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Features

  • Fixing a Botched Stucco Job

    Late last year, a couple called me about some leaking windows on the back of their 5-year-old stucco house. My company hadn't built the home; it was part of a tract development in Southeastern Pennsylvania thrown up during the recent housing boom.

     
  • Stain-Grade Finishing On Site

    Use premium materials and a methodical approach to achieve a cabinet-grade finish.

     
  • Builder's Guide to Windows

    There are more than 100 million homes and approximately 20 billion square feet of clear-glass residential windows in the U.S. Most of those homes are more than 30 years old, and as a result, the market is growing for replacement windows with energy-efficient insulating glass.

     
  • Hanging Heavy Doors

    As the punch-list guy for a high-end builder in Osterville, Mass., I end up installing plenty of top-quality solid-core doors. These doors are at least 1 3/4 inches thick and weigh 100 pounds or more, so I have to work smart.

     
  • Reroofing With EPDM Rubber

    Roll roofing was the wrong material for the flat roof under this second-story deck.

     

Letters

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    Letters

    Oldie but goodie; combo condo question; chimney-cap follow-up

     

News

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    JLC Report

    Concerns about spray foam; passive-house rift; deck failures; and more

     

Q&A

On the Job

  • On the Job

    Sleek but strong handrail; backyard face-lift; easier winders

     

Products

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    Products

    Self-adhesive fire tape; condensing boiler; insulated skylights; minimalist receptacles; multipurpose toilet; affordable LEDs; wood tiles; dryer fan; more

     
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    Self-Adhesive Fire Tape

    Flame Fighter is a self-adhesive fire tape that needs no joint compound to make unfinished walls code-compliant.

     
  • Stainless Steel Heat Exchanger

    According to Triangle Tube, the Prestige Solo Condensing Boiler is one of the most efficient and environmentally friendly heating systems on the market.

     
  • Insulated Skylights

    Aerogel is an ultra-efficient translucent insulator that’s been used in commercial skylights since 2003.

     
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    Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive

    Armstrong’s S-289 Releasable Sheet Floor Adhesive is a water-based low-VOC formulation designed to make residential vinyl-backed flooring easier to install and repair.

     
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    Wall Accessories

    If you can’t stand the sight of cover plates, consider Bocci’s 22 Series Wall Accessories.

     
  • Floor Heat Cable

    WarmWire floor heat cable makes it easy to incorporate radiant heat into a kitchen or bath: You simply tape cable straps to each side of the subfloor, weave the cable between the straps, and cover with a cement-based or gypsum-based mortar.

     
  • Low-E Window Film

    Instead of replacing a sound single-pane window, consider adding Solar Gard Silver AG 50 Low-E Window Film.

     
  • Gray-Water Toilet

    The Profile Smart Toilet conserves space as well as water, says the manufacturer.

     
  • LED Replacement Bulbs

    Switch Bulb Co. says its new LED replacement bulbs combine the color and dimmability of incandescents with the efficiency and longevity of LEDs at an affordable price — $20 per bulb.

     
  • Hand-Cut Wood Mosaics

    Fortis Arbor Wood Mosaics are hand-cut from scraps of bamboo, teak, and rosewood left over from furniture-making.

     
  • Dryer Duct Booster

    With the Dryer Duct Booster you can set up a laundry room almost anywhere in the house without worrying about the length of the exhaust run or the number of bends.

     
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    Recycled Glass Tile

    Fireclay’s Crush 100% Recycled Glass Tile is made from raw waste glass that’s been crushed, reprocessed, and fired.

     

Toolbox

Toolbits

  • Tough Levels

    Though best-known for clamps and layout tools, Bora also makes a full line of spirit levels, which it says can take anything the job site dishes out.

     
  • Cloud-Free Grinding

    The DustBuddie is a clear plastic shroud that replaces the factory guard on most grinders and - when attached to an effective vacuum - captures 99 percent of the dust generated by grinding, says the maker.

     
  • 3-in-1 Laser

    Bosch's new GLM 80 laser features a unique "two-axis tilt sensor" that can determine the height of distant objects and perform straight-line measurements.

     
  • Rent-a-Sprayer

    Graco says its RentalPro Airless Paint Sprayers have been designed to stand up to the rigors of the rental market.

     

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