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Letters

  • Letters

    Confusion over shingle warranty; a cautionary note about low-flow toilets

     

News

  • JLC Report

    Massachusetts stretches for higher homeenergy scores; lack of energy-efficiency training impedes job growth; Energy Star tightens requirements for product certification; more

     

Q&A

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    How Should I Finish an Existing Basement Wall?

    I am about to start a basement remodel project in a cold climate. I plan to apply a waterproofing product to the inside of the basement wall, then stick a sheet of polyethylene directly to the basement wall over the waterproof coating. Once that is in place, I'll frame a 2x4 wood-frame wall on the...

     
  • Mold on Framing Lumber

    I occasionally receive framing lumber that has some mold on it. Will this mold continue to grow and cause rot once the wood is in the dry? Do I have to clean it off? I'm also concerned about customer perception.

     
  • Q&A: Fogging for Mold?

    Q: I've come across a product that was created to combat the anthrax spore and was later found to be effective against mold as well. It's fogged throughout the job for 24 hours, with no access allowed. The product is said to eradicate mold, not just put it in a dormant state. Does this work?

     

Business

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    Putting Social Media to Work

    Do you really need a “blog” for every house you start or a “Twitter feed” telling your prospects what you had for lunch? You just got your Web site up and running last year — isn’t that good enough?

     

Products

  • Efficient Lights

    Feit Electric’s Performance LED lamps come in many sizes and require only 10 percent of the energy needed by comparable incandescents, says the maker.

     
  • Flexible Strips

    With L.J. Smith’s Bending Landing Tread you can make a template and fabricate the pieces on site.

     
  • Better Grip

    The new Endurance series graspable handrail from Railing Dynamics mounts to many types of railing assemblies and is IBC-, IRC-, and ADA-compliant in spans up to 6 feet.

     
  • Easy Hand Shower

    Kohler’s Flipside hand shower offers four distinct spray patterns that are selected by simply pivoting the head into position; each spray uses a separate nozzle.

     
  • Fiberglass Frames

    Fiberglass windows are stronger than vinyl, insulate better than aluminum, and cost less than solid wood, say manufacturers.

     
  • Plastic Protection

    Co-extruded decking is made with a plastic shell, but Trex leaves the plastic off the bottom of Transcend boards so that moisture can escape and the surface can accept adhesives.

     
  • Modified Wood

    Titan Wood Limited’s Accoya pine lumber has been treated with a concentrated form of vinegar in a process called acetylation, which makes it inedible to insects and rot-causing microorganisms without adding toxins.

     
  • Extension Handles

    It can be tricky to fit window treatments on hinged glass doors because stock door handles may not provide enough clearance space, but RAK’s handle extensions are sized for cellular shades, blinds, and shutters.

     
  • Cap it Off

    Retro Treads are solid hardwood stair tread caps designed to cover existing treads that were originally carpeted.

     
  • Bendable Boards

    You can bend Cold-Bend hardwood boards without steaming, says the maker, because they were already steamed during manufacturing, then compressed in length, a process that “accordions” the long grain fibers and makes them flexible.

     
  • Just a Touch

    Delta’s Pilar Waterfall faucet turns on or off with a touch anywhere on its handle or spout.

     
  • Dirt Drive

    Adding PolyPavement soil solidifier to dirt creates a waterproof drivable surface, says the maker, providing a ready alternative to asphalt and concrete paths, drives, and parking areas.

     

Toolbox

Toolbits

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    Hitachi KC10DFL Subcompact Combo Kit

    When subcompact cordless tools have enough power for the job, they offer a significant size and weight advantage.

     
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    Bobcat M-Series Loaders

    Bobcat's M-Series loaders offer greater comfort than previous models, says the maker, with a more spacious cab and better seat suspension, along with improved visibility and noise protection for the operator.

     
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    Hilti TE 3000-AVR Electric Demolition Hammer

    Hilti just introduced its largest electric demolition hammer yet, the TE 3000-AVR.

     
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    Ridgid R92234 JobMax Combo Kit

    Ridgid's R92234 combo kit comes with a subcompact drill/driver and a new multi-attachment tool called the JobMax.

     

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