August 2006 Table of Contents

Features
Building With Structural Insulated Panels Building With Structural Insulated Panels

SIPs produce a tight, well-insulated shell that takes less labor to construct than an equivalent stick-framed building. Read more

Hardware Show Roundup

Cool tools and products from this year's event. Read more

Tool Test: Pneumatic Cap Nailers Tool Test: Pneumatic Cap Nailers

Look for an easy-to-load magazine and a trouble-free feed system. Read more

Safety Lessons Learned Safety Lessons Learned

Construction sites can be hazardous to your health. Nine JLC readers share their war stories. Read more

Trimming a Houseful of Windows Production Style Trimming a Houseful of Windows Production Style

Making parts and preassembling them in the shop cuts days off the trim schedule. Read more

Letters
Letters

Dampproofing vs. waterproofing; sound control; concealed electrical splices; more Read more

News
After Katrina: One Year Later After Katrina: One Year Later

A year after Katrina: voices and impressions from a region rethinking how to build Read more

Q & A
Tiling a Flangeless Tub Q&A Tiling a Flangeless Tub

Q: What's the best way to detail the joint between a deck-mounted tub that lacks an integral tiling flange and the tiled tub surround so that it won't leak? Read more

Q&A Reinforcing Old Framing

Q: We're remodeling a 1930s vintage San Diego home and have to seismically reinforce its cripple walls with plywood, shear transfer plates, and hold-downs. Because all the framing is very dry and most of the cripples measure only 1 foot to 2 feet in lengt Read more

Q&A Storms and Screens for Metal Casement Windows

Q: My clients love the look of the original diamond-grid metal casement windows in their historic stone house, but they are not happy with the windows' performance in cold winter weather. The outswinging casements have been fitted with fixed interior stor Read more

Q&A Substituting Synthetic Roof Underlayments for Housewrap

Q: After stripping the original siding from a 30-year-old house, I'm being asked to re-side with 4x8 and 4x9 fiber-cement panels designed to look like stucco. The installation instructions permit caulking at the vertical joints, but call for Z-flashing at Read more

On the Job
Steel I-Beam Rafter Pair On the Job Steel I-Beam Rafter Pair

Steel I-beam rafter pair; rock-breaking tip; ice supports Read more

Business
Prevent Errors With a Quality-Control Checklist Business Prevent Errors With a Quality-Control Checklist

At my remodeling company, we rely on many forms and checklists to run our jobs. The one we use most is our quality-control checklist. Read more

Legal
Personal Guaranty of Business Debt Legal Personal Guaranty of Business Debt

Most credit applications contain a personal guaranty. In this one, it's clearly spelled out in item No. 4, but in some cases it's buried in a longer document and written in language that makes it hard for the applicant to understand just what he's agreeing to. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Showers; high-pressure laminates Read more

Products
Products Products

Basement finishing; brick & masonry; hvac grilles & registers Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Toolbox

Hitachi NR90AE round-head framing nailer; roofing tools; truck racks & boxes Read more

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