August 2009 Table of Contents

Features
Focus on French Doors Focus on French Doors

Engineered for energy efficiency and leak-free performance, hinged patio doors are an elegant option in any climate. Read more

Getting Into Gutters Getting Into Gutters

This specialty trade can provide profits in slow times. Read more

Residential Fire Sprinklers Residential Fire Sprinklers

Your state may be the next to mandate these systems, so it’s a good idea to understand how they work . Read more

Tiling an Outdoor Countertop With A Reinforced Mortar-Bed Substrate Tiling an Outdoor Countertop With A Reinforced Mortar-Bed Substrate

A reinforced mortar-bed substrate is key to success. Read more

Letters
Letters

Using stainless with copper; window-seat safety; hanging loads from beams; the true cost of regulation Read more

In the News
In the News In the News

Stringent new energy code offers flexibility; company fined for breaking FTC’s R-value rule; Denver’s moratorium on fees pays off; PV-panel prices decline; more Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Bench Bump-Outs Expand a Narrow Porch On the Job: Bench Bump-Outs Expand a Narrow Porch

An unlikely window; bench bump-outs expand a narrow porch Read more

Business
Boosting Revenue With Change Orders Business Boosting Revenue With Change Orders

Clearly, change orders are a vital piece of our business model, and they don’t just happen by accident. We lay the groundwork for changes by keeping clients happy and informed throughout the job process. Dissatisfied customers, we know, are unlikely to authorize additional work. Read more

Products
Products

Clips for flat tiles; mounting blocks; aluminum-and-glass railing; crawlspace ventilation; fibercement siding panels; more Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Ridgid R3030 Recip Saw

Ridgid recently added a one-handed recip saw to its Fuego line of power tools. Read more

Toolbits
Pearl Abrasive DTL10HPXL Porcelain Blade Toolbits Pearl Abrasive DTL10HPXL Porcelain Blade

Cutting through porcelain can be a challenge, and sometimes it takes a special blade to do the work quickly and cleanly. Read more

MBright Tools iVac Switch Box Toolbits MBright Tools iVac Switch Box

With MBright Tools' iVac Switch Box, any old shop vacuum or small dust collector can be used as a tool-triggered system. Read more

MK Diamond TX3 Tile Saw Toolbits MK Diamond TX3 Tile Saw

Most tile saws pump water out of a large pan to cool their cuts, which can cause a lot of overspray and dripping. Read more

Bosch X5L Full-Head Carbide Bits Toolbits Bosch X5L Full-Head Carbide Bits

Rebar is the bane of concrete drilling, capable of stopping a bit dead in its tracks. Read more

Ford 2010 Transit Connect Van Toolbits Ford 2010 Transit Connect Van

Small service and delivery outfits now have a compact, fuel-efficient alternative to a full-size truck or van: Ford's 2010 Transit Connect. Read more

DeWalt DWM120 Portable Band Saw Toolbits DeWalt DWM120 Portable Band Saw

Most portable band saws have a cut capacity of 4 3/4 inches, but DeWalt's new DWM120 can handle pipe up to 5 inches. Read more

Diablo Drill Mixers Toolbits Diablo Drill Mixers

Using a drill for heavy mixing is hard on the tool and on your wrists. A dedicated mixer makes the job easier. Read more

Backfill
A Rising Tide Lifts All Houses Backfill A Rising Tide Lifts All Houses

With at least one-third of their country below sea level, the Dutch don’t take the prospect of flooding lightly. But these days, the dual pressures of a growing population and limited space are forcing a re-evaluation throughout the Netherlands of land previously thought too wet or flood-prone for building. Read more

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