May 2015 Table of Contents

Features
Installing Engineered Siding Installing Engineered Siding

Working efficiently ensures durability and profitability. Read more

Weather Barrier Update: Good, Better, and Best Weather Barrier Update: Good, Better, and Best

Choose the right WRB and use it with a rainscreen. Read more

Letters
Letters May 2015 Letters

Smoothing attic cellulose; fire-rated steel- and wood-framed walls; required offset for wood roof shingles; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A Proper Width of Window Flashing Tape

It can be tricky to determine a minimum width when the window manufacturer refers to the code or the flashing-tape instructions, and the flashing-tape instructions and the code both refer you back to the window manufacturer or flashing-tape instructions. Read more

Q&A Painting Sequence for Room Interiors

Always do the baseboard last and take care to cut in tight, straight lines. Read more

On the Job
Repairing and Replacing Sheet Siding On the Job Repairing and Replacing Sheet Siding

Minor cracks can be caulked and repainted, but sometimes the best solution is to remove old panels and replace them with new ones, taking care not to repeat mistakes made by the previous installer. Read more

Business
Sales: Effective Questioning Business Sales: Effective Questioning

Using a questioning strategy to narrow down the project's budget will help you close more sales. Read more

Price the Job Right, Starting With Overhead Business Price the Job Right, Starting With Overhead

At the end of the day, when you finish producing work, you need to have enough dollars left to cover overhead. Read more

Energy
Working With Thick Layers of Exterior Insulation Energy Working With Thick Layers of Exterior Insulation

JLC editor Clayton DeKorne reviews the latest Department of Energy guidelines on using rigid foam insulation. Read more

Products
Laticrete Plasma Grout Resists Mildew and Color Change Laticrete Plasma Grout Resists Mildew and Color Change

New formulation stabilizes the color and moisture resistance for improved performance Read more

Pentair Virtual Water Assistant Helps You Mind Your Sump Pump Pentair Virtual Water Assistant Helps You Mind Your Sump Pump

Homeowners and their plumbers can receive alerts when the home's water management system needs attention Read more

StoneBreaker MasterSmith Gloves Have Features You'll Want to Wear StoneBreaker MasterSmith Gloves Have Features You'll Want to Wear

A tight fit, flexibility, and plenty of protection make these gloves a help on the jobsite, not a hinderance Read more

LJ Smith IronPro Baluster Kit Makes Iron Retrofits Easy LJ Smith IronPro Baluster Kit Makes Iron Retrofits Easy

Specially designed hardware lets installers switch out wood balusters in favor of iron without removing the handrail Read more

Gerber Adds One-Piece Toilet to Wicker Park Suite Gerber Adds One-Piece Toilet to Wicker Park Suite

The sleek one-piece design complements the collection's architectural style Read more

Organized Living's Newest Accessories Reveal Home Organization Solutions

New functionality comes at an attractive price point that makes outfitting a closet easier Read more

Simpson Door Expands Availability of WaterBarrier Protection Simpson Door Expands Availability of WaterBarrier Protection

Layers of weather protection can now be added to virtually any exterior door the company offers Read more

WaterFurnace Debuts Symphony Web-Enabled Home Comfort Platform WaterFurnace Debuts Symphony Web-Enabled Home Comfort Platform

Adjust settings, view alerts, and monitor energy usage of your geothermal system from a tablet or smartphone Read more

HP Technology Shingles Help Roofers Save Money and Time HP Technology Shingles Help Roofers Save Money and Time

Fewer shingles per roof means fewer fasteners too, and less time per job Read more

Butler Mobility Dumbwaiter Offers Universal Design Solution Butler Mobility Dumbwaiter Offers Universal Design Solution

Dumbwaiters provide a smart solution to the challenge of bringing loads up and down stairs in universal design homes. Read more

Franke Stainless Steel Faucet Series Helps Save Water Franke Stainless Steel Faucet Series Helps Save Water

From prep faucets to pot fillers, the Steel Series brings style, functionality, and affordability together Read more

Toolbox
Brushless Cordless Angle Grinder Toolbox Brushless Cordless Angle Grinder

Can the Makita 18-volt XAG03 Angle Grinder truly replace a corded grinder on the jobsite? Read more

Senco 21-Gauge Pinner Toolbox Senco 21-Gauge Pinner

The new FinishPro 21LXP fires slight-head pins from 5/8 inch to 2 inches long and has a lock-out mechanism to prevent dry-firing. Read more

Versatile Inline Demo Hammer Versatile Inline Demo Hammer

The inline design and 25-pound weight of the Bosch DH1020VC are ideal for a variety of vertical and horizontal applications. Read more

Backfill
Lively Live-Edge Floor Backfill Lively Live-Edge Floor

The irregular edges of black walnut planks form a stunning pattern on this floor and stair. Read more

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