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Siding & Trim

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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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    PacTool International Siding Gauges

    Hang fiber-cement siding by yourself and guarantee the right exposure with a pair of Siding Gauges from PacTool.

     
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    Malco Products Sider

    If a speed square is a framer's go-to layout tool, Malco's Sider is the equivalent for vinyl-siding installers.

     
  • Glued Wall Sheathing

    Q: Is it okay to glue OSB or plywood sheathing to the wall framing before fastening the sheathing with nails? It seems that this would be a simple and cost-effective way to add strength to a wall assembly while reducing air infiltration.

     
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    Letters

    Insulating knee walls; step flashings not the culprit; homeowner safety should come first

     
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    More Shingle Art

    Quacks in the siding aren't always a problem.

     
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    On the Job

    Rough framing and routers; curved wood gutter

     
  • Letters

    Job-site danger; spray foam in cathedral ceilings; using stainless with ACQ; more

     
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    On the Job

    A weathertight basement door; matching asbestos siding