February 2012 Table of Contents

Contemporary Bathroom Addition Contemporary Bathroom Addition

A stepped footprint makes the most of space left by a property easement. Read more

Remodeling in Masonry Remodeling in Masonry

Two projects illustrate how a methodical approach and careful details keep old walls from crumbling. Read more

Cool Tools for 2012 Cool Tools for 2012

The top products on display at the STAFDA show. Read more

Securing Rainscreen Siding Securing Rainscreen Siding

Test results show how to properly install clapboards and vertical strapping over exterior foam. Read more


Beefing up attic joists for storage; bad bearings; door hanging clinic; combustibility of spray foam Read more

Sidewall Shingles Over Foam Sheathing

Q: How do I fasten cedar shingles to sidewalls covered with rigid foam? Read more

Micronized-Copper Treated Lumber

Q: I'm building an outdoor deck for a client who wants me to use lumber treated with micronized copper, in the belief that it's less harmful to the environment than wood treated with other chemicals. I'm not very familiar with the material. Can it be used in ground-contact applications, including load-bearing posts? Read more

When the Homeowner Does the Demo

Q: I'm considering a job remodeling a kitchen on a pre-1978 house. The budget-conscious client wants to save money by doing the demo work himself, which I understand he can legally do in his own home. Can I come onto the job afterward and work without following lead-safe work practices, since I won't be doing any demo? Read more

Big Power, Small Package Big Power, Small Package

According to Rheem, the 29-gallon XR90 Extreme Recovery Gas Water Heater exceeds the performance of most 50-gallon water heaters but costs less to operate than any standard 30-, 40-, or 50-gallon model. Read more

Safer Spray-Foam Cleaner Safer Spray-Foam Cleaner

Touch ’n Seal now offers a more environmentally friendly way to clean uncured spray foam from hands, tools, and applicator guns. Poly-Clean is VOC-free and nonirritating to skin, says the manufacturer. Read more

Interior Paint Interior Paint

Advance Waterborne Interior Alkyd flows on and levels out like a traditional alkyd but has low VOC content (less than 50 grams/liter) and cleans up with soap and water. Read more

Sun-Powered Fan Sun-Powered Fan

Broan’s 20-watt Solar-Powered Attic Ventilator can ventilate up to 1,600 square feet. Read more

Green Grass Green Grass

Pearl’s Premium Ultra Low Maintenance Lawn Seed grows at a quarter the rate of blue grass and puts down 12-inch-deep roots that tap into naturally occurring moisture, says the maker. Read more

Post Wrap Post Wrap

Versatex has added 4-by-6-inch and 8-by-8-inch sizes to its precut Versawrap PVC column cladding for rough-sawn wood posts (existing sizes are 4 by 4 inches and 6 by 6 inches.) Read more

Quick-Change Locks Quick-Change Locks

With SmartKey Locks you can turn a project over to the homeowners without worrying about who might still have access to the house. Read more

Cabinet Glass Upgrade Cabinet Glass Upgrade

The manufacturer best-known in this country for reproductions of historic “wavy” glass also makes replacement inserts for built-in cabinets and furniture. Read more

Recycling Center in a Kitchen Cabinet Drawer Recycling Center in a Kitchen Cabinet Drawer

Blum’s two new waste/recycle drawer sets fit 15-, 18-, and 21-inch base cabinets. Read more

Ready-to-Go Blower Door Ready-to-Go Blower Door

The Minneapolis Blower Door comes equipped with everything needed to measure airtightness or diagnose air-leakage problems, says the manufacturer. Read more

Retrofit LEDs Retrofit LEDs

Nora Lighting recently added a 4-inch 10-watt model to its Diamond Series of LED retrofit downlights. Read more

Scaffold Builder’s Multi-Tool Scaffold Builder’s Multi-Tool

The WrightGripScaffold Ratchet is designed to lighten the load for scaffold builders. It features a 7/8-inch socket wrench, a 7/8-inch open-end wrench, and a nonsparking hammer with a replaceable plastic face. Read more

Multipurpose Hammer Drill Multipurpose Hammer Drill

The new KHE 76 combination hammer is equally suited to drilling large holes in concrete and heavy chiseling, says Metabo. Read more

Compact Foam Sprayer Compact Foam Sprayer

Graco claims that the Reactor E-8p Portable Plural-Component Sprayer is the first foam sprayer specifically designed to apply the new no-heat polyurethane formulations. Read more

Do-It-All Saw Do-It-All Saw

According to Irwin, the new Universal Handsaw is the only saw you’ll ever need. Read more

Heavy Equipment Simulators Heavy Equipment Simulators

Until about five years ago, the only way to practice operating an excavator or bulldozer was to climb aboard and start moving dirt, ideally in an area without too many buried power lines and gas mains. Read more

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