August 2015 Table of Contents

Features
Detailing a Superinsulated Slab Detailing a Superinsulated Slab

A less-expensive and energy-efficient foundation for a house Read more

A Look at Traditional Trim Designs A Look at Traditional Trim Designs

Historic styles guide the trim details we use today Read more

Letters
Letters August 2015 Letters

Flue-top dampers; through-wall flashing for brick veneer; problems with wet cellulose; foam-cutting tip Read more

Q&A
Making a Fiberglass Shower Pan on Site Q&A Making a Fiberglass Shower Pan on Site

Water- and chemical-resistant materials designed for nautical use are less likely to crack from the normal structural movement of a house. Read more

Q&A Replacing a Patio's Brick Border

For best results, use the right kind of brick and the appropriate type of mortar. Read more

On the Job
Craftsman Porch Columns for an Island Home Craftsman Porch Columns for an Island Home

JLC visits a jobsite on Peaks Island, Maine, to see the crew trim out a front porch using modern techniques to achieve an old-school esthetic. Read more

Business
Markup and Margin Business Markup and Margin

Understanding margin will help you set accurate volume and markup goals. Read more

Troubleshooting
Finding the Source of a 'Roof Leak' Troubleshooting Finding the Source of a 'Roof Leak'

The winter had been a dry one, with little precipitation that could lead to ice dams, so where was the water coming from? Read more

Energy
Selling Remodeling With Energy Audits Energy Selling Remodeling With Energy Audits

Small weatherization jobs open the door to larger, custom remodeling projects. Read more

Products
Benjamin Obdyke Combines Two Moisture Managers in Slicker HP Benjamin Obdyke Combines Two Moisture Managers in Slicker HP

Get a water-resistive barrier and a rainscreen in this new housewrap Read more

Azek Reccommends Bonar Enkadrain 3801 for Rooftop Pavers Azek Reccommends Bonar Enkadrain 3801 for Rooftop Pavers

The Enkadrain 3801 mat is designed to effectively manage water drainage on flat roofs Read more

Easytrim Reveals Makes Fiber Cement Installation Easier Easytrim Reveals Makes Fiber Cement Installation Easier

Horizontal, vertical, and corner pieces create panels that manage water and are easy to install Read more

Kilz Adds 1- and 5-Gallon Hide-All Bucket Sizes Kilz Adds 1- and 5-Gallon Hide-All Bucket Sizes

Find Kilz Hide-All in New Quantities at Lowe's Read more

Nichiha Updates Installation with Ultimate Clip System Nichiha Updates Installation with Ultimate Clip System

A built-in rainscreen and fewer components simplify installation of Nichiha fiber cement panels Read more

Ryvyr Updates Kent Bathroom Collection Ryvyr Updates Kent Bathroom Collection

A refined design and addition of a wall-mount vanity refresh this popular transitional collection Read more

Schluter Systems Adds Cable Length Options to Ditra-Heat Schluter Systems Adds Cable Length Options to Ditra-Heat

Nearly three dozen cable lengths are now available to accommodate any size floor warming project Read more

Verona Appliances 36-inch All-Electric Range Verona Appliances 36-inch All-Electric Range

The brand calls this the first fully-electric 36-inch range on the market Read more

Weather Guard EZGlide2 Ladder Racks Move Smoothly

Specially designed operating hardware reduces torque needed to lower ladders to within easy reach Read more

Weather Shield Re-Launches Premium Coastal Line Weather Shield Re-Launches Premium Coastal Line

New Miami-Dade approval bolsters these impact-resistant windows and doors Read more

Prevent Cuts with Wells Lamont FlexTech Gloves Prevent Cuts with Wells Lamont FlexTech Gloves

Safety, grip, and comfort come together in these washable work gloves Read more

Finished Elegance Makes Quick Work of Interior Trim Finished Elegance Makes Quick Work of Interior Trim

No priming or painting is needed for this smooth material Read more

Toolbox
A Year in Batteries A Year in Batteries

Bigger packs, better chemistry, and improved electronics promise to boost the performance of existing tools while making it possible to introduce larger, more powerful tools. Read more

Self-Adjusting Pipe Wrench Self-Adjusting Pipe Wrench

A light compact wrench that is quick and easy to use Read more

TOOLS OF THE TRADE Quick-Shift Impact Driver

The Makita XDT09 has three speeds and automatically downshifts to prevent threads from stripping and fasteners from breaking. Read more

Backfill
Fix Those Old WIndows Backfill Fix Those Old WIndows

Steve Jordan's book, "The Window Sash Bible," will help you do it right. Read more

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