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Letters

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    Letters

    OSB on the roof; drywall butt joints; siding solo

     

News

  • In the News

    Homeland Security reconsiders "no match" rule; Harvard Joint Center's Kermit Baker forecasts betters days for remodeling; more

     

Q&A

  • Fireplaces in Tight Houses

    Q: I build custom homes in a northern (heating) climate. My clients want tight, well-insulated homes - we use cellulose and often spray foam - but many also want a wood-burning fireplace. Is it possible to have a traditional hearth in a modern, tightly insulated home?

     
  • Fixing Cracks in Concrete

    Q: What is the best way to seal hairline cracks in a concrete driveway? The products I've found at home centers seem too thick, and my client is concerned that the cracks will get worse during the winter months.

     
  • Glued Wall Sheathing

    Q: Is it okay to glue OSB or plywood sheathing to the wall framing before fastening the sheathing with nails? It seems that this would be a simple and cost-effective way to add strength to a wall assembly while reducing air infiltration.

     
  • Flash-and-Batt Insulation: Good Idea or Bad Practice

    Q: Is the flash-and-batt technique - where an inch or two of spray-foam insulation is applied to the interior side of roof or wall sheathing before fitting rafter and stud bays with fiberglass batts - a good way to insulate?

     
  • Hiding Knotholes in Exterior Trim

    Q. I'm doing an addition on a house I built several years ago. Some of the eastern white pine exterior trim - which was primed on all four sides with oil primer and top-coated with white latex - is showing sap stains. None of the knots or obvious sapwood was preprimed with BIN (www.zinsser.com)...

     

Legal

  • Defining "Green"

    You probably think that I have been around too long and have seen too many contracts to sign anything containing an important specification that isn't clearly defined. Surely I would never do something as stupid as that, right?

     

Products

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    Products

    Caulks & sealants; metal roofing

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Transport; job-site security

     

Backfill

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    Workbench Wonderland

    For some of us, vintage tools are impossible to resist. The mere sight of them incites an overwhelming compulsion to buy, regardless of need.