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Air & Moisture Barriers

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    Working With Self-Leveling Floor Underlayments

    Flatten uneven subfloors quickly with these pour-inplace compounds.

     
  • CertainTeed. ProRoc drywall with M2Tech technology features a water-resistant core and moisture- and mold-resistant paper face. The product is Greenguard certified and is available in Type X panels. M2Tech is also available in the companys newest product, AirRenew, which absorbs formaldehyde and other aldehydes in the air and converts them into inert compounds that remain safely within the board. 800.233.8990. www.certainteed.com

    Moisture-Resistant Drywall From Certainteed

    CertainTeed. ProRoc drywall with M2Tech technology features a water-resistant core and moisture- and mold-resistant paper face. The product is Greenguard certified and is available in Type X panels. M2Tech is also available in the companys newest product, AirRenew, which absorbs formaldehyde and...

     
  • Siding With Cedar Shingles

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

     
  • Tiling Over Plywood Subfloors

    For crack-free floors, limit joist deflection and install two layers of 3/4-inch plywood and a thinset membrane.

     
  • Low-Profile Perimeter Drain

    The manufacturer of H-Cove claims that this retrofit basement water channel requires significantly less demolition and material replacement than other strategies for reducing basement moisture.

     
  • Lafarge. Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges. The product, which is made from synthetic gypsum, can be used as tile backer in dry applications or in areas where some moisture is expected, like bathrooms and laundry rooms. The wallboard is Greenguard certified. The company also offers a ready mix compound that does not generate dust. 800.237.5505. www.lafargenorthamerica.com.

    Moisture-Resistant Gypsum From Lafarge

    Lafarge. Mold Defense gypsum for interior wall and ceiling applications features a moisture-resistant core and treated paper facings on the front, back, and long edges. The product, which is made from synthetic gypsum, can be used as tile backer in dry applications or in areas where some...

     
  • Roof Venting in a Wet Climate

    Q: I'm planning to reroof an expanded Cape Cod on a barrier island off the East Coast, where strong winds and moisture from the ocean are common.

     
  • On Site With Zip System Sheathing

    Get faster dry-in and a tighter building envelope without housewrap.

     
  • High-Performance Homes on a Budget

    Well-thought-out details make energy-efficient houses both attractive and affordable.

     
  • Seal Seams In Crawlspace Liners

    The crawlspace of a home was consistently wet — in spite of the 6-mil poly liner. Here's how a builder fixed it to assure long-term durability of the foundation and floor frame.

     
  • Is Rain-Screen Siding Worth the Effort?

    It's good insurance against problems caused by wind-driven rain, but experts wonder whether the additional cost is necessary.

     
  • Waterproofing Membrane for Deck and Fence Posts

    Self-adhesive wrap applied to below-grade section is designed to preventag rot.

     
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    Structural Sheathing With Moisture Barrier From Drywood Products

    Drywood Products. Providing a structural sheathing with a laminated ice and water barrier, Drywood roof and wall panels eliminate the need for felt paper, ice and water shield, and an air infiltration barrier, says the firm. A seam tape provides moisture resistance at abutting edges, valleys...

     
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    Troubleshooting Spray-Foam Insulation

    A lot can go wrong with a two-part plastic insulation that is essentially manufactured on the job site as it’s being applied. Here’s what to look out for.

     
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    How Should I Finish an Existing Basement Wall?

    I am about to start a basement remodel project in a cold climate. I plan to apply a waterproofing product to the inside of the basement wall, then stick a sheet of polyethylene directly to the basement wall over the waterproof coating. Once that is in place, I'll frame a 2x4 wood-frame wall on the...

     
  • What's New in Insulation?

    Improved materials and hybrid systems make it easier to build energy-efficient houses.

     
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    Dry Wall

    Cosella-Dörken’s three-ply Delta Footing Barrier keeps groundwater out of walls by providing a waterproof break between a building’s footing and its foundation

     
  • Wrong-Side Housewrap

    While preparing for an extensive remodeling project, we discovered that the housewrap was installed underneath the exterior 7/16-inch plywood rather than on top. According to the scope of work, we are supposed to install 1/2-inch foam board with taped seams over the entire exterior. Will the...

     
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    Tramex MRH III Moisture Meter

    Tramex's MRH III noninvasive moisture meter measures the moisture content of most building materials, including wood, concrete, masonry, plaster, and drywall.

     
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    JLC Report

    Can replacement windows live up to energy claims?; keeping basements dry; Florida prepares for global warming; more

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking