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Fiber Cement Roofing

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    How to Build a Concrete Canoe

    If you don't know much about boatbuilding, start by welding rebar together to frame the gunwales and keel. Then form the hull with layers of chicken wire, and trowel a stiff 1/2-inch-thick mortar mix onto the mesh.

     
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    Framing a Curved Porch

    Laminated beams and PVC trim round off the corner on a new porch for a historic building

     
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    On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding

     
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    Letters

    Fiber-cement clip; more on employee theft of clients; attic-ventilation misconceptions; more

     
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    Letters

    Attic temperatures and asphalt shingles; cynicism vs. basic economics; when employees compete

     
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    Do Fiber-Cement Butt Joints Have to Be Caulked?

    Q: The clients on an upcoming project are interested in installing fiber-cement siding, but they're concerned about how the butt joints will look. While they don't expect the tight-fitting seams characteristic of wooden clapboards, they also don't like the look of wide caulked joints. Is there a...

     
  • Substituting Synthetic Roof Underlayments for Housewrap

    Q: After stripping the original siding from a 30-year-old house, I'm being asked to re-side with 4x8 and 4x9 fiber-cement panels designed to look like stucco. The installation instructions permit caulking at the vertical joints, but call for Z-flashing at

     
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    Products

    Fiber-cement siding clips; dune-friendly decking; drywall & accessories; ridge vents; masonry

     
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    Bamboo Floor Not as Hard as Claimed?

    Lightweight pneumatic hose; paint for fiber cement; wet-dry central vac; landscaping products; metal stairs; fire prevention products

     
  • Painting Fiber-Cement Siding

    Q. Fiber-cement siding comes primed. Can I go straight to a top coat? What's the best paint to use?

     
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    Crawlspace insulation & fire codes, nail gun injuries, fiber-cement siding

     
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    Installing Fiber-Cement Siding

    Fiber-cement siding is no fun to cut and handle, but its price and durability make it a good deal for spec houses. An experienced installer tells you how to work with it efficiently.

     
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    Products

    Heat pumps, siding and accessories, lighting, interior millwork products, more

     
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    Cutting Fiber-Cement Siding

    Cutting fiber-cement siding can be a dusty job, but a number of manufacturers offer tools designed to keep the air clear.

     
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    Stabilizing Basement Walls with Steel I-Beams

    A foundation repair contractor shows how steel I-beams, placed vertically against the basement wall, can prevent soil pressure from pushing in a cracked wall.

     
  • Engineered Trim & Siding

    Engineered wood, fiber cement, and plastic can provide the look of natural wood siding and trim without the limitations of the real thing.

     
  • Reader Survey: Siding Choices

    What do you think of today’s siding materials? What would you put on your own house? We asked 1,000 readers for their views; here’s what they told us.

     
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    Trade Talk: Can You Substitute Synthetic Fibers for Wire Mesh?

    Although contractors often substitute synthetic fibers for wire mesh in concrete slabs, the two products perform different functions

     
  • Q&A: Fiber-Cement with Aluminum Trim

    Q: Is it okay to butt fiber-cement siding against aluminum-clad windows and aluminum soffit, or will the fiber-cement cause a reaction that damages the aluminum?

     
  • Deck Railing Options

    Plastic, wood-composite, and metal railing systems simplify installation and reduce maintenance while giving your clients the look they want.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking