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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

  • Marvin Windows and Doors Automated Exterior Shading System

    Marvin's shading system can be fitted to a range of the company's windows, is invisible when retracted, and fully integrates into the frame. Plus, the motor can be controlled via an iPad or iPod app.

     
  • Georgia Releases New Code For Deck Construction

    Georgia will start enforcing the 2012 International Building Code on January first. But the new rules for deck building will be Georgia’s own version.

     
  • Building Better Eaves

    Roof overhangs can be finished in a number of materials and constructed in a wide variety of different ways. Here's what you need to know to construct eaves that will survive the test of time.

     
  • The Adjuster's Tool Kit (Subscriber content)

    Insurance adjusters are on the road for days or weeks at a time and need to be prepared. Here's what you should have on hand.

     
  • Hands-On Review of Hitachi's NV50AP3 Cap Nailer

    A production manager for a St. Louis remodeler has high praise for this cap nailer after a year of use fastening foam, housewraps, and synthetic underlayments.

     
  • Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door (Subscriber content)

    Though it's impossible to seal every hole in an existing building to prevent air leaks, here's a procedure you can use to identify the worst leaks in order to tighten the home as cost-effectively as possible.

     
  • Siding Guide

    LineBacker Siding Insulation provides a thermal break and its parallel ridges serve as guides for the installation of horizontal siding planks.

     
  • Flexi Post

    The Panorama Post supports topless glass guardrails at various angles. The powder-coated aluminum post comes in surface- and fascia-mount versions in eight standard and 180 custom colors.

     
  • Advanced Building Products Mortairvent Membrane

    Suitable for all exterior siding applications, this rainscreen technology creates a drainage and ventilation cavity between the weather resistant barrier and the exterior wall.

     
  • Rigid Roof Board

    A closed-cell EPS bonded to high-density polyisocyanurate cover board, InsulFoam’s HD Composite has a UL Class-A fire rating.

     
  • Broan Nu-Tone Best WPD39M Series Outdoor Range Hood

    UL listed for use in damp locations, the Best WPD39M Series Range Hood is designed to be installed outdoors in a covered patio or lanai area.

     
  • Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway (Subscriber content)

    Upgrading the trim on a vintage home such as this one gives an old doorway a new life.

     
  • Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation (Subscriber content)

    A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.

     
  • DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App (Subscriber content)

    JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.

     
  • Flexo PET Sleeve

    Using Flexo's braided PET yarn sleeves, which come in various sizes and colors, is handy for preventing hoses from snagging and damaging your work.

     
  • DAP Products No Clog Foam

    The manufacturer claims you can reuse its Draftstop 812 polyurethane foam sealant up to 30 days after opening.

     
  • Q&A: Tips for Grouting Slate Tile

    Use these simple cleaning techniques when working with the textured surface of slate tile to make sure there is no haze left on the surface.

     
  • Gluing Laminate to Drywall - It's Not as Straightforward as It Sounds

    This thread from the JLC Forums starts with a question about what glues--other than contact cement--can be used in a tight spot behind cabinets to adhere a laminate backsplash.

     
  • Roof moss may look benign and even quaint on roof shingles, but left unchecked, it can cause severe damage both inside and outside a home.

    Damage From Roof Moss (Subscriber content)

    That green growth on your roof might be causing expensive damage to many parts of your home.

     
  • Universal Design Becoming Common in Bathroom Design

    Universal design for the bathroom is catching on with contractors and designers.

     
 
 
 
 
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