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    The Delta Footing Barrier is a three-ply impermeable membrane that goes on top of freshly poured footings before the foundation is built.

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    I do quite a bit of siding rehab work, much of it on relatively new houses.

  • No-Leak Masking Tape

    3M’s latest masking tape, ScotchBlue Advanced, has a moisture-activated additive that reacts with the water in latex paint to better seal along the tape edge.

  • Spiral Stair Rail from a Tube

    Spiral stair rail

  • Products

    Garage doors; heat-reflecting shingles; hurricane-resistant glass walls; clay plaster; decking with drainage; roof wrap; pergolas; more

  • Installing a Wood Parquet Floor

    Assessing the moisture content and surface condition of the slab was the critical first step.

  • Retrofitting Exterior Insulation

    Adding rigid foam to the outside of the shell dramatically increases R-value while reducing thermal conduction.

  • Nail Stains and Mahogany Decking

    Q: The mahogany decking we installed on a house last year has developed some dark staining around the stainless steel nail heads (see photo). The staining is worse on the front porch, which is covered, and not nearly as bad on the back deck, which receives full sun. Whats causing it?

  • On the Job

    Painting trim with latex; protecting blueprints from the elements

  • Sealing a Garage Floor

    Q: A customer asked me about sealing a brand-new garage slab to keep oil drips from penetrating the concrete, in case she decides to have the slab finish-painted in the future. Is this necessary? What product should we use?