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Siding & Trim

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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

     
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    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

     
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    Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

    Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.

     
  • Gluing Exterior Trim

    Q: When installing stained vertical cedar siding or fascia trim, what type of glue should be used for splices and corners? Some contractors like to dab a little stain on the cut ends of 3-degree splices or on 4-degree corner miters, but is there an exteri

     
  • Repainting Aluminum Siding

    Q: Does faded aluminum siding with a chalklike residue on the surface require any special preparation before repainting?

     
 
 
 
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