April 2015 Table of Contents

Framing a Supporting Valley Framing a Supporting Valley

The trick is keeping clean ceiling lines above a vaulted space. Read more

Work Truck Show Review Show Review Work Truck Show Review

Cool new gear from the Work Truck Show Read more

Retrofitting New Windows In An Older House – Part 1 Retrofitting New Windows In An Older House – Part 1

Replacing windows with new units in winter requires super-efficiency to limit the time the house is open. Read more

April 2015 Letters Letters April 2015 Letters

Step flashing; air-sealing; buried outlets; framing roofs; uneven insulation; sealed crawlspaces; window flashing; keeping flat-roof drains clear Read more

Q & A
Q&A Pervious-Concrete Benefits

Using pervious concrete on a driveway can reduce runoff and meet many stormwater-management requirements. But does it need maintenance to keep functioning? Read more

Curbless Shower Retrofit Q&A Curbless Shower Retrofit

Curbless showers continue to grow in popularity, for reasons of both aesthetics and accessibility. Retrofitting one in an existing home, however, may require dropping the floor. Read more

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

Careful detailing helps maintain the thermal break provided by the high-performance window, and flaring the sides of the 8-inch-deep window well allows plenty of light to reach inside. Read more

Sealing a South Carolina Crawlspace On the Job Sealing a South Carolina Crawlspace

Coastal Connection visits the job site with specialty contractor Energy One America to see a crew install a vapor barrier and perimeter insulation for a conditioned crawlspace. Read more

Estimating Spreadsheet Business Estimating Spreadsheet

A simple spreadsheet adjusts your estimates to account for economies of scale. Read more

Business Invoice2go Estimating App

Provide same-day estimates from your smartphone. Read more

Lessons in Building Science JLC Lessons in Building Science

Vapor diffusion gets a lot of air time, but it plays second fiddle to air leakage. Read more

Carpenter's Pencil Products Carpenter's Pencil

The SharpDraw pencil sharpens itself whenever the tip is drawn along a straightedge. Read more

Sensible Staging Products Sensible Staging

Setting up scaffolding with Smart Bracket Staging brackets and rails is fast and easy. Read more

Precast Concrete Footings Products Precast Concrete Footings

When you don't have time to wait for concrete to set up, try this interlocking stackable precast system from EZ Crete. Read more

Multi-point Door Lock Products Multi-point Door Lock

One handle releases all three deadbolts. Read more

Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System Products Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System

Western red cedar panels take the guesswork out of installing sidewall or roof shingles. Read more

Atlas Pinnacle Pristine Roof Shingles Products Atlas Pinnacle Pristine Roof Shingles

Copper granules incorporated in the shingles kill moss, algae, and mold every time it rains, keeping ugly streaks from forming. Read more

Simpliframe Interlocking Framing Products Simpliframe Interlocking Framing

Plastic parts snap together quickly to box a basement column. Read more

Laminated Framing Lumber (LFL) Products Laminated Framing Lumber (LFL)

Made from black spruce, LFL engineered lumber reportedly has a better fire rating than LVL. Read more

PCA Screen Door Products PCA Screen Door

Heavy-duty aluminum frames have an ingenious locking system to keep screens from being pushed out. Read more

Composite Decking, Porch Flooring, and Panels Products Composite Decking, Porch Flooring, and Panels

NyloBoard's products are made from recycled carpets, with no wood in the mix. Read more

Cable Hold-down Products Cable Hold-down

In addition to its system for resisting shear and uplift loads in framed walls, Quick Tie now offers one for block walls. Read more

Leica Laser Distance Meter Toolbox Leica Laser Distance Meter

The Leica Disto E7100i is simple, precise, and rugged. Read more

Nailer Hook Products Nailer Hook

The latest model of the Pneuhook universal quick-change hook for nailers is made of stainless steel. Read more

Skilsaw Sawsquatch 10-Inch Wormdrive Toolbox Skilsaw Sawsquatch 10-Inch Wormdrive

The large, powerful saw had no problem crosscutting or ripping 4-by lumber on site. Read more

Sliding Pole Backfill Sliding Pole

When taking the stairs is too pedestrian, use a firepole. Read more

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