October 2014 Table of Contents

Features
Retrofitting an Oversize Door in Structural Brick Retrofitting an Oversize Door in Structural Brick

A row house gets a new, 900-pound, triple-glazed slider. Read more

Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation Strategy Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation Strategy

An update on current standards and how to meet them Read more

A Shop-Built Bay Window A Shop-Built Bay Window

A template simplifies the math for the hybrid frame. Read more

Letters
Letters October Letters

Installing kitchen cabinets in plane, misclassifying workers, Lowe's lumber-sizing lawsuit Read more

Q & A
Q&A Building Up Deck Posts From 2x6s

Instead of supporting decks with treated 6x6 posts, is it OK to assemble the support columns using four treated 2x6s? Read more

Q&A Pigtails for Switches?

Is there any advantage to wiring switches with pigtails? Read more

Q&A Treat or Replace Pet-Stained Subfloor?

Should subflooring that has been stained with dog urine be torn out and replaced before a new hardwood floor is installed? Read more

On the Job
A Cabinet Becomes a Door On the Job A Cabinet Becomes a Door

The correct hinge and clever carpentry make a closet door disappear into the woodwork. Read more

Business
Business That's About the Size of It

Where does the Lowe's ruling on lumber labeling leave those of us in the construction industry? Read more

Business Telling Co-Workers About a Termination

Employers need to be careful not to give a terminated employee grounds for a defamation lawsuit. Read more

Tracking the Owner's Time Business Tracking the Owner's Time

You need to know what functions you perform before you can make informed hiring decisions. Read more

Energy
Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat Energy Solving for Comfort With a 'Smart' Thermostat

Tracking temperature, humidity, set point, and equipment runtime can uncover the causes behind client complaints. Read more

Products
Bellawood Flooring Bellawood Flooring

Oil-look matte styles join Bellawood's prefinished flooring line. Read more

Ragno Woodstyle Porcelain Tile Products Ragno Woodstyle Porcelain Tile

Available in four "species," these tiles mimic the look of wood. Read more

Bosch GLM 15 Laser Measurer Products Bosch GLM 15 Laser Measurer

For its small size, the GLM 15 can measure up to 50 feet with 1/8-inch accuracy. Read more

Bilco StakWel Egress Window Well Products Bilco StakWel Egress Window Well

Modular units stack together to accommodate a wide range of window depths. Read more

Huberwood Zip System Radiant Barrier Products Huberwood Zip System Radiant Barrier

These roof panels can help lower attic temperatures and protect against moisture. Read more

Milwaukee Pistol-Grip Impact Tools Products Milwaukee Pistol-Grip Impact Tools

A new impact driver and a new impact wrench are designed to reach fasteners in tight places. Read more

BuildClean Dust Control Products BuildClean Dust Control

This dust-control system pulls air through two filters at a rate of 36,000 cubic feet per hour. Read more

Gridscape Shower Door Collection Products Gridscape Shower Door Collection

These shower doors offer an anodized aluminum frame with an oil-rubbed bronze finish. Read more

Rapid Roll Portable Fencing Products Rapid Roll Portable Fencing

The system includes fencing, posts, and bases that fit together to create a protective barrier. Read more

Low-VOC Adhesive Products Low-VOC Adhesive

Latex-based Extreme Heavy Duty Construction Adhesive is gunnable in a wide range of temperatures. Read more

California Faucet ZeroDrain Products California Faucet ZeroDrain

Rather than the usual protruding stopper and lift rod, this drain has a "pop-down" design. Read more

Crystalline Series Pendant Light Fixtures Products Crystalline Series Pendant Light Fixtures

These colorful glass pendants are available in a choice of four geometric shapes. Read more

Toolbox
Bolt Locks by Strattec Security Toolbox Bolt Locks by Strattec Security

These bolt locks automatically program themselves to match the ignition keys of most vehicles. Read more

DeWalt High-Speed Chalk-Line Reel Toolbox DeWalt High-Speed Chalk-Line Reel

The manufacturer's lastest reel offers smoother winding and a 6:1 gear ratio that speeds line retrieval. Read more

Backfill
To the Lighthouse Backfill To the Lighthouse

It's not your typical summer-home renovation, but you can't beat the view. Read more

Other Articles
Preventing Shower Curb Problems Troubleshooting Preventing Shower Curb Problems

The key is meticulous waterproofing, even where you might not think it's necessary. Read more

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