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On the Job

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    On the Job

    Installing a flush flitch-plate beam; rotproof brackets

  • Installing a Flush Flitch-Plate Beam

    A small construction company builds a lot of bump-outs and similar additions. Find out one of the biggest challenges on this project.

  • Rotproof Brackets

    What to do when wooden brackets have seen better days.



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    Bendable trim; burn-resistant sheathing; color-coded spackling; fastener-free hardwood flooring; lightweight drywall; pullout microwave; more

  • Bendable Trim

    Polymer-based Flex Trim radius moldings generally cost one-third as much as comparable custom-made curved wood moldings and is immune to damage by salt, moisture and extreme temperatures.

  • Safer Sheathing

    The company that invented OSB sheathing now offers a version it says is nearly three times more burn-resistant than a conventional wood panel.

  • Color-Coded Spackling

    DAP DryDex Spackling is a fast-drying product that features a colorful “dry time indicator.”

  • Superior Staircase Protection

    Placing a drop cloth on stairs requires constant vigilance. With the Flex & Form Conformable Staircase Runner, you can lay down some protection and then forget about it.

  • Fastener-Free Hardwood Flooring

    Elastilon Self-Adhesive Underlay Membrane promises to make installing a solid hardwood floor as easy as a laminate job.

  • No-Mess Corner Bead

    Nonmetal corner beads are crack-resistant and easy to put on, but they’re also messy. The inside of Hydrotrim corners are already coated with a water-based adhesive, so they need only water.

  • Joist Hanger Thumb-Saver

    Years ago, a black-and-blue thumb was the mark of all carpenters; now it’s the sign of someone who installs framing connectors.

  • Visible Comfort

    Looking for a cooler way to work, the GloWear 8289 Class-2 Economy T-Shirt is made from blended polyester, making it more breathable.

  • Diet Drywall

    Lightweight drywall sounds like an oxymoron. But USG says that its Sheetrock UltraLight Panels are up to 30 percent lighter than conventional 1/2-inch panels.

  • Plug-and-Play Speakers

    Eaton Corp. has created multiroom audio speakers that only requires a single cat-5 cable to connect with the audio/video source.

  • Pullout Microwave

    Viking’s Undercounter DrawerMicro Oven installs underneath a countertop or wall oven.

  • Pure Plywood

    Like lead and asbestos, formaldehyde was long considered an unpleasant but irreplaceable part of the building process. But this known carcinogen finally appears to be on its way out.



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    A Durable Truck Rack

    I navigated the first decade of my carpentry career without a lumber rack.