June 2009 Table of Contents

Features
Building a Tight House Building a Tight House

A double stud wall allows for plenty of cellulose insulation and reduces thermal bridging. Read more

Condensing Storage Water Heaters Condensing Storage Water Heaters

These heaters are up to 96 percent efficient and typically easier to retrofit than tankless models . Read more

Custom Door Trim On an MDF Budget Custom Door Trim On an MDF Budget

You can mill five sets of casing from a single sheet. Read more

Letters
Letters

Fire-sprinkler costs reconsidered; epoxy for wood rot; credit-card commiseration; a vote for country of origin Read more

In the News
In the News In the News

Pennsylvania house is first recipient of new green standard’s top rating; Pulte buys Centex; sprinkler battle continues at state level; more Read more

Q & A
Attaching Deck Ledgers to I-Joist Cantilevers Q&A Attaching Deck Ledgers to I-Joist Cantilevers

When I-joists are cantilevered over the foundation wall rather than directly supported at the sill plate, can a deck ledger be safely attached to the engineered rim joist? Read more

Glass Tile and Kerdi Membranes Q&A Glass Tile and Kerdi Membranes

The manufacturer of the glass tile my client chose for her shower recommends that it be installed with modified thinset mortar. But Schluter, maker of the Kerdi waterproofing membrane I typically use, specifies unmodified thinset mortar for both installing its membrane and setting tile. Does this mean that glass tile can't be used with Kerdi waterproofing membrane? Read more

Q&A Mudsills and Out-of-Level Foundations

Recently we contracted to do a house with precast foundation walls that were set out of level - up to 3/4 inch over 30 feet, in some places. What's the best way to shim and air-seal the mudsill? Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Making Porch Floorboards Last On the Job: Making Porch Floorboards Last

Making porch floorboards last; door-finishing jig; a simple tent Read more

Business
Business Are Your Contracts Bulletproof?

Effective July 1, 2009, the state of Pennsylvania will require a written contract for nearly every construction task in or around a residence — even minor repair work like repainting or reroofing. Read more

Products
Products

Wall-mounted heaters; quick disconnect; screws for exotic hardwoods; foil sheathing; flexible ducts; rot-resistant pine; more Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Bosch and Rockwell Multi-Tools

It used to be that if you wanted a multi-tool — an oscillating sander/cutter — you had to buy one of Fein's MultiMasters. Read more

Toolbox Milwaukee 6477-20 Wormdrive Saw

None of my power tools gets used more than my wormdrive saw. Read more

Toolbits
Stiletto Multifunctional Flat and Glazer's Bars Toolbits Stiletto Multifunctional Flat and Glazer's Bars

Stiletto's six new titanium pry bars weigh 45 percent less than equivalent-sized steel bars, says the company. Read more

Bucket Boss Bucket Seat Pro Toolbits Bucket Boss Bucket Seat Pro

The Bucket Seat Pro from Bucket Boss protects your bucket's contents, provides a convenient place to sit, and — with its two removable dividers — serves as a four- or six-compartment parts organizer. Read more

Master Lock Truck Bed U-Lock Anchors Toolbits Master Lock Truck Bed U-Lock Anchors

Leaving valuable tools and equipment in the back of your pickup — even for a quick run into the store — can be risky, but many truck beds don't have a place you can attach a lock to. Read more

Milwaukee 2451-22 Cordless Impact Wrench Toolbits Milwaukee 2451-22 Cordless Impact Wrench

Most cordless impact wrenches have 1/2-inch anvils for large sockets and deliver bolt-snapping torque that can overwhelm smaller tasks. Read more

Jackson Professional Tools Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer Toolbits Jackson Professional Tools Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer

Jackson's Total Control Elite Demolition Hammer is a sledgehammer with a difference: One of the striking faces tapers down to about 3/8 inch thick for rough prying — or for concentrating the striking force along a line to break concrete more easily. Read more

PDY Systems Lift-n-Lock Organizer Toolbits PDY Systems Lift-n-Lock Organizer

Small items can be difficult to keep isolated in a portable parts box. Read more

Stanley Hand Planes Toolbits Stanley Hand Planes

Stanley has redesigned some of its most popular hand planes. Read more

Backfill
Backfill Roofing Under Cover

According to Colin McGhee, thatched roofs are “a bit of a novelty in the United States.” That perception won’t be diminished by the job he took on this past winter when he and his crew thatched a Maine island retreat. Read more

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