May 2012 Table of Contents

Features
Demo-Blade Showdown - Testing Recip-Saw Blades Demo-Blade Showdown - Testing Recip-Saw Blades

We pushed 18 recip-saw blades to their limits to determine their ability to cut quickly and resist wear. Read more

Replacing 18th-Century Windows in an Historic Stone House Replacing 18th-Century Windows in an Historic Stone House

Threaded rod and epoxy secure the replacement windows in this historic stone building. Read more

Straightening a Stone Wall With Steel Pins and Helical Tiebacks Straightening a Stone Wall With Steel Pins and Helical Tiebacks

Good drainage and a network of steel pins and helical tiebacks give this wall a new lease on life. Read more

An Affordable Passive House - Part 1 - Airtight and Super-Insulated With Familiar Materials An Affordable Passive House - Part 1 - Airtight and Super-Insulated With Familiar Materials

This airtight, superinsulated home was built using familiar methods and materials. Read more

Letters
Letters Lead Paint Rules Require Context - Modular Skeptic

Lead paint rules require context; modular skeptic Read more

Q&A
Mounting an Ornamental Iron Railing Q&A Mounting an Ornamental Iron Railing

Q: The low-slope roof on the addition I'm building has an ornamental iron railing at the edge. Since the roof won't be used as a deck, it's just there for appearance. Read more

Q&A Piers for a Lakeside Deck

Q: What's a good way to set deck piers in shallow water? Read more

Q&A Controlling the Moisture Content of Wood Flooring

Q: What's the proper procedure for acclimating wood flooring to the moisture content of a building before installation? Read more

Business
Contract Clauses That Keep You in Control Business Contract Clauses That Keep You in Control

Contract clauses that keep you in control Read more

Products
HydroGap Drainable Housewrap HydroGap Drainable Housewrap

Drainable housewraps offer some of the benefits of a rainscreen installation without its cost or complexity. Read more

Bora-Foam Bugless Insulation Panels Bora-Foam Bugless Insulation Panels

Most rigid insulation is susceptible to termite damage but Bora-Foam isn't. Read more

HitchClip Fall Arrest System HitchClip Fall Arrest System

The key to the HitchClip Fall Arrest System is a 4.4-ounce anchoring clip that attaches to the roof framing with just four 16d (or equivalent) fasteners. Read more

Efficient Tankless Hot Water Efficient Tankless Hot Water

Rinnai has unveiled a new line of highly efficient tankless products. Read more

RhinoRoof Felt Substitute RhinoRoof Felt Substitute

Most synthetic roofing underlayments are designed to replace 30-pound felt, but RhinoRoof is intended for applications where the 15-pound variety would be called for. Read more

Distinctive Hardware Distinctive Hardware

Fusion Hardware Group’s decorative locksets, door handles, and deadbolts come in a range of designs and finishes to fit almost any architectural style. Read more

Next Hybrid Gas Water Heater Next Hybrid Gas Water Heater

A. O. Smith claims its new water heater offers the advantages of on-demand and traditional heating appliances without the disadvantages. Read more

Foolproof Shutoff Foolproof Shutoff

Prefab washer and dryer boxes take the hassle out of roughing in those appliances. The Pull Stop Box aims to do the same for toilets. Read more

Fireproof Foam Insulation Fireproof Foam Insulation

GacoFireStop is the first open-cell foam approved for use in attics and crawlspaces with no additional ignition barrier. Read more

Keyed Entry Lock With Built-in Alarm Keyed Entry Lock With Built-in Alarm

Schlage’s Keyed Entry Lock With Built-in Alarm offers a lower-cost alternative to hard-wired security systems. Read more

Solar Roofing Solar Roofing

Apollo is a low-profile photovoltaic array that can be installed along with the shingles by a certified roofing contractor. Read more

Prestige Excellence Combination Boiler Prestige Excellence Combination Boiler

The Prestige Excellence Combination Boiler provides 110,000 Btu per hour for space heating and a 14-gallon indirect water heater that delivers up to 180 gallons per hour of domestic hot water. Read more

Toolbox
Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Jigsaw Toolbox Milwaukee M12 12-Volt Jigsaw

Milwaukee M12 12-volt jigsaw Read more

Toolbits
Soft Storage Tool Bags Soft Storage Tool Bags

Lenox says its new Soft Storage Tool Bags can stand up to any kind of job-site abuse. Read more

Striker Drywall Talon Striker Drywall Talon

The Striker Drywall Talon is designed to lighten the load for drywall hangers. Read more

Drywall Picker-Upper Drywall Picker-Upper

There's no shortage of devices out there that can be used to lever a sheet of drywall into position using foot pressure, but the most effective one I've found is Marshalltown's Panel Lifter. Read more

EasyClean Automatic Taper EasyClean Automatic Taper

Ames' latest Bazooka taping tool is the EasyClean Automatic Taper, which is lighter and more ergonomic than previous versions. Read more

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