September 2013 Table of Contents

Features
Modular Tool Organizers Modular Tool Organizers

Tool organizers from Festool, DeWalt, and Bosch. Choose which system best fits your needs depending on work style, budget, and level of customization. Read more

Framing a Hip Roof Framing a Hip Roof

For a perfect fit, pay attention to how the roof will be stacked when calculating lengths and laying out cuts. Read more

Q&A
Replacing a Ceiling Fan-Light With a Regular Light Fixture Replacing a Ceiling Fan-Light With a Regular Light Fixture

Tips for getting the wiring right for a new light fixture. Read more

Q&A Bad Odor in HVAC System

That bad smell coming from your customer's A/C might be from construction dust that got onto the coils and condensate pan. Read more

Field-Applied Preservatives in a Flood Zone

Is there any preservative treatment that can be applied in the field to non-treated wood in a flood zone? Read more

On The Job
Working With Composition Ornament On the Job Working With Composition Ornament

Time-tested, inexpensive, and easy to apply, composition ornament is a handy way to add richness and detail to your work. Read more

Business
Business Sales Agreement Specifics

There’s always the possibly of incurring liability because of something your sales rep said during the sales presentation. One way to limit that possibility, construction lawyer Patrick C. Barthet says, is to have the right sales agreement in place, with appropriate disclaimer language. Read more

Energy
IECC/IRC Code Conflict Regardign House Depressurization Energy IECC/IRC Code Conflict Regardign House Depressurization

If you air seal to meet 2012 International Energy Conservation Code requirements, be aware that natural-draft gas appliances installed in these homes could cause a potential hazard due to depressurization. Here's why. Read more

Products
Kohler Levity Shower Door Products Kohler Levity Shower Door

With metal trim that can be trimmed on-site to fit the opening, this shower door from Kohler is designed to be installed by the remodeler. Read more

TotalFlash Cavity Wall Drainage Solution Products TotalFlash Cavity Wall Drainage Solution

This prefab cavity wall drain provides a complete flashing system in an easy-to-install panel for masonry cavity walls. Read more

Shurtape DC 181 HVAC Sealing Tape Products Shurtape DC 181 HVAC Sealing Tape

A new solution for sealing flex duct connections, DC 181 is a film tape that's UL 181B-FX listed, helping to make every job code-complaint. Read more

The Galley Sink for Indoors or Outdoors Products The Galley Sink for Indoors or Outdoors

The Galley Sink offers a stainless steel sink that can be accessorized with a range of sliding cutting boards, bowls, and other features to meet the needs of any cook. Read more

Advanced Repair Technology Flex-Tec HV Epoxy Products Advanced Repair Technology Flex-Tec HV Epoxy

Flex-Tec HV epoxy is designed for strength and flexibility, offering modeling and tooling properties that make it handy for repairing natural wood and other materials. Read more

Weather Shield Premium Series Hinged Patio Doors Products Weather Shield Premium Series Hinged Patio Doors

Weather Shield’s new Premium Series hinged patio door is traditionally designed with simulated divided lite low-E glass and oil-rubbed bronze multi-point locks. Read more

Zola Windows PanoramicView Aluminum-Clad Sliding Doors Products Zola Windows PanoramicView Aluminum-Clad Sliding Doors

The PanoramicView series from Zola Windows offers easy operation and durability with reduced frame thickness. Read more

Award Hardwood Floors Eco-Strand Engineered Flooring Products Award Hardwood Floors Eco-Strand Engineered Flooring

Eco-Strand three-ply engineered flooring is made with whole small-diameter Aspen trees, which rapidly renew. A sawn-cut veneer creates a distinct wood grain top layer. Read more

Rhino Linings Trowel-Top Coating Products Rhino Linings Trowel-Top Coating

Trowel-Top is designed for concrete resurfacing and repair and is simply troweled over existing concrete to create a smooth finish prior to applying stains or dyes. Read more

EcoCycleSolutions CanCoverIt for Can Lights Products EcoCycleSolutions CanCoverIt for Can Lights

Developed specifically for covering recessed can lights, CanCoverIt is designed to be easy to transport and not require any assembly. Read more

Universal Forest Products Abaco Decking Products Universal Forest Products Abaco Decking

Abaco, a tight-grained hardwood comparable to ipe, offers another decking option for homeowners who want to use wood. Read more

Toolbox
Toolbox Pam Tite Hot-Melt Adhesive System

Bill Robinson reviews the HB 220 industrial glue gun and Pam Tite thermoplastic adhesives. Read more

Collomix Xo 1 Hand-Held Mixer Toolbox Collomix Xo 1 Hand-Held Mixer

This easy-to-use mixer is handy for a wide range of mixing jobs from paint and plaster to adhesives, ready-mixed mortar, and other coatings. Read more

Book: Understanding Wood Toolbox Book: Understanding Wood

This Taunton Press book is an invaluable reference packed with information about working with wood. Read more

Ladder Safety App Product Ladder Safety App

This free app from the National Institute for Occupational Safety and Health offers a handy way to determine ladder angles to ensure safety. Read more

Festool Track Saw Recall Toolbox Festool Track Saw Recall

Festool is recalling its TS 55 REQ Cut Track Saw due to a potential problem with the saw's plunge mechanism. Read more

Backfill
R. Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome Home Backfill R. Buckminster Fuller's Geodesic Dome Home

Buckminster Fuller popularized the geodesic dome. He even lived in one himself. But although Bucky's dome home has many things to commend it, being watertight is not one of them. Read more

Other Articles
Mysterious Leak in Roof Membrane on a 'Butterfly Roof' Troubleshooting Mysterious Leak in Roof Membrane on a 'Butterfly Roof'

In solving the mystery of an ongoing but elusive leak in a Colorado roof, Steve Clisset sees how a tiny leak can cause major problems. Read more

Connected Contractor Business Management Via Smartphone

Joe Stoddard offers tips and app suggestions so you can effectively manage your business using your smartphone or tablet. Read more

CloudMagic App Connected Contractor CloudMagic App

Looking for a single gateway to all your company's data? The CloudMagic app lets you view, search, and act on your data--email, contacts, files, calendar, etc.--scattered across various services from multiple devices. Read more

Business Making the Transition From Field to Office

Experts Melanie Hodgdon and Tim Faller offer tips on how to make this transition as smoothly and effectively as possible. Read more

Business What Are the Rules for Paid Lunch Periods and Short Breaks?

Human resources consultant Douglas Delp offers guidance for determining whether you're required to pay employees during their short breaks and lunch times. Read more

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