December 2010 Table of Contents

Features
Creating an OSHA-Compliant Safety Program for a Homebuilding Construction Site Creating an OSHA-Compliant Safety Program for a Homebuilding Construction Site

After a visit from OSHA, a design-build contractor learns how to do things by the book and profit from it. Read more

No-Leak EIFS System No-Leak EIFS System

Improved waterproofing and drainage details promise rot-free performance from this combination insulation and cladding. Read more

Hot-Water Circulation Systems Hot-Water Circulation Systems

On-demand systems install quickly and can save both water and energy. Read more

Installing a ProBase Shower Pan Installing a ProBase Shower Pan

An experienced tile setter takes a close look at a new way of installing a shower pan. Read more

Seal Seams In Crawlspace Liners Seal Seams In Crawlspace Liners

The crawlspace of a home was consistently wet — in spite of the 6-mil poly liner. Here's how a builder fixed it to assure long-term durability of the foundation and floor frame. Read more

Letters
Letters

New deck code is confusing; quick drywall patches; facing the future; finding a thermographer; importance of builder eduction Read more

News
Maine Gets Its First Statewide Code

It’s long been known that sunlight reflected from low-E windows can melt vinyl siding, but the management of a “green” Las Vegas hotel is confronted by a similar problem on a vastly larger scale. Read more

JLC Report Lawsuit Claims LEED Certification Is False and Misleading

Class action suit holds that the "green" project rating system is just a marketing gimmick that harms the interests of non-LEED building performance experts. Read more

JLC Report Is Rain-Screen Siding Worth the Effort?

It's good insurance against problems caused by wind-driven rain, but experts wonder whether the additional cost is necessary. Read more

Q&A
Q&A: Closing a House for the Winter

I have customers who wants me to build a log home that will be used seasonally, for about two months of the summer and another two months in the winter. During the rest of the year they want to leave the house closed up and unheated. We're at the edge of the Rocky Mountain Front Range in eastern British Columbia, and winter temperatures often fall to 20F. I've discouraged the clients from installing a hydronic heating system because of the difficulty of draining it twice a year (draining the domestic water will be headache enough), but what other potential problems should I be thinking about? I'm concerned that the radical swings in temperature could damage interior finishes Read more

Q&A: Effectiveness of Thermal Curtains

Do so-called "double-cell" insulating window shades perform as advertised? One salesperson claims R-3 if they are installed with an airtight edge seal. Read more

Q&A: Winder Layout to Code? Q&A: Winder Layout to Code?

Although code inspections are not routinely done in the rural area where I work, I want to make sure a winder stair I am building to access the upstairs of a storage building meets residential code. Read more

Business
Use Excel to Budget Next Year's Project Mix Use Excel to Budget Next Year's Project Mix

Take some pain out of the yearly exercise of creating your jobs budget Read more

Products
Shower Heat Exchanger Can Save Energy Shower Heat Exchanger Can Save Energy

Captures thermal energy from wastewater to preheat incoming cold supply. Read more

Waterproofing Membrane for Deck and Fence Posts Waterproofing Membrane for Deck and Fence Posts

Self-adhesive wrap applied to below-grade section is designed to preventag rot. Read more

All-in-One Footing and Pier Form All-in-One Footing and Pier Form

Tapered, snap-together formwork includes pre-bent rebar cut to size. Read more

Moistureproof Batt Insulation Moistureproof Batt Insulation

No-itch batts are made from natural stone and slag. Read more

High-Tech Insulation High-Tech Insulation

Nanogel material can be mixed with plaster and stucco to improve thermal efficiency. Read more

Power Lift for Attic Access Power Lift for Attic Access

Fits between trusses and provides an alternative to carrying stored items up and down steep pulldown stairs. Read more

Low-Dust Joint Compound Low-Dust Joint Compound

Sand finished wallboard without creating a cloud. Read more

Improved Deck Ledger Flashing Improved Deck Ledger Flashing

Locks over edge of the first decking board; diverts water and debris. Read more

Better Bath Fan Better Bath Fan

Re-design of widely installed unit optimizes noise reduction, energy efficiency. Read more

Wall Patch Kit in a Box Wall Patch Kit in a Box

Quick fix for drywall defects. Read more

Truck Seat Covers Truck Seat Covers

Custom-fitted, washable protection from dirt and stains Read more

Water-Saving, Clog-Resistant Showerhead Water-Saving, Clog-Resistant Showerhead

Air-injection technology enables luxurious spray. Read more

Toolbits
Stanley Fastening Systems Bostitch Twin Blade Knife Toolbits Stanley Fastening Systems Bostitch Twin Blade Knife

Workers who routinely carry two utility knives might appreciate the Bostitch Twin Blade Knife. Read more

Duck Prybar Adjustable Wrecking Bar Toolbits Duck Prybar Adjustable Wrecking Bar

What sets the Duck Prybar apart from other testosterone-fueled wrecking bars are the adjustable lifting arms. Read more

European Tools Ltd. Modular Toolbelt Toolbits European Tools Ltd. Modular Toolbelt

Most professional toolbelts are easily configured to fit the needs of the user, but swapping pouches to accommodate changing tasks can be a hassle. Read more

Tajima Tool Corp. Combination Drywall Rasp Toolbits Tajima Tool Corp. Combination Drywall Rasp

The original drywall rasp was a scrap of metal lath wrapped around a 2x4. Read more

Backfill
Super-Insulated Tank for Heating Fluid Storage Super-Insulated Tank for Heating Fluid Storage

Wouldn't it be nice to store excess heat generated by solar panels and biomass boilers in summer for heating during the winter? Here's a stab at a tank designed for the purpose. Read more

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