November 2015 Table of Contents

Features
Installing Prefinished Strip Flooring Installing Prefinished Strip Flooring

Skip the sanding but take more time for a careful install Read more

Major Surgery for a Failing Fat Wall Major Surgery for a Failing Fat Wall

The worst decades for building science weren’t in the 1800s; they were late 1970s through 1990s. Here’s one from the 80’s that’s getting a major overhaul. Read more

A Tiny But Roomy Bathroom A Tiny But Roomy Bathroom

Choosing the right products can make the most out of limited space. Read more

Letters
November 2015 Letters

Letters from readers Read more

Q&A
Concrete for an ICF Foundation Concrete for an ICF Foundation

ICF wall defects are usually caused by poor placement practices. But the right concrete mix can help. Read more

Pressure-Testing Exit Plumbing

Balanced ventilation minimizes areas of negative pressure that can contribute to sewer gases being drawn inside through an open sewer pipe. Read more

Texturing Over Yellowed Drywall

Depending on how bad it is, you may need to use a stain-blocking primer before and after applying your texture. Read more

On the Job
Wayland Passive House: The Airtight Insulated Shell Wayland Passive House: The Airtight Insulated Shell

JLC follows the action as the Auburndale Builders crew applies airtight taped fabric and exterior rock wool insulation to a Passive House under construction in Wayland, Massachusetts. Read more

Troubleshooting
Rethinking Window Flashing Rethinking Window Flashing

Flashing windows the "right way" requires three sets of instructions - for the flashing tape, the housewrap, and the window. Which set do you follow? How about none of them? Read more

Energy
Drain Pain: Furnace Condensate Proves Tricky to Manage Drain Pain: Furnace Condensate Proves Tricky to Manage

High-efficiency boilers, furnaces, and water heaters produce acidic water that can pose a disposal problem no matter how you handle it. Read more

Backfill
The Traveling Timber Frame The Traveling Timber Frame

When timber framer R. A. Krouse travels to a country fair, he brings along a barn. Read more

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