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    Three Ways to Vent a Soffit

    Cor-A-Vent corrugated polypropylene vents offer a low-profile soffit alternative to metal strip vents and perforated fiber-cement panels

     
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    Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System

    These shingles are squared and fastened to each other in 45-inch-long panels.

     
  • Sidewall Shingles Over Foam Sheathing (Subscriber content)

    Q: How do I fasten cedar shingles to sidewalls covered with rigid foam?

     
  • Siding With Cedar Shingles

    Install a tight weather barrier, choose top-quality shingles, and use smart production techniques.

     
  • Weathertight Windows

    How a wet-climate builder details the layers to keep out the rain.

     
  • Strong-Drive SDW Screws - For Fastening Multiple Trusses

    Made specifically for fastening multiple trusses and engineered-wood assemblies, Strong-Drive SDW screws can be used to join up to four plies of 2-by or 1 3/4-inch-thick materials from one side of the assembly.

     
  • Transcend Boards - No Plastic Bottom Allows Moisture To Escape

    Co-extruded decking is made with a plastic shell, but Trex leaves the plastic off the bottom of Transcend boards so that moisture can escape and the surface can accept adhesives.

     
  • Toxin-Free Modified Wood Resists Insects and Microorganisms

    Titan Wood Limited’s Accoya pine lumber has been treated with a concentrated form of vinegar in a process called acetylation, which makes it inedible to insects and rot-causing microorganisms without adding toxins.

     
  • Cold-Bend Hardwood Boards - No Steaming Required

    You can bend Cold-Bend hardwood boards without steaming, says the maker, because they were already steamed during manufacturing, then compressed in length, a process that “accordions” the long grain fibers and makes them flexible.

     
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    Roofing With Cedar Shingles

    For a long-lasting roof, stick with the best shingle grades and use a ventilating underlayment.

     
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    Another Look at Vinyl Siding

    Manufacturers have successfully tackled some of the issues plaguing this low-cost cladding.

     
  • Squirrels and Cedar Siding

    We installed untreated cedar shingles on the exterior walls of a vacation home in central Maryland. Now the owners are complaining that squirrels are eating the new siding. And the squirrels really are eating it - they're not just trying to get inside the house. Is there anything we can apply to...

     
  • 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

     
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    Siding; adhesives

     
  • Woodpeckers and Cedar Siding

    Q: We recently completed a house that features vertical T&G cedar siding, but now my clients are complaining about woodpeckers making holes in the siding. Are there any simple techniques for dealing with this problem?

     
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    Design: Patterns in Wood

    Patterns in Wood

     
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    Vibrant vinyl, inswing french doors, fire-stopping foam; exterior trim; water heaters; surface protection

     
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    Doing Vinyl Right

    When it comes to giving vinyl an authentic period look, the right details make all the difference.

     
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    Running a Production Trim Business

    An interior trim carpenter whose company specializes in servicing large national builders tells how to produce a high-quality interior finish quickly and efficiently.

     
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    Design: Wood Siding Corner Details

    Wood siding corner details

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking