February 2014 Table of Contents

Features
Replacing a Wooden Gutter 

Replacing a Wooden Gutter

A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair. Read more

New Joists for an Old Floor New Joists for an Old Floor

The best remedy for a sagging out-of-level floor is putting in new LVL joists and engineered subfloor. Read more

Insulating Cathedral Ceilings Insulating Cathedral Ceilings

JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance. Read more

Soldering Seams

Regardless of the iron or tip used, soldering requires some prep work. Make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a sharp point. Read more

Q & A
Wiring and Drywall Q&A Wiring and Drywall

Andy Hannan explains how to make sure that wire ends up where it’s supposed to be after drywall installation. Read more

Q&A Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

Myron Ferguson explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat. Read more

Landings for Deck Stairs Q&A Landings for Deck Stairs

Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Octagon Ceiling On the Job: Octagon Ceiling

Framing an octagonal vaulted ceiling. Read more

Business
Bring Your Own Device Business Bring Your Own Device

BYOD is nothing new, but the potential effects on businesses are changing fast. Learn more about this trend that favors the smartphone over traditional hardware on the job site. Read more

Energy
To Improve the Energy Performance of Walls, Look at Total R-Value Energy To Improve the Energy Performance of Walls, Look at Total R-Value

Today’s builders are learning to mitigate thermal bridging by using alternative framing techniques, continuous exterior rigid foam products, or both. Read more

Products
Smith and Fong Plyboo Dimensional Lumber Products Smith and Fong Plyboo Dimensional Lumber

Add a bamboo accent or match a bamboo floor with this interior-grade product Read more

Owens Corning Propink EcoTouch R-20 Insulation Products Owens Corning Propink EcoTouch R-20 Insulation

New energy codes are calling for higher R-values in the walls Read more

Gerber Ultra Flush Toilets Products Gerber Ultra Flush Toilets

Compressed air gives every flush a boost for a top MaP score Read more

Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater Products Rinnai Hybrid Tank-Tankless Water Heater

More hot water without remodeling the plumbing Read more

Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths Products Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths

Presoaked cloths simplify small staining jobs Read more

LE Johnson Sliding Multi-Pass and By-Pass Pocket Door Hardware Products LE Johnson Sliding Multi-Pass and By-Pass Pocket Door Hardware

J-shaped guides replace the usual recessed floor track Read more

Armstrong Alterna Engineered Stone Tiles Products Armstrong Alterna Engineered Stone Tiles

Tiles are made from a crushed-limestone composite Read more

Tapco InSpire Aledora Roofing Tiles Products Tapco InSpire Aledora Roofing Tiles

They look like slate but weigh a lot less Read more

DuPont ThermaWrap R5.0 Products DuPont ThermaWrap R5.0

Polyester-lined Tyvek provides R-5 insulation Read more

Broan HRVs and ERVs Products Broan HRVs and ERVs

HEPA filtration removes most airborne bacteria and viruses Read more

Briggs and Stratton 25-kW Liquid Cooled Standby Generator Products Briggs and Stratton 25-kW Liquid Cooled Standby Generator

An automotive-style engine can power two air conditioners along with other essential circuits Read more

Wolf Designer Cabinets Products Wolf Designer Cabinets

Dozens of styles, hundreds of finishes, and custom sizes are available Read more

Toolbox
Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver Toolbox Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver

The Dimpler works with your existing corded or cordless drill, giving you most of the benefits of a dedicated screw gun at a fraction of the cost. Read more

Talking Telehanders Toolbox Talking Telehanders

Telehandlers resemble forklifts, but they have a telescoping boom for far more versatility. Read more

Werner Aluminum Pump-Jack System Toolbox Werner Aluminum Pump-Jack System

The aluminum jacks in this pump-jack system ride on structural aluminum poles instead of doubled 2x4s, eliminating the experience of scary rides down the poles. Read more

New FatMax Tools Toolbox New FatMax Tools

Stanley has introduced several innovative hand tools lately, including the FatMax 17-ounce Anti-Vibe Framing Hammer and 25-foot Auto-Locking Tape Rule. Read more

Other Articles
The Case of the Sobbing Siding Troubleshooting The Case of the Sobbing Siding

On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough Read more

Helical Pile Foundations From the Forums Helical Pile Foundations

Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in this thread from 2012. Read more

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