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Features

Letters

  • Letters April 2010

    Sealing cuts in fiber cement; epoxy from a caulk gun; a grinding reminder; pricing kitchen remodels

     

News

  • JLC Report April 2010

    Skepticism greets California’s green-building code; a closer look at green paints; Hitachi recalls coil framing nailers after injuries; more

     

On the Job

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    Replacing a Wood Beam With Steel

    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.

     

Business

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    Getting Certified for Home Energy Audits

    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.

     

Products

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    Products

    Heat-recovering drainpipe; garage-door openers; extra-smooth nails; trench drain; treated glulams; garage storage; basement bulkheads; extra-long sheathing; more

     
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    Bilco Steel Bulkhead

    Bilco is celebrating its 75th anniversary with improvements to its Classic Series steel bulkhead.

     
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    Paslode Nails

    Paslode has developed a nail that takes less energy to drive, making it a good option for engineered lumber.

     
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    Liftmaster Garage Door Opener

    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.

     
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    RenewAbility Heat Recovery

    By recovering heat from household wastewater, the Power-Pipe can reduce water-heating expenses by up to 40 percent, the maker says.

     
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    Diamond Storage Concepts Ceiling Storage

    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.

     
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    MJSI Toilet Fill Valve

    The Hydro Clean 660 by MJSI has a couple of features not found on most toilet fill valves.

     
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    ClamDoor Basement Door

    The ClamDoor is a lightweight fiberglass alternative to traditional basement bulkheads.

     
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    Norbord OSB Panels

    TallWall lets you sheathe today’s taller walls without creating horizontal seams.

     
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    Sommer USA Garage Door Opener

    The Synoris garage-door opener is the most popular opener in Europe, claims the manufacturer.

     
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    Quick Drain USA Trench Drain

    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.

     
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    Anthony Forest Products Glulam Beams

    Power Preserved glulam beams are treated with Cop-Guard, a solvent-based copper naphthenate formulation.

     

Toolbox

Toolbits

Backfill

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    Layout by Robot

    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.