February 2006 Table of Contents

Features
Choosing Kneepads Choosing Kneepads

For greater comfort, look for pads that fit the work you do and try before you buy. Read more

Installing On-Demand Water Heaters Installing On-Demand Water Heaters

Compact tankless water heaters free up valuable space and save energy, but sizing and installation require a unique approach. Read more

Installing Your Basic Pocket-Door Kit Installing Your Basic Pocket-Door Kit

Get the sequence right and you can make serious time. Read more

Quick Layout for Stair Rails and Balusters Quick Layout for Stair Rails and Balusters

One simple full-scale drawing contains the information you need to cut balusters and newels accurately. Read more

Letters
Letters Letters

Case of the missing beam; thinner sheathing and nail pops; strength of OSB vs. plywood; adequate air for spraying finishes; more Read more

In the News
In the News In the News

Communities grapple with day-labor issues; Katrina wind-damage reports; roofing-tile installation manual; circ-saw recall; more Read more

Q & A
Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists Q&A Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists

Q. Attaching Deck Ledgers to Engineered Rim Joists Are ledger lag-bolting schedules that were developed for 2-by rim joists adequate for engineered rims? It seems that lag bolts would be more likely to pull out of a thinner engineered rim than out of a thicker 2-by Doug fir rim joist. Read more

Same Windows, Different Climates? Q&A Same Windows, Different Climates?

Q. Same Windows, Different Climates? As a HERS rater working in north-central New England, I've noticed that the U-values of the windows that most builders are installing are quite good — below .35 — but they have low SHGC (solar heat-gain coefficient) values. While it seems that windows with higher SHGC values would be a good idea in cold climates, I've found that most manufacturers offer only low-E windows with these relatively low SHGC values. Why? Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Membrane Deck Flashing On the Job: Membrane Deck Flashing

Membrane deck flashing; quick brick shelf Read more

Business
Keeping the Design Phase on Track Business Keeping the Design Phase on Track

I've long appeciated the advantages of design/build. This approach to construction removes you from the rat race of competitive bidding. Read more

Legal
Legal Using Mediation to Settle Construction Disputes

Every so often, a client will call for advice and begin by saying, "I've been in business for 20 years and have never had a problem like this with an owner." It frequently means my client is headed toward mediation. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Cooktops; jetted tubs Read more

Products
Products

Columns; specialty fasteners; adhesives Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox: Metabo KGS 305 Miter Saw Toolbox: Metabo KGS 305 Miter Saw

Metabo KGS 305 miter saw; extension cords; finish carpentry Read more

Backfill
Living Large in Less - Much Less Backfill Living Large in Less - Much Less

With little - literally - to recommend them, Sebastopol, Calif., builder Jay Shafer's Tumbleweed Tiny House designs delight similarly small-minded clients. Read more

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