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Letters

Q&A

  • Thermal Break for a Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: Is it possible to create a thermal break by fastening a layer of rigid foam to the underside of the joists before hanging the drywall?

     
  • Will UV Degrade Exposed PVC Plumbing?

    Q: Are exposed PVC drain lines underneath a seasonal home elevated on piers susceptible to UV damage? The pipes are exposed to direct sun for at least part of the day, especially when the sun is low. The structure is located in coastal North Carolina.

     
  • Drywall Control Joint

    Is there such a thing as a control joint for drywall?

     
  • Preventing Blockage in Homes With Low-Flow Fixtures

    Q: With low-flow toilets now required by code almost everywhere, are there steps builders and remodelers can take to prevent problems caused by waste becoming stranded in drain lines?

     

On the Job

Business

Products

  • Vinyl Replacement Windows

    Simonton says its Asure vinyl replacement windows let in more sunlight and less moisture.

     
  • Flexible Seal Roof Sealant

    Flexible Seal Roof Sealant fills cracks up to 1/4 inch wide and sticks firmly to steel, glass, aluminum, concrete, wood, brick, clay, tile, and asphalt - even in the rain, says the maker.

     
  • Prefinished Bulkhead

    Powder-coat finishes are more durable and chip-resistant than paint, so it was a smart move on Bilco's part to start offering a factory-applied polyester powder-coat finish as an option for its Classic Series steel basement doors.

     
  • Fiber-Cement Mounting Blocks

    SturdiMount preflashed fiber-cement mounting blocks provide a flat, leakproof base for light fixtures, receptacles, dryer vents, hose bins, gas lines, and other penetrations, says the maker.

     
  • Indulge Modern Instant Hot-Water Dispenser

    The Indulge Modern hot-water dispenser provides 200° filtered water instantly, says the maker, saving gallons of not-warm-enough water that otherwise may have been poured down the drain.

     
  • Faux Fir Doors

    According to the maker, the fiberglass entry doors look like they're made from old-growth fir but are more energy-efficient and less prone to cracking and warping than the real thing.

     
  • Discreet Aluminum Access Panel

    Although the F-1 Access Panel is made of high-grade welded aluminum, the door can be ordered with a drywall inlay that renders it all but invisible save for the metal edge and 1/16-inch reveal.

     
  • Pure Cold Single-Handle Faucet

    The downside of a single-handle faucet is that users can inadvertently mix in hot water when all they want is cold. The KWC Ava faucet has a fix for that.

     
  • ZipDoor Kit Dust Container

    If nothing but a doorway separates the work zone from living space, your safest best may be to install a ZipDoor Kit.

     
  • Propane-Powered Generator

    With a power output of just over 3,000 watts, the LP3250 Portable Generator would not be the right choice for a framing crew.

     
  • Coated I-Joists

    PKI Engineered I-Joists get their distinctive pink color from a nontoxic coating that the maker says resists fire, repels water, and prevents mold growth.

     
  • Steel Siding

    Bayside says its Metal Siding is less prone to expansion and contraction and more durable than wood or vinyl.

     

Toolbits

  • Insect Shield Repellent Work Wear

    Instead of coating your skin with irritating liquids, consider protecting yourself with Insect Shield Repellent Work Wear when you work outside.

     
  • SPP 500C Cordless Caulk Dispenser

    The SPP 500C Cordless Caulk Dispenser features a microprocessor-controlled variable-speed motor and all-metal gearing with a 1,300:1 gear ratio, so you can apply more caulk or adhesive with less effort, says the maker.

     
  • CG4X Framer Gloves

    The CG4X Framer is designed to protect the wearer's hand from abrasions and fatigue without interfering with dexterity.

     
  • Door-Bottom Brush

    The Painting Pal is a skinny brush that makes it possible to seal a bottom edge on a swinging door.

     

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