October 2011 Table of Contents

Fixing a Botched Stucco Job Fixing a Botched Stucco Job

Late last year, a couple called me about some leaking windows on the back of their 5-year-old stucco house. My company hadn't built the home; it was part of a tract development in Southeastern Pennsylvania thrown up during the recent housing boom. Read more

Stain-Grade Finishing On Site Stain-Grade Finishing On Site

Use premium materials and a methodical approach to achieve a cabinet-grade finish. Read more

Builder's Guide to Windows Builder's Guide to Windows

There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of clear-glass residential windows in the U.S. Most of those homes are more than 30 years old, and as a result, the market is growing for replacement windows with energy-efficient insulating glass. Read more

Hanging Heavy Doors Hanging Heavy Doors

As the punch-list guy for a high-end builder in Osterville, Mass., I end up installing plenty of top-quality solid-core doors. These doors are at least 1 3/4 inches thick and weigh 100 pounds or more, so I have to work smart. Read more

Reroofing With EPDM Rubber Reroofing With EPDM Rubber

Roll roofing was the wrong material for the flat roof under this second-story deck. Read more

Letters Letters

Oldie but goodie; combo condo question; chimney-cap follow-up Read more

JLC Report: Massachusetts Fire Officials Urge Caution With Spray Foam JLC Report: Massachusetts Fire Officials Urge Caution With Spray Foam

Concerns about spray foam; passive-house rift; deck failures; and more Read more

Beefing Up Attic Joists for Living Space Beefing Up Attic Joists for Living Space

I need to convert an attic to livable space with minimal disruption to first-floor habitation. Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Welded Steel Handrailing On the Job: Welded Steel Handrailing

Sleek but strong handrail; backyard face-lift; easier winders Read more

Products Products

Self-adhesive fire tape; condensing boiler; insulated skylights; minimalist receptacles; multipurpose toilet; affordable LEDs; wood tiles; dryer fan; more Read more

Self-Adhesive Fire Tape Self-Adhesive Fire Tape

Flame Fighter is a self-adhesive fire tape that needs no joint compound to make unfinished walls code-compliant. Read more

Stainless Steel Heat Exchanger Stainless Steel Heat Exchanger

According to Triangle Tube, the Prestige Solo Condensing Boiler is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly heating systems on the market. Read more

Insulated Skylights Insulated Skylights

Aerogel is an ultra-efficient translucent insulator that’s been used in commercial skylights since 2003. Read more

Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive

Armstrong’s S-289 Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive is a water-based low-VOC formulation designed to make residential vinyl-backed flooring easier to install and repair. Read more

No-Cover-Plate Electrical Outlets No-Cover-Plate Electrical Outlets

If you can’t stand the sight of cover plates, consider Bocci’s 22 Series Wall Accessories. Read more

Floor Heat Cable Floor Heat Cable

WarmWire floor heat cable makes it easy to incorporate radiant heat into a kitchen or bath: You simply tape cable straps to each side of the subfloor, weave the cable between the straps, and cover with a cement-based or gypsum-based mortar. Read more

Low-E Window Film Low-E Window Film

Instead of replacing a sound single-pane window, consider adding Solar Gard Silver AG 50 Low-E Window Film. Read more

Gray-Water Toilet Gray-Water Toilet

The Profile Smart Toilet conserves space as well as water, says the manufacturer. Read more

LED Replacement Bulbs LED Replacement Bulbs

Switch Bulb Co. says its new LED replacement bulbs combine the color and dimmability of incandescents with the efficiency and longevity of LEDs at an affordable price — $20 per bulb. Read more

Hand-Cut Wood Mosaics Hand-Cut Wood Mosaics

Fortis Arbor Wood Mosaics are hand-cut from scraps of bamboo, teak, and rosewood left over from furniture-making. Read more

Dryer Duct Booster Dryer Duct Booster

With the Dryer Duct Booster you can set up a laundry room almost anywhere in the house without worrying about the length of the exhaust run or the number of bends. Read more

Recycled Glass Tile Recycled Glass Tile

Fireclay’s Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile is made from raw waste glass that’s been crushed, reprocessed, and fired. Read more

Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Table Saw Bosch GTS1031 10-Inch Table Saw

Bosch GTS1031 10-inch table saw Read more

Forever-Accurate Levels Forever-Accurate Levels

Though best-known for clamps and layout tools, Bora also makes a full line of spirit levels, which it says can take anything the job site dishes out. Read more

Dust Collector for Hand-Held Grinders Dust Collector for Hand-Held Grinders

The DustBuddie is a clear plastic shroud that replaces the factory guard on most grinders and - when attached to an effective vacuum - captures 99 percent of the dust generated by grinding, says the maker. Read more

3-in-1 Laser Level and Measuring Tool 3-in-1 Laser Level and Measuring Tool

Bosch's new GLM 80 laser features a unique "two-axis tilt sensor" that can determine the height of distant objects and perform straight-line measurements. Read more

Rental Paint Sprayers for Pros Rental Paint Sprayers for Pros

Graco says its RentalPro Airless Paint Sprayers have been designed to stand up to the rigors of the rental market. Read more

Rammed-Earth Construction in the Modern Age Rammed-Earth Construction in the Modern Age

Rammed-earth walls used to be elementary. Read more

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