In the article "Weather-Tight Exteriors" in your Fall 2004
issue, Clayton DeKorne mentions a study being done by the
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. on the drying potential of
various wall systems, including one using Home Slicker. He said
the study was to be done by the end of 2005. How can I find the
results of this study (or any other similar studies)?
Ron Lynch, Nantucket, Mass.
Editor's note: According to Barry Craig, the senior
researcher at the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corp. (CMHC),
this project took a bit longer than expected but will be
available in June 2006. The results will be published as a
research report with summary research highlights; both
available through the CMHC Library
Why would you feature a cover photo entitled "Durable
Exteriors: Preparing for the Weather's Onslaught" (Fall 2005)
in which laborers are installing the sidewall felt over the
window side and apron splines?
After countless articles in JLC and in Coastal
Contractor correctly elaborating the importance of the
fact that water runs downhill and should be directed out of the
wall plane at every opportunity, it is a shame you would
overlook such a glaring mistake. Otherwise, your publications
usually get it right.
Lee Dunn, Nantucket, Mass.
I enjoy your magazine and the various ideas and products
presented that are unique to us working on the coast. Being a
remodeler here at the Jersey Shore for 28 years, I'm hoping the
cover picture (Fall 2005) is one of those "can you find the
number of mistakes?" and that there is a prize involved.
Allan Tehune Sr., Beachwood, N.J.
Having been a subscriber to JLC since it was The New
England Builder, I have credited the publication with
helping me learn better techniques in construction. I see now
that Coastal Contractor is continuing this
The Fall 2005 issue with the article "Case Study: Ten Years
After" reinforced a lot of what has been learned and increased
our knowledge of how different materials hold up.
The latest issue (January/February 2006) will be the textbook
for a crew seminar. We are ordering additional copies for all
our crewmembers and will spend a couple of hours going over the
articles in a company technical education meeting. Your
Products section highlights some very interesting
products as well.
Keep up the great work (so we can do better work).
David P. Thomas, Wrightsville Beach, N.C.