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Exterior Doors & Windows

  • Problem-Solving Products

    Building materials are always changing and so are the tools used to install them. Here’s a look at what’s new and worthy, from foundation to finishes.

     
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    Working With Vinyl Windows

    In recent years, solid vinyl windows have moved from the replacement window market into new construction of every price range. Here’s a guide to selecting vinyl windows, including installation tips and pitfalls to avoid.

     
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    Framing Layout Rules of Thumb

    A California framer tells how to translate the information on the blueprints into a fast, accurate layout of walls and headers.

     
  • Detail: Wood Trim for Vinyl Siding

    On houses clad with vinyl, a simple rabbeted edge detail preserves the look of traditional wood trim at windows, doors, and corner boards.

     
  • New Tools & Materials for '99

    Every year, we keep our eyes peeled for products that solve common job-site problems in a unique or inventive way. This year's collection has something for every phase of construction.

     
  • Simple Spec Writing

    This remodeler uses word-processing software to create clear, concise job specs that improve sales, eliminate client misunderstandings, and help the production crew build the job right.

     
  • Aluminum Trim for Vinyl Siding

    Brake-bent aluminum coil stock makes for crisp, durable trim details at windows, doors, and fascia. A Pennsylvania vinyl siding contractor reveals the tricks of the metalworking trade.

     
  • By Design: Backfitting Good Design

    Making the existing house match the addition

     
  • By Design: A Cookbook of Exterior Details

    Simple exterior details that increase curb appeal

     
  • Products

    Wet-weather gloves, decorative cement floors, flat-roof sky-lights, easy stucco patching, low-cost tile panel

     
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    Installing Water-Managed Synthetic Stucco

    Water leaking through poorly installed flashing and wall penetrations has proved the downfall of many EIFS jobs. A North Carolina plasterer explains how he replaces failed EIFS cladding with a two-coat stucco system specifically designed to prevent moisture damage.

     
  • Selecting Replacement Windows

    With prehung replacement units or sash-only kits, it’s possible to upgrade a window in less than an hour with-out removing the trim. We take a look at what’s available from national manufacturers.

     
  • Jambs & Thresholds For Fat Walls

    Extra-thick walls present a problem when it comes to installing prehung entry-door units. Here are some tested solutions, both stock and custom, that can help.

     
  • Building With Style: The Dialogue Between Roof and Wall

    Detailing the roof

     
  • Step by Step With Foam Forms

    Foam concrete forms are gaining popularity, both below and above grade. Three builders describe how to assemble three different systems: stackable blocks, large-core molds, and sheet forms.

     
  • Q&A: Exterior Door Swings

    Q: Why it is that most exterior doors swing in rather than out? I can think of several reasons why they should swing out: (1) It is more difficult for the wind to get around a door that swings out since it is pressing the door against a seal rather than away from it. (2) An out-swinging door can...

     
  • Layout Tricks for Rough Openings

    As any finish sub knows, careful framing smooths the installation of drywall and trim. Follow these guidelines for fast, accurate framing of doors, windows, stairs, and fireplaces.

     
  • Innovative Building Products

    Manufacturers of plastics and composites are finding ways to replace traditional materials with products that are lighter, stronger, more durable, and less expensive. Here’s a look at what’s new at the lumberyard.

     
  • Remodeler's Estimating Checklist

    What you overlook in an estimate will probably come back to haunt you. This comprehensive checklist can help keep you out of trouble.

     
  • Case Study: Estimating by the Stick

    This inside look at three competing bids shows some of the strategies small builders use to quickly arrive at accurate estimates.

     
 
 
 
 
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