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Letters

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    Letters

    Tree roots and foundation cracks; code logic; mixing plastics; site-built arched trusses

     

In the News

  • In the News

    Energy Star raises the bar with tough new 2011 specs; asphalt roofing prices defy downturn; Pella scores high; more

     

Q&A

  • Floor Level of the Garage

    Q: Can the floor of an attached garage be at the same elevation as the floor of adjacent living space, or does there have to be a step down into the garage?

     
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    Nail Stains and Mahogany Decking

    Q: The mahogany decking we installed on a house last year has developed some dark staining around the stainless steel nail heads (see photo). The staining is worse on the front porch, which is covered, and not nearly as bad on the back deck, which receives full sun. Whats causing it?

     
  • How Safe is Spray-Foam Insulation?

    Q: I've heard that polyurethane spray-foam insulation may contain penta-BDE, a chemical that is called a "toxic flame retardant" by the EPA and has been banned in some states. How much of a risk does this chemical cause for the installer and the homeowner, and are there alternatives?

     
  • Using Nail Guns for Vinyl Windows

    Q: Is it okay to use pneumatic nailers to install vinyl windows, or would that void the manufacturers warranty?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Open valley flashing; cooler cabinet

     

Products

  • Manufactured Deck Railings

    A list of companies that offer deck-rail kits, plus links to their products

     
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    Products

    Toekick drawers; ductless cooktop exhaust; trimmable truss; low-profile smoke alarm; flexible cement board; light MDF; more

     

Toolbox

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    Paslode CS150 Cap Stapler

    A few years ago, I tested some of the new pneumatic cap staplers and cap nailers that had come on the market. Then Paslode introduced the CS150 cap stapler earlier this year, and I decided to try it out, too.

     

Toolbits

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    Bessey TSC4.516 Staircase Clamps

    Does the mere thought of your next stair job — all that tightening and loosening by hand of dozens of large clamps — have your carpal tunnel syndrome acting up?

     
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    Crown Heritage EasAlign Handrail Joiner

    Joining stair handrail sections requires painstaking fitting and fastening, but the EasAlign system by Crown Heritage can make the job easier.

     
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    M.Power Flat Lying Trammel Heads

    M.Power's Flat Lying Trammel Heads have a pivoting point for fine adjustment and come with pencil and knife attachments.

     
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    Bosch GTL3 Layout Laser

    Part of Bosch's new laser line, the GTL3 layout laser projects 90- and 45-degree lines on a floor or wall.

     
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    DeWalt DW030 Laser Distance Measurer

    Laser distance meters allow one person to quickly measure a space with the push of a button, and they make area and volume calculations too.

     
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    Ridgid 2-in-1 Close Quarters Autofeed Tubing Cutter

    Cutting tubing inside a wall or other tight spot usually requires a midget cutter and nimble fingers, but Ridgid's new 2-in-1 Close Quarters Autofeed tubing cutter takes the fingers out of the equation.

     
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    Micjosco Ceiling Saver Platform

    Increase your work area — and safety — in attics without floorboards by using The Ceiling Saver by Micjosco.

     
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    Hilti PR26 Green Laser Level

    According to Hilti, the new PR26 self-leveling rotating laser level's green beam is easier to see than the standard red.

     

Backfill

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    Flexible Trailer Storage

    Finish-carpenter Brian Campbell wanted to keep his tools organized in his work trailer and still be able to transport the occasional full load of cabinets. He took his cue from a slat-wall system, where shelves, brackets, and hangers can be freely inserted behind horizontal slats without fasteners.

     

Other Articles

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    Energy Tax Credits

    Roll over this interactive poster to see the requirements and deadlines for remodeling-related energy improvements and equipment. The information comes from Remodeling magazine’s coverage of the stimulus package.