November 2014 Table of Contents

Features
A Room for All Seasons A Room for All Seasons

Enclosing an old porch adds much-needed floor space. Read more

Lineup of Linear Shower Drains Lineup of Linear Shower Drains

An installer's look at a selection of current products Read more

Conditioning Homes Conditioning Homes

A recipe for eliminating interior callbacks Read more

Letters
Letters November 2014 Letters

Emailing proposals; strapping ceilings; caulking fiber-cement joints Read more

Q & A
The Best Way to Finish an Exterior Wooden Door

Exterior doors take a beating from both frequent use and the elements. Here's how to provide a lasting clear finish on an exterior door. Read more

Panned Bays Q&A Panned Bays

Is it OK to use a joist bay for a return-air plenum in an HVAC system? Read more

On the Job
Repairing Cracked Granite at Sink Cutouts On the Web Repairing Cracked Granite at Sink Cutouts

Water leaking from a faulty sink installation can ultimately cause a granite countertop to crack above the steel reinforcing rod. Here's how to fix it. Read more

Installing Windows in a Deep Wall On the Job Installing Windows in a Deep Wall

Double stud walls that allow for higher R-values of insulation create particular challenges for window installation. Read more

Business
Business Settling Construction Disputes

As a contractor, you have a 1 in 4 chance that a lawsuit will be filed against you. Read more

Estimating: From Yellow Pad to Excel Spreadsheet Business Estimating: From Yellow Pad to Excel Spreadsheet

As your business grows, you'll need to develop an estimating system that does more for you than simply getting you to a price. Read more

Energy
How Small Jobs Killed My Business Energy How Small Jobs Killed My Business

Chasing energy rebates takes the focus off solving problems and puts it on getting as much rebate with as little out of pocket as possible, resulting in small jobs and mediocre performance improvement. Read more

Products
Johnson Hardware Trackless Door Guides Products Johnson Hardware Trackless Door Guides

Allow for smoother transitions with trackless door guides on bypass and multi-pass doors. Read more

Mayhew Steel Products Nail Boss Products Mayhew Steel Products Nail Boss

Make jobsite deconstruction easier with this nail-removing air-hammer attachment. Read more

Emtek Liscio Electronic Keypad Leverset With Bluetooth Programming Products Emtek Liscio Electronic Keypad Leverset With Bluetooth Programming

This smartphone-activated entryset can accommodate multiple access codes. Read more

Progress Lighting Dazzle Collection Products Progress Lighting Dazzle Collection

Glass beads inside clear shades create a nostalgic effect. Read more

SnapPower SnapRays Guidelight Products SnapPower SnapRays Guidelight

Outlet cover plates use built-in LEDs to light the night. Read more

Senco Pneumatic Flooring Stapler Products Senco Pneumatic Flooring Stapler

Light-weight and ergonomically designed, this pneumatic stapler weighs just 11 pounds. Read more

In-O-Vate Low-Profile Dryer Wall Vent Products In-O-Vate Low-Profile Dryer Wall Vent

This quick-installing vent is designed for easy installation and low maintenance. Read more

RangeCraft Custom Rangehoods Products RangeCraft Custom Rangehoods

Using your choice of materials and finishes from its available options, RangeCraft can customize its kitchen rangehood designs for your projects. Read more

Super-Krete Concrete Boost Strengthening Additive Products Super-Krete Concrete Boost Strengthening Additive

According to Super-Krete, a bottle of Concrete Boost can help harden and waterproof concrete while strengthening it by up to 23%. Read more

Toolbox
Irwin Vise-Grip 8-Inch Max Leverage Diagonal Cutting Pliers Toolbox Irwin Vise-Grip 8-Inch Max Leverage Diagonal Cutting Pliers

If you make heavy cuts all day long, compound cut pliers are the way to go. Read more

DeWalt DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw Toolbox DeWalt DWE7491RS Jobsite Table Saw

This powerful, precise, and stable saw has a maximum rip capacity of 32 1/2 inches. Read more

Veto Cargo Tote Products Veto Cargo Tote

A durable polypropylene base protects the contents and holds the walls of the bag upright. Read more

Backfill
Stilts Beyond Drywall Backfill Stilts Beyond Drywall

Stilts have been—and continue to be—used for a wide range of purposes beyond hanging and finishing drywall. Read more

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