November 2013 Table of Contents

Features
Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door

Though it's impossible to seal every hole in an existing building to prevent air leaks, here's a procedure you can use to identify the worst leaks in order to tighten the home as cost-effectively as possible. Read more

Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair Tips for Building a Double Winder Stair

In building this double winder stair, remodeler Dave Holbrook used modular boxes to stack one tread and riser at a tim. Read more

Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation

A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls. Read more

Q&A
Q&A: Tips for Grouting Slate Tile Q&A Q&A: Tips for Grouting Slate Tile

Use these simple cleaning techniques when working with the textured surface of slate tile to make sure there is no haze left on the surface. Read more

Q&A: Outlet on Boxed Column Q&A Q&A: Outlet on Boxed Column

If you box in a Lally column in a finished basement, does code require that you install an outlet there? Read more

On The Job
Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway On the Job Replacing the Trim Around a Classic Doorway

Upgrading the trim on a vintage home such as this one gives an old doorway a new life. Read more

Business
Using Evernote to Manage Your Business Business Using Evernote to Manage Your Business

An introduction to the features of Evernote, a cloud-based application for storing, tagging, and retrieving text, images, audio, and other information on a computer or mobile device. Read more

App of the Month: Hello Business App of the Month: Hello

You can say goodbye to typing with this contact management app from Evernote, with it excellent text recognition. Read more

Options for Figuring Overtime Business Options for Figuring Overtime

When employees are paid different wage rates for different types of work, figuring overtime pay gets complicated. In this article, HR consultant Doug Delp explains employer options under the Fair Labor Standards Act. Read more

Legal
Legal Requirements for Filing a Lien

Attorney Patrick Barthet clarifies the requirements for filing a mechanic's lien based on a recent court case. Read more

Energy
Venting the Crawlspace Energy Venting the Crawlspace

Most crawlspaces are vented to the outdoors, but encapsulating the crawlspace has gained favor among builders of green and energy-efficient homes. But what do you do about the air down there? Read more

Products
Saniswift Gray Water Pumping System Product Saniswift Gray Water Pumping System

A Saniswift gray-water pump makes it easier to add plumbing fixtures to rooms with no below-floor drainage. Read more

Therma-Tru Decorative Impact Glass Lites Product Therma-Tru Decorative Impact Glass Lites

These side lites meet coastal code requirements and are able to withstand winds up to 195 mph. Read more

Siding Guide Product Siding Guide

LineBacker Siding Insulation provides a thermal break and its parallel ridges serve as guides for the installation of horizontal siding planks. Read more

Flexi Post Product Flexi Post

The Panorama Post supports topless glass guardrails at various angles. The powder-coated aluminum post comes in surface- and fascia-mount versions in eight standard and 180 custom colors. Read more

Field-Applied Flange Product Field-Applied Flange

Zip Flash is simple to install: Run a bead of caulk down the back, then staple it to the jamb. It comes in 84- and 98-inch lengths and a standard door needs 2 1/2 flanges. Read more

PVC Ceiling Product PVC Ceiling

Zip-Up Ceiling offers a quick way to finish a basement ceiling: Install trim around the perimeter, then infill with paintable PVC panels and hidden rails that can be unzipped later for cleaning and overhead access. Read more

Advanced Building Products Mortairvent Membrane Product Advanced Building Products Mortairvent Membrane

Suitable for all exterior siding applications, this rainscreen technology creates a drainage and ventilation cavity between the weather resistant barrier and the exterior wall. Read more

Rigid Rock Wool Products Rigid Rock Wool

Designed for use as exterior continuous insulation in rainscreen wall systems, Comfortboard CIS repels water but is breathable enough to allow outward wall drying. Read more

Rigid Roof Board Product Rigid Roof Board

A closed-cell EPS bonded to high-density polyisocyanurate cover board, InsulFoam’s HD Composite has a UL Class-A fire rating. Read more

Broan Nu-Tone Best WPD39M Series Outdoor Range Hood Product Broan Nu-Tone Best WPD39M Series Outdoor Range Hood

UL listed for use in damp locations, the Best WPD39M Series Range Hood is designed to be installed outdoors in a covered patio or lanai area. Read more

Maine Heritage Timber Reclaimed Wood Trim Product Maine Heritage Timber Reclaimed Wood Trim

Old-growth timber lost during logging operations a century ago gets a new lease on life as interior millwork. Read more

DAP Products No Clog Foam Product DAP Products No Clog Foam

The manufacturer claims you can reuse its Draftstop 812 polyurethane foam sealant up to 30 days after opening. Read more

Toolbox
Blaklader Bantam Kangaroo Vest Blaklader Bantam Kangaroo Vest

If you prefer to wear a tool vest rather than a toolbelt, check out this vest from Blaklader. Read more

DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App Toolbox DeWalt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App

JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator. Read more

Rethinking Amp-Hours Toolbox Rethinking Amp-Hours

Is the amp-hour rating of cordless-tool batteries strictly a measure of their capacity, or do bigger batteries offer more runtime and more power than their compact counterparts? Read more

Flexo PET Sleeve Toolbox Flexo PET Sleeve

Using Flexo's braided PET yarn sleeves, which come in various sizes and colors, is handy for preventing hoses from snagging and damaging your work. Read more

Cordless Heated Jackets From Bosch, DeWalt, and Milwaukee Cordless Heated Jackets From Bosch, DeWalt, and Milwaukee

From jackets to hoodies, there are now more options when it comes to staying warm on site. Read more

Backfill
Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range Backfill Home on the Pinecastle Jeep Range

When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents. Read more

Other Articles
From the Forums Gluing Laminate to Drywall

This thread from the JLC Forums starts with a question about what glues--other than contact cement--can be used in a tight spot behind cabinets to adhere a laminate backsplash. Read more

Damage From Roof Moss Damage From Roof Moss

That green growth on your roof might be causing expensive damage to many parts of your home. Read more

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