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    Breakline - New Tests Coming for Roof Coverings?

    New Tests Coming for Roof Coverings

     
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    Brick Veneer That Works

    Despite the inherent strength of brick, a brick veneer wall is not invulnerable during a storm. If the wind blows hard enough, poorly secured brick veneer can literally crumble. And because bricks and mortar are porous, they can transmit moisture to the main wall if that wall has not been properly...

     
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    Outdoor Kitchens for the South Coast

    Outdoor kitchens are a popular amenity in the seaside homes of well-heeled clients. But when designing an outdoor kitchen in the hot and humid Gulf, builders must take care to use durable materials that can take a beating. Pat Curry looks at how to craft these appealing spaces while making sure...

     
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    Products

    See-Through Storm Panels ~ Stiff Engineered Studs ~ No-Hose Nail Gun ~ Custom or Stock PVC Mouldings ~ Mold-Resistant Drywall ~ Security at Your Fingertips ~ Easy Truss Bracing ~ Easier Window Installation ~ Scaffold Plank Stiffener

     
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    Soundings - Swimming Pools on the Beach

    Swimming Pools on the Beach

     
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    Strengthening Roof-to-Wall Connections

    New Florida codes compel contractors to upgrade the roof-wall connections on qualifying older homes when replacing the roof covering. In this article Richard Reynolds, who helped write the new code language, outlines the steps involved: how to inspect the connections that tie existing rafters or...

     
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    Breakline: Foreclosed Homes Raise Neighborhood Storm Risks ~ Rhode Island Proposes Global Warming Building Regs

    Foreclosed Homes Raise Neighborhood Storm Risks ~ Rhode Island Proposes Global Warming Building Regs

     
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    Concrete Houses for the Coast

    Hurricane Katrina taught a valuable lesson: the only houses likely to survive the ravages of a major hurricane are made of concrete. Dave Pfanmiller, a custom-home builder in Gulfport, Miss., uses Wall Ties aluminum concrete forms to build these homes on the Gulf Coast. Pfanmiller and his friend...

     
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    Installing Impact Zone Windows

    A growing number of state and local codes call for impact zone windows in construction near the shore—windows made of shatterproof laminated glass that won't succumb to the flying debris generated by a hurricane. But even the strongest window will fail if not properly installed. Manufacturers'...

     
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    Products

    Stronger Than Steel ~ Privacy Casements ~ Tough Windows ~ Permeable Brick Pavers ~ Vapor-Tolerant Insulation Batts ~ Strong and Durable Railings ~ Wood-Look Vinyl Windows ~ Wine Storage Solution ~ Treated Engineered Railings

     
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    Soundings

    Engineered Wood in Coastal Environments

     
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    Breakline: In Green We Trust

    In Green We Trust ~ Prudent Pruning

     
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    Copper Flashing on ACQ ~ How Small Is Small?

     
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    Practical Green for Coastal Homes

    As green building grabs the attention of otherwise cautious home buyers, so does the potential for "greenwashing" — the efforts of overzealous marketers to label anything and everything "green." Selectively focusing on one feature while ignoring others, or intentionally misleading buyers about the...

     
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    Products

    Pocket Primer ~ New Trim Styles ~ Synthetic Stone Backer ~ Easy-Nailing Bead Board ~ Rugged Efficiency ~ Wind-Resistant Synthetic ~ Amped-Up Sawzall

     
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    Raised Floors for the Low Country

    Elevated floors on pier foundations are mandated in V zones and recommended in coastal A zones. But the moisture and energy details can be a head-scratcher. Whether a builder places the floor system on pier supports or on a perimeter stemwall, he has to face interrelated problems of air sealing...

     
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    Soundings

    Wind Performance of Metal Roofing

     
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    Trouble-Free Paint Performance

    As a custom painting contractor in the Boston market, Nigel Costolloe has spent a good part of his lifetime studying the way paint works. Paint problems, he says, most commonly point back to the way the house was built, the substrates prepped, or how the paint was applied, rather than to the paint...

