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Features

Letters

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    Letters

    Say no to snitching; SIP tip; insulation debate; beware online referral services; more

     

JLC Report

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    JLC Report

    Table-saw lawsuit rattles power-tool industry; NAHB challenges EPA over removal of opt-out provision in lead law; more

     

On the Job

Business

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    If Time Is Money, How Can I Control the Clock?

    Knowing how many jobs you need to complete and collect for on a monthly and quarterly basis is critical to meeting the financial goals you set for the period. But how do you know on a week-by-week — or even day-by-day — basis whether your jobs are moving you toward the goal line?

     

Products

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    Products

    Foam sealant; self-adhesive tile underlayment; geothermal heat pump; metal countertops; solar-powered exterior fixture; more

     
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    Cold-Applied Waterproofing

    Unlike waterproofing compounds that have to be heated in a kettle, Henry’s CM100 waterproofing is applied “cold” and cures in contact with moisture in the air.

     
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    Latex Foam

    Fill gaps around windows, doors, and plumbing penetrations with Daptex Plus latex foam sealant by Dap.

     
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    Package Deal

    Rheem’s SolPak solar hot-water heating package.

     
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    Breaking Rocks

    Skip the hard labor of feathers and wedges — and the waiting time of hydraulic cement — and split rocks and concrete with the Ezebreak Micro-Blaster II kit.

     
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    Heat Pump

    The Tranquility 27 Series geothermal heat pump is ClimateMaster’s latest and most efficient unit, with an EER rating of 27.

     
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    Quick Stick

    Grace Bondera self-adhesive tile underlayment lets you quickly install tile over a variety of finished surfaces, with no mortar or mastic.

     
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    Get the Edge

    American Bullnose Co. makes custom bullnose edge pieces that match your tile or stone exactly.

     
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    Hot Wired

    The high-efficiency DSZC16 ComfortNet heat pump by Goodman is performance-rated at 16 SEER for cooling and 9.5 HSPF for heating.

     
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    Top Concrete

    Increase your chances of fabricating a crack-free countertop surface by using a concrete formula made specifically for the job.

     
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    Commercial Appeal

    Add a custom touch to a kitchen with made-to-order stainless steel or copper countertops by Specialty Stainless, the residential division of Eskay Metal Fabricating.

     
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    Sliding Nuts

    Over time, as the wood in a structure shrinks, continuous-rod seismic hold-downs can loosen and become less effective. The RAS Nut by Ratcheting Anchor Systems moves with the structure to stay tight.

     
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    Solar Light

    Shed light anywhere on a property — without wiring — with Larson Electronics’ solar-powered Magnalight SPLED-5 exterior fixture.

     

Toolbox

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    Paslode PF150S-PP Hardware Nailer

    I have used or owned most of the metal-connector nailers on the market, so when I heard that Paslode was introducing a new, smaller Positive Placement tool, I was eager to try it.

     

Toolbits

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    Plasma-Screen Windows

    Computer engineer and part-time carpenter Ryan Hoagland, has developed a system for configuring one or more high-definition plasma TVs as a remarkably convincing substitute for conventional windows.