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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    IRC sprinkler rule misinformed; rain screen for cement stone veneer; adequate drainage

     

News

  • In the News

    Chinese drywall investigated in Florida; West Virginia builder sued for installing fake radon systems; green building stats fall short; more

     

Q&A

  • Recycled Form Boards?

    Can concrete form boards be reused for framing, or does exposure to concrete weaken framing lumber?

     
  • Soundproofing Drainpipes

    Is there a way to dampen the sound of a PVC waste pipe, other than tearing out the plastic and installing cast iron?

     

Business

  • Getting Real About Energy Efficiency

    When it comes to the long-term energy performance of homes, there is little doubt — particularly after the recent spike in oil prices — that the marketplace is going to start expecting greater accountability and more sophisticated analysis.

     

Products

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    Products

    Tapered column wraps; wireless lighting control; touchpad deadbolt; vinyl siding with foam reinforcement; fiberglass columns; more

     

Toolbox

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    Milwaukee M12 Hackzall

    I've been using the Milwaukee 2420-22 Hackzall kit in my remodeling and deck-building business since late last summer.

     

Toolbits

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    Lee Valley Tools Veritas DX60 Low-Angle Block Plane

    Lee Valley's Veritas DX60 Low-Angle Block Plane has innovative features like a sliding mouth-adjustment plate fully enclosed within the tool's sole and tiny set screws to lock in the mouth adjustment and cutter alignment.

     
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    Kapro 303 Hole Marker

    The easiest way to avoid inaccurate measurements is to not measure at all.

     
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    Fein Turbo II Vacuum

    Fein has improved its portable vacuums — or 'dust extractors,' as the company calls them — by adding variable speed control and two extra casters (for a total of six).

     
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    Duo-Fast Paper Tape Framing Nails

    Collated strip nails for 20-degree full round-head framing nailers are typically held together by rigid plastic strips that can transform into mini projectiles and pile up underfoot like so many ball bearings.

     
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    Milwaukee Cordless Wet/Dry Vacuum

    Keeping a job site clean shouldn't slow you down.

     
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    Cooper Arrow Hart RhinoBoxes

    A centralized temporary supply box for power on a new construction site saves wiring time and improves worker safety.

     
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    Wixey WR 525 Remote Digital Readout

    There's a better way to measure bit height than balancing a ruler on end above the hole in your router table.

     
  • Oneida Dust Cobra

    Offering more lift than a dust collector and more airflow than a vacuum, Oneida's Dust Cobra can handle on-site dust collection and big cleanup jobs.

     

Backfill

  • Hidden Hatch

    Unwilling to sacrifice floor space to a standard stairwell in an already compact floor plan, architect Richard Morongell designed and built this custom hatch cover.