No-Fuss Fire Tape. Flame Fighter is a self-adhesive fire tape that needs no joint compound to make unfinished walls code-compliant. The maker says it satisfies IRC requirements (Section R321.1) for one-hour fire-rated assemblies using wood or steel framing and meets Canadian standards for two-hour walls. The tape is meant for sealing tight joints (1„4 inch maximum) on wall surfaces only — it’s not rated for ceilings. A 250-foot roll (with a plastic applicator knife included) costs $23. EZ-Taping System, 800/721-8273, e-ztape.com
Efficient Comfort. According to Triangle Tube, the Prestige Solo Condensing Boiler is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly heating systems on the market. Its stainless steel heat exchanger operates at up to 96 percent efficiency, and when demand is low the boiler adjusts its firing rate to 25 percent of its rated input,...
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