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Fiber Cement Roofing

  • November 2014 Letters

    Emailing proposals; strapping ceilings; caulking fiber-cement joints

     
  • NativeStone Sinks Offer Beauty with Heft

    Formed from modified concrete, Native Trail’s new line of kitchen and bath sinks blends style, sturdiness, and sustainability.

     
  • Proposed Silica Dust Standards Inspire New Products

    James Hardie partners with a tool manufacturer, Bosch introduces new vacuums, and Nichiha offers comments on the proposed standards.

     
  • Tightening a House When Replacing the Siding (Subscriber content)

    I don't think my client was planning on an energy retrofit when he first talked to me about repairing and repainting the shingle siding on his 120-year-old Massachusetts home.

     
  • Open-Joint Siding (Subscriber content)

    In the Seattle area, where I work, we get a lot of rain. From the mid-90s to the mid-2000s, there were many high-profile cases of water damage caused by improperly detailed siding, mostly on condos and other multifamily housing.

     
  • Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. An alternative to paper-faced gypsum, DensArmor Plus features glass mat facings on both sides as well as a glass-fiber-reinforced core to resist moisture and mold and mildew growth. The product can replace traditional drywall throughout the home or be used in areas prone to moisture, such as kitchens, laundry rooms, and basements. DensArmor Plus is Greenguard certified. 800.225.6119. www.gpgypsum.com.

    Glass-Fiber-Reinforced Wallboard From Georgia-Pacific Gypsum

    Georgia-Pacific Gypsum. An alternative to paper-faced gypsum, DensArmor Plus features glass mat facings on both sides as well as a glass-fiber-reinforced core to resist moisture and mold and mildew growth. The product can replace traditional drywall throughout the home or be used in areas prone to...

     
  • A Fiber-Cement Sunburst

    Full-scale layout simplifies the process of cutting the tapered clapboards.

     
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    Malco FCC4 Guillotine Shear

    Cut fiber-cement siding without a cloud of hazardous dust with the FCC4 Guillotine Shear by Malco.

     
  • Letters

    Remodeling opportunities abound; weatherization wages too low; in defense of vinyl siding; more

     
  • Back-Priming Fiber-Cement Siding

    Q: We ordered preprimed HardiePlank lap siding to finish a project, but when it was delivered, we discovered that the backs were left unprimed. Normally, we back-prime wood clapboards, but I'm not sure this step is needed with fiber-cement siding, and the manufacturer's Web site is mute on the...

     
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    Manufactured Deck Railings

    These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.

     
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    Products

    Clips for flat tiles; mounting blocks; aluminum-and-glass railing; crawlspace ventilation; fibercement siding panels; more

     
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    Ridgid R3400 Fiber-Cement Saw

    Last fall I reviewed several saws that collect the dust generated when fiber cement is cut.

     
  • How to Build a Climbing Wall

    Q: I'm planning an addition for a client who wants to turn a 22-foot-high wall into a climbing wall. He would like this wall to closely resemble stone, but he doesn't want it to cost as much as natural stone. I've poured a lot of flat concrete, but I have never built something like this - so I...

     
  • Concrete Without Steel?

    Q: Does the addition of fibers eliminate the need for steel in a concrete-slab basement floor?

     
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    Cutting The Dust From Fiber Cement

    Specialized tools make for cleaner air and a healthier crew.

     
  • JLC Extra: Cutting Fiber Cement - Sources of Supply and Information

    This list contains links to various related sources: manufacturers mentioned in the story; makers of circular blades; other articles about safe cutting practices; and MSDS sheets for fiber cement.

     
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    On the Job

    Future-proof footings; fiber cement at a clip; squeak reducer

     
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    Decorative Shingling With Fiber Cement

    Pattern shingles can be efficiently produced on site from fiber-cement lap siding.

     
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    Letters

    OSB on the roof; drywall butt joints; siding solo

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking