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Fiber Cement Roofing

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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.

     
  • Notebook

    High school vo-tech programs in decline; fiber-cement roofing woes; photovoltaic glazing; faulty hvac system proves deadly; more

     
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    Cutting Fiber-Cement

    A Texas builder field-tests the best of the new fiber-cement shears and saws, and reports on his favorites.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking