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Features

  • Hardware on European windows allow them to tilt in for ventilation.

    A Look Through European Windows

    A behind-the-scenes look at the materials and methods used in making high-performance tilt-and-turn windows.

     
  • Cost-Saving Insulated Foundations

    Reduced excavation and forming time make ICFs a cost-effective way to build a frost-protected slab-on-grade or crawlspace.

     
  • 18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws

    Cordless is convenient, but not if it sacrifices power and runtime. This tool test puts 10 cordless recip saws through their paces.

     

Letters

  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

     

Q&A

On the Job

  • My pencil fits right into the notch and is centered on the layout.

    Framing a Curved Staircase

    Tim Uhler frames a curved freestanding stair and finds that it isn't as difficult as he anticipated.

     
  • Drying Rack for Staining Shingles

    Finding a solid process for staining shingles can be tricky. Emanuel Silva explains how to build a lightweight rack that simplifies the task.

     

Business

  • Take the Discount

    Most lumberyards offer a discount for early payment. Don't let that 2% discount go to waste.

     
  • Nothing but Net

    Judging a company's profitability based on gross profit can be misleading. Your bottom line numbers are a better indicator of performance. Here's why.

     

Legal

Energy

  • Studying Moisture in Fat Walls

    Comparing the performance of a cellulose-insulated double wall against the same wall insulated with two different thicknesses of low-density open-cell spray foam.

     

Products

  • Trimmable Shear Panel

    A wood shear panel for large openings made from Timberstrand LSL, the product can be trimmed on site by the installer.

     
  • Decorative Vinyl

    Available in 10 standard colors, the faces of this decorative vinyl siding are molded with a cedar texture and other eye-catching details.

     
  • More Contemporary Doors

    Marvin’s newest window and door styles include doors with narrower stiles and rails, as well as more glass.

     
  • Four-Door Fridge

    The refrigerator offers rapid cooling and quick-freeze capabilities, humidity-controlled shelves, and 22 cubic feet of storage.

     
  • Storm-Proof Entry

    This multifunctional door has impact glass, multi-point locking hardware, and a stepped wood sill to shed water.

     
  • Single-Layer Barrier

    This Energy Star-certified board offers an R-value of 6.5 per inch.

     
  • Clean Tech

    This kitchen faucet’s self-cleaning technology keeps the spout free of mineral deposits thanks to resilient outlets in the faceplate.

     
  • Quiet Treads

    These squeak-free stair treads are manufactured with a low moisture content.

     
  • Tool-Free Adjustment

    Danze’s new Neo Retraction weight system can be adjusted without tools and will be available on all of the company’s pullout faucets this year.

     
  • Marine-Grade Protection

    Long used in the marine industry, this floor protection is flame retardant and impermeable to water, and includes a slip-resistant diamond-plate-pattern surface.

     
  • Shingle by Numbers

    A numbering system on these 45-inch-long panels provides a guide for vertical joints on adjacent courses to be automatically offset.

     
  • Paperless Tape

    This innovative product is applied like paper tape but won’t stretch when wet, resists mold, and isn’t prone to bubbling.

     

Toolbox

  • Smart Safety

    Other finish nailers force you to compress a spring-loaded nose against the work surface to fire a shot. But with Smart Point nailers, you just touch the non-marring tip to the surface—no pushing required.

     
  • Gentle Impact Driver

    A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap.

     
  • Quick-Change Nailer Hook

    The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook is equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap it onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook.

     

Backfill

  • Time & Tide

    When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.

     

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