May 2014 Table of Contents

Features
Roofing With Asphalt Shingles Best Practices Roofing With Asphalt Shingles

More than 80% of U.S. homes have asphalt shingle roofs, and though easy to install, you still need to do it right. These details and best practices will help ensure a durable roof. Read more

A Drywaller’s Approach to Air Sealing Homes A Drywaller’s Approach to Air Sealing Homes

Air leaks through the building shell can have a significant effect on a home’s durability, energy use, and indoor air quality. Myron Ferguson explains how drywall can be an important part of the air barrier of an enclosure. Read more

Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation

When it comes to laying out a complex foundation, attention to detail makes the rest of the house easier to frame. Read more

Letters
Letters JLC May Letters

Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training. Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Creating a Non-Combustible Wall Behind a Gas Stove

What's the best way to create a non-combustible surface behind a gas stove in a living room? Read more

Q&A: Retrofitting a Walk-Out Basement Q&A Q&A: Retrofitting a Walk-Out Basement

How do you protect the footing and foundation from frost in a very cold climate that has a doorway in the foundation for a walk out? Read more

On the Job
Rock Breaking With Micro Blaster On the Job Rock Breaking With Micro Blaster

The Micro-Blaster system is inexpensive, easy to use, and requires no license or special training. Timm Schleiff explains. Read more

Building Structural Brackets for a Balcony Deck On the Job Building Structural Brackets for a Balcony Deck

Specialty building components expert Mike Rand provides pointers on constructing structural brackets for a balcony deck. Read more

Business
Paid in Full?

What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment. Read more

How to Conduct a Job Start Review Business How to Conduct a Job Start Review

If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out. Read more

Energy
Heat Pumps for Cold Climates

Energy Heat Pumps for Cold Climates

Mini-split heat pumps were a major topic at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston this year. Ted Cushman explains why and how these mini-splits shine in cold climates. Read more

Products
Thermador MicroDrawer Microwave Product Thermador MicroDrawer Microwave

The MicroDrawer microwave has 1.2-cubic-foot cavity space, the largest in the luxury segment, according to the company. Read more

QuickTie Anchor and Cable System Product QuickTie Anchor and Cable System

QuickTie is an anchor-and-cable system for use in seismic areas or where builders have to meet a 90-mph wind code. Read more

USP Two-Part Anchoring Epoxies Product USP Two-Part Anchoring Epoxies

Designed for embedding rebar or threaded rod into masonry, USP’s two-part epoxies include targeted formulas for nearly every jobsite condition. Read more

Bollenta Cos. TruTankless Electric Water Heater Product Bollenta Cos. TruTankless Electric Water Heater

The TruTankless water heater squeezes 24 feet of heating element into a briefcase-size housing, so it can heat water at relatively low element temperatures. Read more

ODL Brisa Retractable Screen Door Product ODL Brisa Retractable Screen Door

The Brisa “screen door” is actually a retractable screen housed in an aluminum frame. The frame attaches to a brickmold door casing in 30 minutes. Read more

Concrete Lumber Co. Posts, Beams, Joists, and Decking Product Concrete Lumber Co. Posts, Beams, Joists, and Decking

Half the weight of standard concrete by volume and able to flex like wood without cracking, Concrete Lumber components are made from a patented lightweight concrete reinforced with pre-stressed wire. Read more

GlassCraft LVL Plank-Style Doors Product GlassCraft LVL Plank-Style Doors

The laminated veneer lumber cores in GlassCraft’s plank-style doors should make them resistant to cracking and warping. Read more

Glideware Sliding Pot Rack Product Glideware Sliding Pot Rack

This sliding maple rack with zinc hooks fits into a standard-depth base cabinet and extends fully into the workspace, making it easier to access pots and pans than from a drawer. Read more

Kohler Tailored Vanity Collection Product Kohler Tailored Vanity Collection

With hundreds of drawer/door configurations, hardware pieces, organizational accessories, and finishes, the Tailored Vanity collection makes it easier to give clients what they want. Read more

Bosch 30-inch Benchmark Convection Wall Oven Product Bosch 30-inch Benchmark Convection Wall Oven

The Benchmark convection wall oven includes optional side-opening doors, dampened hinges, a built-in meat thermometer, and an “EcoChef” feature that saves energy. Read more

ClearMirror Fogless Shower Mirror Product ClearMirror Fogless Shower Mirror

A low-voltage heating pad on the back of the ShowerLite bathroom mirror warms the glass, eliminating fog. Read more

Product Boral Concrete Roof Tile Rated Class 4

Boral's roof tile is designed to withstand hail balls of up to 2 inches in diameter at an impact speed of up to 70 mph. Read more

Toolbox
Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun Toolbox Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun

See how the new 18-volt Senco DS215-18V autofeed screw gun fared in our field-testing. Read more

Bullet Centerfire Foam-Cutting Saw Blades Toolbox Bullet Centerfire Foam-Cutting Saw Blades

Carbon steel Centerfire circular saw blades have a knife edge rather than saw teeth and are specifically designed to make smooth cuts in foam panels and insulating concrete forms. Read more

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall Toolbox Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall

The M18 Fuel is the first cordless recip saw with a brushless motor from Milwaukee. See how it measures up in terms of speed, power, and runtime. Read more

Backfill
Song of the Saw--the Other Life of the Full-Size Hand Saw Backfill Song of the Saw--the Other Life of the Full-Size Hand Saw

Full-size handsaws, once indispensable to the day-to-day business of cutting lumber to size, are seldom seen on modern jobsites. But they have another, equally traditional use that persists today: as musical instruments. Read more

Other Articles
Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows On the Job Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows

Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges. Read more

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