     
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    Breakline: Cottage Quandary

    Cottage Quandary

     
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    Ductwork That Works

    Air distribution is the weak link in many heating and cooling systems. Good ductwork is key to HVAC performance, yet all too often this vital part of the system is underexamined, bringing the energy performance of the home to surprising lows. Ted Cushman describes how the industry pros detail their...

     
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    Gable-End Retrofits

    A couple of decades ago, not much was typically done to secure gable-end trusses: at most, a few toe-nails, perhaps an occasional strap or diagonal brace. But these measures prove insufficient in a high-wind event, where negative pressures are the most likely forces to pull apart an underbuilt...

     
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    Letters

    Manufacturers Beyond Code ~ Connector Corrosion

     
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    Products

    Accordion Screens ~ Ingenious Deck Spacers ~ Rolling Along ~ Weather-Resistant Wood Doors ~ Houdini Hutch ~ Practical Porch Railing ~ PVC Porch Decking ~ Impact-Resistant Acrylic

     
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    Soundings

    Storm-Water Regs Grow Up

     
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    Wild Winds and Rolling Waters

    Despite months of front-page Hurricane Katrina news coverage in 2005, building codes and enforcement practices continue to vary greatly. Moreover, surprisingly little is known about how hurricane winds pull apart and drive rain into homes — and what affordable measures can seal them tight. Plus...

     
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    Backdoor: Affordable Coastal

    Affordable Coastal

     
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    Breakline: A Charge in the Air

    A Charge in the Air ~ Recession Means Decline

     
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    Design: Fixing Wright's Wrongs

    Fixing Wright's Wrongs

     
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    Floating Out the Storm

    The devastation and aftermath of Hurricane Katrina set Bill and Bryan Spatz in motion rethinking what type of foundation makes sense in flood-prone areas. The Noah's Ark Project is a steel-framed modular home built on a barge. The home looks like a typical 2,700-square-foot home with an asking...

     
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    High and Dry

    In the flood-prone Gulf region, an elevated home is a no-brainer. The classic poured-concrete slab-on-grade — a simple monolithic pour with nothing more than a thickened edge at the perimeter — is not enough where floodwaters from a storm surge or rising water levels pose a threat. Using a raised...

     
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    Letters

    Recalculating the Cost of Stainless Steel Hardware

     
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    Products

    Green Toilet ~ Cool Roof ~ Cool Attic ~ Steel Driving Gun ~ Have a Blast ~ Starter Strip Marries Skirtboard ~ Precision Dry Stack ~ Self-Sealing Furring Nail ~ Termite Treatment

     
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    Coastal Resources: Safe and Durable Coastal Decks

    A casual inspection of just about any wooden boardwalk or ocean-side deck provides ample evidence of what a harsh coastal environment can do. Fortunately, there is help at hand to guide builders toward code-conforming deck design and good construction practice. Design for Code Acceptance 6:...

     
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    Soundings: Understanding Water Intrusion

    Understanding Water Intrusion

     
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    Breakline: Required Roof Retrofits

    Required Roof Retrofits ~ Debating Climate Change

     
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    From the Editor: Beyond Code

    Beyond Code

     
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    Insulation That Works

    In more than 25 years of consulting with builders on ways to avoid callbacks, Steve Easley has spent his time solving problems related the heat and moisture transfer, because this is where builders — even very good builders who deliver well-appointed homes to the coastal elite — most often get...

     
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    Green Building: Island Solar

    At South Mountain, a 100% worker-owned remodeling firm on Martha's Vineyard, employee-owner Phil Forest has discovered that venturing into renewables — including energy audits, solar electric panels, solar water heaters, and wind-turbine generators — fills a niche in the building business that is...

     
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    Products

    Stainless Connectors ~ No Math, No Fuss ~ Cellular-PVC Crown ~ Faux Ipe ~ Gutter Appeal ~ Dormer Kits

     
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    Soundings

    Fasteners for Treated Wood: Practical Solutions for Coastal Environments

     
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    Weather Barriers for Coastal Conditions

    According to general contractor Bill Robinson, the building industry is going through a renaissance of sorts when it comes to weather protection. He predicts that as the current best practices become standardized, even more detailed requirements will be brought back to the codes. And that's a good...