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  • Q&A: Granite Tile Countertops

    Q: We are planning to use 1-foot-square granite tiles in a kitchen counter application because it is more affordable than granite slabs. Can I install the granite right over plywood, or do you recommend Durock as an underlayment? What type of grout would work best? How wide a space should we leave...

  • Waterproof Fiberglass Decks

    Roofing membranes are not the only way to protect living space located beneath exterior decks. Adapting a technique from the boat-building industry, this builder uses two-part fiberglass resin to provide a durable, watertight deck surface. Here’s a step-by-step description.

  • Housewrap vs. Felt

    We’ve fielded a lot of questions from builders who use housewrap air barriers, but wonder how these new mate-ials compare with felt paper when it comes to keeping water out of the walls. An expert in wood technology draws on his own research to explain how the properties of housewraps and felt...

  • Common Construction Defects

    Defect litigation has become a billion-dollar industry in Southern California, driving many contractors out of business. A defect specialist describes the most frequent errors he encounters — from structure to finishes — and tells how to prevent them.

  • Products

    Tool belt system, tailgate step, cold weather paint, stronger felt underlayment, retrofit downlight kits

  • Stucco Flashing Details

    Like most claddings, stucco is not watertight unless it’s properly flashed. A stucco contractor explains how to detail openings, penetrations, and terminations to keep the water out.

  • Building Distinctive Decks

    A deck specialist explains the details that make his work stand apart from the competition.

  • Hardwood Flooring over Radiant Heat

    Hardwood floors can perform well over radiant heat, but it takes careful hvac design, good job-site moisture control, and careful coordination between the heating sub and the flooring contractor. Here’s what you need to know.

  • 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.

  • Letters

    Durability of galvanized fasteners, rain screen flashing, roof layout with a calculator, retrofitting plywood clips