June 2012 Table of Contents

Features
An Affordable Passive House Part II - Sealing the Air Barrier An Affordable Passive House Part II - Sealing the Air Barrier

Sealing the air barrier and eliminating thermal conduction minimizes heating loads. Read more

Fixing Bathroom Ventilation Problems - Poorly Installed Ductwork and Insulation Fixing Bathroom Ventilation Problems - Poorly Installed Ductwork and Insulation

Often the fan is big enough, but the ductwork is nonexistent or poorly installed. Read more

Light-Duty Welding - Greater Productivity and Versatility for Builders Light-Duty Welding - Greater Productivity and Versatility for Builders

Add basic metal-working equipment to your toolbox to increase your versatility and become more productive. Read more

Retrofitting a Steel Header Retrofitting a Steel Header

Installing the two-piece assembly one C-channel at a time made it easier to support the masonry while opening the wall. Read more

Letters
Letters Weaving Wood-Shingle Hips and Valleys - Epoxy Tip - Hail-Damage

Weaving wood-shingle hips and valleys; epoxy tip; hail-damage scam Read more

Q&A
Thermal Break for a Cathedral Ceiling Q&A Thermal Break for a Cathedral Ceiling

Q: Is it possible to create a thermal break by fastening a layer of rigid foam to the underside of the joists before hanging the drywall? Read more

Q&A Will UV Degrade Exposed PVC Plumbing?

Q: Are exposed PVC drain lines underneath a seasonal home elevated on piers susceptible to UV damage? The pipes are exposed to direct sun for at least part of the day, especially when the sun is low. The structure is located in coastal North Carolina. Read more

Q&A Drywall Control Joint

Is there such a thing as a control joint for drywall? Read more

Q&A Preventing Blockage in Homes With Low-Flow Toilet Fixtures

Q: With low-flow toilets now required by code almost everywhere, are there steps builders and remodelers can take to prevent problems caused by waste becoming stranded in drain lines? Read more

On the Job
Scribing Baseboard - Scrap Screen-Door Protector - REScheck for Permitting On the Job Scribing Baseboard - Scrap Screen-Door Protector - REScheck for Permitting

Scribing baseboard, quickly; scrap screen-door protector; putting REScheck to work for permitting Read more

Products
Vinyl Replacement Windows Vinyl Replacement Windows

Simonton says its Asure vinyl replacement windows let in more sunlight and less moisture. Read more

Flexible Seal Roof Sealant Flexible Seal Roof Sealant

Flexible Seal Roof Sealant fills cracks up to 1/4 inch wide and sticks firmly to steel, glass, aluminum, concrete, wood, brick, clay, tile, and asphalt - even in the rain, says the maker. Read more

Prefinished Bulkhead Prefinished Bulkhead

Powder-coat finishes are more durable and chip-resistant than paint, so it was a smart move on Bilco's part to start offering a factory-applied polyester powder-coat finish as an option for its Classic Series steel basement doors. Read more

Fiber-Cement Mounting Blocks Fiber-Cement Mounting Blocks

SturdiMount preflashed fiber-cement mounting blocks provide a flat, leakproof base for light fixtures, receptacles, dryer vents, hose bins, gas lines, and other penetrations, says the maker. Read more

Indulge Modern Instant Hot-Water Dispenser Indulge Modern Instant Hot-Water Dispenser

The Indulge Modern hot-water dispenser provides 200° filtered water instantly, says the maker, saving gallons of not-warm-enough water that otherwise may have been poured down the drain. Read more

Faux Fir Doors Faux Fir Doors

According to the maker, the fiberglass entry doors look like they're made from old-growth fir but are more energy-efficient and less prone to cracking and warping than the real thing. Read more

Discreet Aluminum Access Panel Discreet Aluminum Access Panel

Although the F-1 Access Panel is made of high-grade welded aluminum, the door can be ordered with a drywall inlay that renders it all but invisible save for the metal edge and 1/16-inch reveal. Read more

Pure Cold Single-Handle Faucet Pure Cold Single-Handle Faucet

The downside of a single-handle faucet is that users can inadvertently mix in hot water when all they want is cold. The KWC Ava faucet has a fix for that. Read more

ZipDoor Kit Dust Container ZipDoor Kit Dust Container

If nothing but a doorway separates the work zone from living space, your safest best may be to install a ZipDoor Kit. Read more

Propane-Powered Generator Propane-Powered Generator

With a power output of just over 3,000 watts, the LP3250 Portable Generator would not be the right choice for a framing crew. Read more

Coated I-Joists Coated I-Joists

PKI Engineered I-Joists get their distinctive pink color from a nontoxic coating that the maker says resists fire, repels water, and prevents mold growth. Read more

Steel Siding Steel Siding

Bayside says its Metal Siding is less prone to expansion and contraction and more durable than wood or vinyl. Read more

Toolbits
Insect Shield Repellent Work Wear Insect Shield Repellent Work Wear

Instead of coating your skin with irritating liquids, consider protecting yourself with Insect Shield Repellent Work Wear when you work outside. Read more

SPP 500C Cordless Caulk Dispenser SPP 500C Cordless Caulk Dispenser

The SPP 500C Cordless Caulk Dispenser features a microprocessor-controlled variable-speed motor and all-metal gearing with a 1,300:1 gear ratio, so you can apply more caulk or adhesive with less effort, says the maker. Read more

CG4X Framer Gloves CG4X Framer Gloves

The CG4X Framer is designed to protect the wearer's hand from abrasions and fatigue without interfering with dexterity. Read more

Door-Bottom Brush Door-Bottom Brush

The Painting Pal is a skinny brush that makes it possible to seal a bottom edge on a swinging door. Read more

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