October 2010 Table of Contents

Features
Rebuilding a Church on a Higher Plane Rebuilding a Church on a Higher Plane

Builders give a hurricane-devastated structure a lift with concrete, steel, and SIPs. Read more

Solving Moisture Mysteries with an Infrared Camera Solving Moisture Mysteries with an Infrared Camera

Temperature differences between dry and wet spots can provide important clues. Read more

Toolbox
Letters Letters

More on mold; JLC Field Guide correction Read more

News
JLC Report State Legislators Deal Blow to Residential-Sprinkler Codes

Lawmakers in many states block IRC 2009 provision mandating sprinklers for one- and two-family homes Read more

TVA-ORNL Project Provides a Window on the Payback of Energy Upgrades JLC Report TVA-ORNL Project Provides a Window on the Payback of Energy Upgrades

Study finds that modest upgrades in insualtion and HVAC equipment dramatically reduce energy use in warm, humid climates. Read more

JLC Report/Offcuts Builders Seek "Transfer Fees" to Profit from Future Home Sales

Practice is called "a new form of price gouging" by lender group. Read more

Offcuts PEX Tubing Approval is Off-Again, On-Again

Challenges from pipe trades and environmental group keep California plumbers guessing. Read more

JLC Report/Offcuts Lowe's Settles Suit Brought by Buyers of Defective Drywall

Suppliers deny providing Chinese GWB, but the retailer offers gift cards to claimants. Read more

JLC Report/Offcuts Permit Rules for Teardowns Are Tightening

Teardowns aren't as common as they were during the boom, but they're still causing problems in some communities. Read more

Q&A
Q&A Can You Swap Lithium Ion for Nicad Batteries?

A reader recently purchased a DeWalt 18-volt cordless tool with lithium-ion batteries and noticed that the new batteries also fit their old DeWalt tools. Is it okay to use lithium-ion batteries in tools that came with nickel-cadmium (nicad) batteries? Read more

Fixing a Botched Trim Job Q&A Fixing a Botched Trim Job

A homeowner asks how to repair what looks like a botched job, where new entry doors were installed in a brick home covered with stucco or some kind of cement parging. Read more

Business
Using the NAHB Chart of Accounts to Organize Your Business Finances Business Using the NAHB Chart of Accounts to Organize Your Business Finances

Here's an effective way to organize and categorize expenses and job-cost data and compare the results with your forecasts. Read more

Products
Rain Screen for Basements Products Rain Screen for Basements

Drainage plane for basement walls. Read more

Advanced Underlayment Products Advanced Underlayment

DuPont claims that its RoofLiner synthetic roofing underlayment offers a number of advantages over conventional felt. Read more

Always Available Dust Pan Products Always Available Dust Pan

Some cleanups really need a broom — but wouldn’t it be nice not to have to mess with the dust pan? Read more

Blind-Side Waterproofing Membrane Products Blind-Side Waterproofing Membrane

MiraPly self-adhering blind-side waterproofing can make a difficult job just a bit easier. Read more

Self-Cleaning Tile Products Self-Cleaning Tile

StonePeak Ceramics recently unveiled a line of tile that the company says repels dirt, kills surface bacteria, and even cleans the air. Read more

Soft-Sided Dumpster Products Soft-Sided Dumpster

Steep rental fees often make it impractical to keep a dumpster on site for the duration of a job, so some builders create an unsightly junk pile. Read more

Easier Tile Cleaning Products Easier Tile Cleaning

The Bucket Ape cleaning kit can save you the enormous hassle of carrying heavy buckets of water around the job site. Read more

Hose Within a Hose Products Hose Within a Hose

A central vacuum-cleaning system eliminates the hassle of lugging around a heavy machine — but there’s still the hose to deal with. Read more

Leather Floors Products Leather Floors

The idea of walking on cowhide may sound decadent, but Torlys says its leather flooring is made of 100 percent recycled material. Read more

Dimmer for CFLs Products Dimmer for CFLs

A lot of energy-conscious consumers are disappointed with the range and performance of dimmable CFLs. Leviton says its new Decora CFL Slide Dimmer can help. Read more

Attractive Waterproofing Products Attractive Waterproofing

Since most dampproofing coatings are covered up by backfill or studwalls, it doesn’t matter what they look like. Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Senco Fusion Finish Nailer

When I heard that Senco was introducing a new cordless finish nailer, I was both excited and skeptical — excited because I dislike using hoses, and skeptical because as a long-time user of cordless finish guns I am aware of their shortcomings. Read more

Toolbits
ZipWall ZP4 Dust-Containment Kit Toolbits ZipWall ZP4 Dust-Containment Kit

Create a temporary dust-containment wall or 'room' with plastic sheeting using the ZipWall system. Read more

Dustless Technologies 16006 HEPA Vacuum Toolbits Dustless Technologies 16006 HEPA Vacuum

Dustless Technologies' model 16006 HEPA vac meets requirements for the new RRP lead rule, says the manufacturer, and it's affordably priced. Read more

Bosch Two-Plane Laser Toolbits Bosch Two-Plane Laser

Bosch's latest two-plane laser level has no motorized spinning beams. Read more

Bostitch Clamping Box Beam Levels Toolbits Bostitch Clamping Box Beam Levels

Stanley's Bostitch line of heavy-duty construction hand tools offers 2- and 4-foot clamping box beam levels. Read more

Backfill
Rocking Out in Waukesha Backfill Rocking Out in Waukesha

Some years ago, Mogensen bought a nice lot in Waukesha, Wis. — a two-acre plot surrounded by town parks and conservation land, the last undeveloped free spot in the area. He planned to build himself a home there. But when he started to excavate, he hit rock 2 feet down. Lots of rock. Read more

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