscriber content)

    A guide to best practices for product selection, installation, and repair of vinyl siding. How to identify better-quality products, and minimize problems by using sound installation and repair techniques.

     
  • An Efficient Box Truck Build-Out (Subscriber content)

    An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.

     
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    Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

     
  • Measuring Up

    When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

     
  • On Site With Liquid Flash (Subscriber content)

    We try out Huber's Zip System Liquid Flash on a few windows that we were installing, as well as on pipe penetrations, to see how it performs.

     
  • ODL Energy-Star Qualified Tubular Skylight

    With 98% reflective mirror interiors, ODL claims that these skylights deliver 25% more light than the company's standard model.

     
  • Rust-O-Leum BIN

    BIN Advanced primer and sealer uses synthetic rather than natural shellac, for a low odor, and is water-based so cleanup is easier.

     
  • Tips for Optimizing Your Website Navigation (Subscriber content)

    Tips on how to optimize your website navigation to help your audience—as well as the search engines—find your valuable content more easily.

     
  • MasterChem Industries Kilz Pro-X 100 Series Interior Paint

    The 100 series of paints claims to offer better hide, improved sprayability, and easier touchups, at an affordable price.

     
  • Fypon Mesa Beam

    This polyurethane beam sports a woodgrain texture and comes pre-primed. Useful for both interior and exterior applications, the beam's hollow core ensures that it's lightweight, too.

     
  • Bona Mega Satin Review - Pecan Floor

    I've used alot of waterborne floor finishes over the years but my favorites are the ones made by BONA.

     
 
 
 
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