November 2011 Table of Contents

Basic Pattern-Routing for Perfect Tread Returns Basic Pattern-Routing for Perfect Tread Returns

As a full-time stairbuilder, I've learned that I can't always rely on premilled parts, especially when staircases get complicated. Read more

Getting Started in Infrared Thermography Getting Started in Infrared Thermography

During the late 1970s and early 1980s, I supervised residential insulation projects in central Vermont while working with a couple of regional agencies. Read more

Replacing a Bulkhead Door Replacing a Bulkhead Door

Proper flashing and a solid base of pressure-treated lumber and cellular PVC promise long life Read more

Hanging Drywall with a Crew of One Hanging Drywall with a Crew of One

With a few specialized tools and techniques, you can cost-effectively hang drywall by yourself. Read more


Reinforcing wood with steel; economics of attic insulation Read more

Regulators Consider New Table-Saw Safety Standard

Regulators consider new table-saw safety standard; repair guidelines for tainted drywall updated; New Jersey framer fined for fall-protection violations; more Read more

On the Job
A Rot-Resistant Chimney Chase A Rot-Resistant Chimney Chase

I do quite a bit of siding rehab work, much of it on relatively new houses. Read more

Tracking Changes With Variance Purchase Orders Tracking Changes With Variance Purchase Orders

This month I want to talk about one of the most important aspects of a purchasing system: the ability to accurately capture, manage, and minimize unwanted job-cost variances. Read more

Spray Foam Adhesive for Roof Tiles Spray Foam Adhesive for Roof Tiles

When I need a powerful gap-filling adhesive, I reach for a can of polyurethane foam. Touch 'n Seal is hoping roofers will do the same. Read more

Fast-Drying Wood Glue Fast-Drying Wood Glue

Titebond says its new fast-drying PVA formulation for interior trim carpentry eases the hassle of assembling vertical joints. Read more

Rot-Resistant Door Jambs Rot-Resistant Door Jambs

Endura's FrameSaver Door Frame is solid wood except for a 4-inch-long piece of composite finger-jointed to the bottom; this material, the maker says, is impervious to rot and insects and doesn't wick moisture. Read more

30-inch Dacor Cooktop 30-inch Dacor Cooktop

Dacor recently introduced a scaled-down version of its Distinctive Gas Cooktop. Read more

Accessible Kitchen Cabinet Accessory Accessible Kitchen Cabinet Accessory

Homeowners who have difficulty reaching items on high shelves or bending down for low ones might appreciate the AutoPantry, a vertical closet carousel that brings everything within reach at the push of a button. Read more

Kitchen Range with Double Oven Kitchen Range with Double Oven

Whirlpool's Resource Saver Double Oven Range fits two separate ovens inside the footprint of a standard-size range, for a total capacity of 6.7 cubic feet. Read more

Eco-Friendly Interior Doors Eco-Friendly Interior Doors

Masonite says its new Safe 'N Sound Interior Doors are milled from a low-density fiberboard (called DorCor) that uses renewable wheat straw as its primary raw material. Read more

Easy-to-Hide Electric Wire Easy-to-Hide Electric Wire

FlatWire is a paper-thin copper wire approved for use in low-voltage lighting, audio, video, voice, and data applications. Read more

Pop--Downdraft Range Vent Pop--Downdraft Range Vent

Miele's stainless steel Telescopic Downdraft Hood tucks away beneath the countertop until it's needed, at which point it pops up with the touch of button, topping out at 14 inches above the cooking surface. Read more

Battery-Powered Window Shades Battery-Powered Window Shades

The QMotion may look like a simple pull-down shade, but a motor and battery pack are concealed inside its roller tube. Read more

No-Cope Corners for Crown Molding No-Cope Corners for Crown Molding

Not everyone relishes the challenge of coping and mitering crown molding. Read more

Tile Adhesive in Sheet Form Tile Adhesive in Sheet Form

Adhesive tile mats - self-adhesive sheets with peel-off liners on both sides - allow you to fasten tile to surfaces without dipping a trowel in a bucket of glue. Read more

Makita LS1216L Sliding Compound Miter Saw

The older I get, the more I tend to favor smaller and lighter power tools that are easy to move around the job site. Read more

Milwaukee Cordless Heated Jacket Milwaukee Cordless Heated Jacket

For folks who live in a northern climate, the hardest part of any winter workday is that gut-check moment when you turn off your truck's heater and trudge out into the cold. Read more

Suction-Grip Handle for Heavy Lifting Suction-Grip Handle for Heavy Lifting

The Handle on Demand (HOD) uses suction to provide a convenient handhold on any nonporous surface. Read more

Cordless Siding Cutter Cordless Siding Cutter

The EZ Shear SST is designed to cut wood, vinyl, and fiber-cement siding products silently, without electricity and without kicking up a cloud of dust. Read more

Multipurpose Knife Multipurpose Knife

Unlike other snap-blade knives, Tajima’s Driver Cutter has a stiff tip on the front edge of the blade sleeve that can be used to drive slotted screws, remove staples, or pry open paint-can lids. Read more

Stabilizing Cart for Concrete Saws Stabilizing Cart for Concrete Saws

With the new DSH-FSC Gas Saw Floor Cart, users of handheld gas saws can make precision cuts that would otherwise require a bulky, walk-behind saw, Hilti says. Read more

A History of Eel-Grass Insulation A History of Eel-Grass Insulation

A remodeler encountering a layer of Cabot's Quilt inside an old building might mistake it for the tattered remnants of a Hawaiian grass skirt -- hastily stuffed into a wall, perhaps, during a police raid of some Prohibition-era costume party. Read more

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