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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Using PEX in solar water heating; solar hot-water storage; hot-water recirculation; leak testing

     

News

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    In the News

    Improved energy efficiency in central air; California comp system criticized as harmful to workers; a rise in material prices; cordless-tool voltages ramp up; more

     

Q&A

  • Drip-Edge and Roofing Membranes

    Q. Drip-Edge and Roofing Membranes When using peel-and-stick roofing membranes, does it matter if the membrane goes under rather than over the metal drip edge at the eaves? In my work as a home inspector, I've noticed that these membranes get installed bo

     
  • Fasteners for ACQ Plates

    Q. Fasteners for ACQ Plates What type of gun nails should you use with ACQ plates and mudsills? Is it necessary to use stainless steel and then switch back to regular nails for regular lumber?

     
  • Sealers for Porch Floors

    Q. Sealers for Porch Floors We just installed a T&G fir floor on a covered porch that the customer plans to have painted in the spring. I would prefer to at least seal the wood against the weather until the painter has a chance to prime and top-coat the f

     

On the Job

Business

Kitchen & Bath

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    Kitchen & Bath

    Supporting a floating stone countertop; floor warmers; cabinets

     

Products

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    Products

    Gutters; water treatment; electrical devices

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Milwaukee's V28 tools; stepladders & accessories; hammers

     

Backfill

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    Very Old Growth

    Carpenters often lament the scarcity of old-growth wood, which they prize for its dimensional stability and natural rot resistance.