July 2014 Table of Contents

Features
Building a Passive House for the First Time Building a Passive House for the First Time

Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass. Read more

A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing A Craftsman-Style Newel and Railing

This unique newel and railing system was custom built on site from stock parts. Read more

Framing Over a Complex Foundation, Part II Framing Over a Complex Foundation, Part II

This follow-up article to "Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation" describes techniques for framing the first-floor deck. Read more

Letters
Letters JLC July Letters

Roofing with asphalt shingles, bias against vocational education, working with caulk guns. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Floor-System-Integrated Headers Q&A Q&A: Floor-System-Integrated Headers

What are the guidelines for letting rim joists act as headers in a wall system? Read more

Q&A Q&A: Backerboard vs. Plywood as Tile Substrate

If the plywood subfloor is already in place, what makes a better setting bed for a floor tile installation: backerboard underlayment or plywood underlayment? Read more

On the Job
Conventional Roof Framing: A Code's-Eye View On the Job Conventional Roof Framing: A Code's-Eye View

When it’s boiled down, there are essentially two standard methods of roof construction, each having some flexibility. We explore both. Read more

Working With Foam Subfloor Adhesive On the Job Working With Foam Subfloor Adhesive

The pros and cons of working with DAP SmartBond polyurethane subfloor adhesive, which goes on like foam sealant but collapses to a sticky gel. Read more

Business
Four Common Delusions Among Contractors Business Four Common Delusions Among Contractors

Contractors are often their own worst enemies. Here are four ways they make it harder for their businesses to succeed. Read more

Energy
Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck Energy Why 'Energy-Saving' Tips Suck

The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders. Read more

Products
OSI Quad Max Sealant Products OSI Quad Max Sealant

The new Quad Max formula offers strong adhesion to a wider variety of building materials as well as greater stretch than other sealants, the manufacturer says. Read more

Rheem Hybrid Electric Heat Pump Products Rheem Hybrid Electric Heat Pump

This Prestige Series water heater is the most efficient the company has offered to date. Read more

ZipWall ZipFast Multi-Pack Products ZipWall ZipFast Multi-Pack

A portable dust-wall-in-a-box, the pack includes seven reusable nylon panels that zip together on the jobsite. Read more

Versatex VC Stealth Window Trim Products Versatex VC Stealth Window Trim

Grooved to accept any siding product, without shims, this cellular PVC trim is available for remodeling and new construction. Read more

Trending Accessibility Fusion Shower Pan Products Trending Accessibility Fusion Shower Pan

This easy-to-install load-bearing glass-reinforced plastic pan is designed for use with curbless showers. Read more

Simpson Strong-Tie CPTZ Post Base Products Simpson Strong-Tie CPTZ Post Base

This stand-off base keeps the post the code-required 1 inch above the concrete, and can be cast in place or anchored to an existing slab. Read more

Sierra Premium Fiber-Cement Shakes From Nichiha Products Sierra Premium Fiber-Cement Shakes From Nichiha

Shakes are now available pre-primed or prefinished in one of three semi-transparent colors. Read more

Rinnai Vent-Free Fan Convector Products Rinnai Vent-Free Fan Convector

The convector uses an electronically controlled modulating burner and modulating fan convector to deliver just the right amount of heat. Read more

Task Lighting Angle Power Strip Products Task Lighting Angle Power Strip

This flexible strip fits neatly into any inside corner. It’s available in various lengths and can be customized with any combination of devices. Read more

Schluter Systems Ditra Heat System Products Schluter Systems Ditra Heat System

This radiant heating system provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer. Read more

Feeney DesignRail Cable Rail-Framing Kit Products Feeney DesignRail Cable Rail-Framing Kit

Kits come in 6-foot sections for installation between existing posts. Read more

Clopay Coordinating Garage and Entry Doors Products Clopay Coordinating Garage and Entry Doors

Clopay is offering coordinating doors with matching paint finishes, glass options, and panel designs. Read more

Toolbox
Senco FinishPro 23-Gauge Pinners Toolbox Senco FinishPro 23-Gauge Pinners

The 23SXP and the 23LXP pinners sport all the essential features and look durable. Check out our field test results to see how they fared. Read more

DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer Toolbox DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so. Read more

Backfill
Little House on the Sidewalk Backfill Little House on the Sidewalk

Taking portable toilets to a whole new level. Read more

Other Articles
Fixing Faulty Roof Framing Troubleshooting Fixing Faulty Roof Framing

A remodeler working on a master suite remodel that involves a cathedral ceiling explains how to identify and address faulty roof framing. Read more

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