June 2010 Table of Contents

Features
Repairing a Rotting Roof

Reducing indoor humidity was a critical first step. Read more

Air-Sealing and Insulating a High-Performance Shell

Take pains to seal all possible leaks, then run a blower-door test before insulating. Read more

Replacing a Rooftop Deck

Pedestal supports and preassembled wood tiles simplify installation and maintenance. Read more

Letters
Letters

Confusion over shingle warranty; a cautionary note about low-flow toilets Read more

News
JLC Report: Massachusetts Stretches for Higher Home-Energy Scores

Massachusetts stretches for higher homeenergy scores; lack of energy-efficiency training impedes job growth; Energy Star tightens requirements for product certification; more Read more

Q&A
How Should I Finish an Existing Basement Wall? Q&A How Should I Finish an Existing Basement Wall?

I am about to start a basement remodel project in a cold climate. I plan to apply a waterproofing product to the inside of the basement wall, then stick a sheet of polyethylene directly to the basement wall over the waterproof coating. Once that is in place, I'll frame a 2x4 wood-frame wall on the inside, insulate it with fiberglass batts, and staple a poly vapor barrier to the inside face of the studs. Does this seem like a good approach? Read more

Q&A Mold on Framing Lumber

I occasionally receive framing lumber that has some mold on it. Will this mold continue to grow and cause rot once the wood is in the dry? Do I have to clean it off? I'm also concerned about customer perception. Read more

Q&A: Fogging for Mold?

Q: I've come across a product that was created to combat the anthrax spore and was later found to be effective against mold as well. It's fogged throughout the job for 24 hours, with no access allowed. The product is said to eradicate mold, not just put it in a dormant state. Does this work? Read more

Business
Putting Social Media to Work for a Construction Business Business Putting Social Media to Work for a Construction Business

Do you really need a “blog” for every house you start or a “Twitter feed” telling your prospects what you had for lunch? You just got your Web site up and running last year — isn’t that good enough? Read more

Products
Performance LED Lamps - Require 10 Percent of the Energy Performance LED Lamps - Require 10 Percent of the Energy

Feit Electric’s Performance LED lamps come in many sizes and require only 10 percent of the energy needed by comparable incandescents, says the maker. Read more

Bending Landing Tread - For Curved Stair Landings Bending Landing Tread - For Curved Stair Landings

With L.J. Smith’s Bending Landing Tread you can make a template and fabricate the pieces on site. Read more

Endurance Series Graspable Handrail Endurance Series Graspable Handrail

The new Endurance series graspable handrail from Railing Dynamics mounts to many types of railing assemblies and is IBC-, IRC-, and ADA-compliant in spans up to 6 feet. Read more

Flipside Hand Shower Flipside Hand Shower

Kohler’s Flipside hand shower offers four distinct spray patterns that are selected by simply pivoting the head into position; each spray uses a separate nozzle. Read more

Fiberglass Window Frames Fiberglass Window Frames

Fiberglass windows are stronger than vinyl, insulate better than aluminum, and cost less than solid wood, say manufacturers. Read more

Transcend Boards - No Plastic Bottom Allows Moisture To Escape Transcend Boards - No Plastic Bottom Allows Moisture To Escape

Co-extruded decking is made with a plastic shell, but Trex leaves the plastic off the bottom of Transcend boards so that moisture can escape and the surface can accept adhesives. Read more

Toxin-Free Modified Wood Resists Insects and Microorganisms Toxin-Free Modified Wood Resists Insects and Microorganisms

Titan Wood Limited’s Accoya pine lumber has been treated with a concentrated form of vinegar in a process called acetylation, which makes it inedible to insects and rot-causing microorganisms without adding toxins. Read more

Extension Handles For Hinged Glass Doors Extension Handles For Hinged Glass Doors

It can be tricky to fit window treatments on hinged glass doors because stock door handles may not provide enough clearance space, but RAK’s handle extensions are sized for cellular shades, blinds, and shutters. Read more

Solid Hardwood Stair Tread Caps Solid Hardwood Stair Tread Caps

Retro Treads are solid hardwood stair tread caps designed to cover existing treads that were originally carpeted. Read more

Cold-Bend Hardwood Boards - No Steaming Required Cold-Bend Hardwood Boards - No Steaming Required

You can bend Cold-Bend hardwood boards without steaming, says the maker, because they were already steamed during manufacturing, then compressed in length, a process that “accordions” the long grain fibers and makes them flexible. Read more

Touch-Sensitive Faucet Touch-Sensitive Faucet

Delta’s Pilar Waterfall faucet turns on or off with a touch anywhere on its handle or spout. Read more

PolyPavement Soil Solidifier PolyPavement Soil Solidifier

Adding PolyPavement soil solidifier to dirt creates a waterproof drivable surface, says the maker, providing a ready alternative to asphalt and concrete paths, drives, and parking areas. Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Hilti Dust-Collecting System

As a remodeler who specializes in tile, I work on a lot of kitchens and bathrooms. Read more

Toolbits
Hitachi KC10DFL Subcompact Combo Kit Toolbits Hitachi KC10DFL Subcompact Combo Kit

When subcompact cordless tools have enough power for the job, they offer a significant size and weight advantage. Read more

Bobcat M-Series Loaders Toolbits Bobcat M-Series Loaders

Bobcat's M-Series loaders offer greater comfort than previous models, says the maker, with a more spacious cab and better seat suspension, along with improved visibility and noise protection for the operator. Read more

Hilti TE 3000-AVR Electric Demolition Hammer Toolbits Hilti TE 3000-AVR Electric Demolition Hammer

Hilti just introduced its largest electric demolition hammer yet, the TE 3000-AVR. Read more

Ridgid R92234 JobMax Combo Kit Toolbits Ridgid R92234 JobMax Combo Kit

Ridgid's R92234 combo kit comes with a subcompact drill/driver and a new multi-attachment tool called the JobMax. Read more

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