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PVC trim provided the depth needed to accommodate an inch of insulation board.
Interlocking pre-grown panels add little dead load to the roof.
Improved materials and hybrid systems make it easier to build energy-efficient houses.
Compacted drainage stone and a thick layer of foam prevent frost damage and keep the heat inside the building.
Sealing cuts in fiber cement; epoxy from a caulk gun; a grinding reminder; pricing kitchen remodels
Skepticism greets California’s green-building code; a closer look at green paints; Hitachi recalls coil framing nailers after injuries; more
The LVL beam had been installed in an earlier remodel to replace structural partitions supporting the second floor. Since Cox knew that a flush steel beam could do the job just as well — but invisibly — he offered to include the swap-out in the contract.
As the owner of a small remodeling and handyman company (nearly $1 million annual sales before the downturn), I’ve always been careful to stay focused on our core offerings — bathrooms, kitchens, basements, and small jobs ranging from two-hour service calls to week-long “honey do” lists.
Heat-recovering drainpipe; garage-door openers; extra-smooth nails; trench drain; treated glulams; garage storage; basement bulkheads; extra-long sheathing; more
Bilco is celebrating its 75th anniversary with improvements to its Classic Series steel bulkhead.
Paslode has developed a nail that takes less energy to drive, making it a good option for engineered lumber.
LiftMaster’s Model 3800 jack-shaft garage-door opener mounts on the wall next to the door and attaches directly to the door’s torsion bar, freeing up overhead space.
By recovering heat from household wastewater, the Power-Pipe can reduce water-heating expenses by up to 40 percent, the maker says.
HyLoft ceiling storage units take advantage of the open space beneath tall garage ceilings and come in a range of sizes from 3 by 3 feet to 4 by 8 feet.
The Hydro Clean 660 by MJSI has a couple of features not found on most toilet fill valves.
The ClamDoor is a lightweight fiberglass alternative to traditional basement bulkheads.
TallWall lets you sheathe today’s taller walls without creating horizontal seams.
The Synoris garage-door opener is the most popular opener in Europe, claims the manufacturer.
Quick Drain’s new Pro Line linear trench drain fits a wider range of finished floor thicknesses than the company’s previous offerings and comes in more designs and sizes.
Power Preserved glulam beams are treated with Cop-Guard, a solvent-based copper naphthenate formulation.
Finish carpentry is all about making joints quickly and accurately.
If you need to protect your eyes from flying debris but find that most goggles limit your view, check out Sight Shield goggles.
Makita brought a couple of its Japanese-market nailers to the U.S. and paired them up with a new compressor.
Framers and deck builders struggling to position long joists can give themselves an extra hand with Joist Jaws by Grabber.
Exposure to high levels of vibration can lead to serious injuries.
Although precise methods for layout have existed for thousands of years, not everyone seems to accord them equal value. Ponying up, say, $40,000 for a transit may strike you as over the top, but Hunzinger Construction of Brookfield, Wis., did just that.
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