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Features

Letters

  • Letters

    Lead-paint regulations; ice dams revisited

     

News

  • JLC Report

    Big builders push for energy-efficiency initiative; remodeling shows signs of rebound; San Francisco battles sewer sludge; more

     

Q&A

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    Capping a Chimney Chase

    Q: I have to build a framed chase for a gas fireplace's 6-inch vent pipe. What's the best way to finish the top of the chase? I had planned to use a metal cap, but I've noticed that a lot of these caps tend to be rusted.

     
  • Which Window Area Ratio Is Better?

    Q: I've seen window glazing area recommendations for energy-efficient houses stated in two ways: as a percentage of conditioned square footage and as a percentage of exterior wall area. Which is most useful, and why?

     
  • How Far Can SIPs Be Cantilevered?

    Q: When building with structural insulated roof panels, how far is it safe to cantilever (or project) the ends of a panel past the top plates? I like the idea of creating a protective overhang for the siding and windows.

     

On the Job

Business

Products

  • Elegant Accessibility

    At first glance you can't tell that the Elevance Rising Wall Bath is a walk-in tub.

     
  • Insulated Framing

    Weyerhaeuser has introduced a line of framing material designed to reduce thermal bridging.

     
  • Low-Impact House Wash

    Pressure-washing is fast and effective, but it can also be destructive.

     
  • A Greener Garage

    Eighty-eight percent of Overhead Door's EcoBuilt Garage Door Panel is derived from recycled Douglas fir, says the company, and the rest is a combination of exterior-grade resins and wax.

     
  • Stylin' Slider

    The Skyline Series Enclosure features 3/8-inch-thick glass, recessed finger pulls, and - best of all - no metal surroundings.

     
  • Fine Grain

    Many steel-framed garage doors look like wood only from a distance.

     
  • Prefab Arches

    Want to avoid the hassle of fabricating curved framing on site? Consider sending the plans to Custom-Arch and letting someone else do the work.

     
  • From Toilets to Tile

    Fireclay Tile's Debris Series Recycled Tile is made from 70 percent recycled matter, most of it porcelain bathroom fixtures that otherwise would have ended up in a landfill, the company says.

     
  • Custom Shower Control

    Moen’s ioDigital vertical spa features a 7-inch-diameter rainshower, four body sprays, and an electronic control pad that allows up to four users to preset their preferred water temperature, flow rate, and spray pattern.

     
  • Trouble-Free Tile

    Though intended for the DIY market, Bondera TileMatSet could be a real time-saver for kitchen and bath remodelers too.

     

Toolbox

Toolbits

  • Adjustable Level

    The Plumb Perfect Level features end gauges that can be dialed in or out to compensate for imperfect framing (or to establish a slope).

     
  • Easy-Plunge Recip Blade

    The Spyder Bore-Blade looks more like a miniature chain saw than a typical reciprocating saw blade.

     
  • Patriotic Lead

    As a Syracuse University basketball fan, I insist that all of my lead cords be orange.

     
  • Precision Countersink

    ecause the Smart-Bit predrilling and countersinking tool is designed to perfectly match the shape, head diameter, and head angle of popular screws used for deck building and woodworking, it won't produce mushrooming when used with composites, says the maker.

     

Backfill

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    From Steel to Wood in a Day

    As the owners of a San Clemente, Calif., specialty painting company called Rags 2 Rich's, husband-and-wife team Rich Howe and Cindy Miller do a wide range of faux-finish work, including convincing renderings of masonry, plaster, and marble.