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Letters

  • Letters

    Restoration ethic questioned

     

News

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    JLC Report

    Massachusetts requires continuing education for relicensing; FEMA’s redrawn flood maps boost insurance rates; California grapples with net-metering policy; more

     

Q&A

  • Unvented Roofs and Shingle Warranties

    While the IRC has approved the use of certain "hot" unvented attics, it seems that asphalt-shingle manufacturers still recommend that their shingles be installed over vented roof assemblies. Does this mean that shingle manufacturers will void their warranties if the roof deck is insulated with...

     
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    Metal Connectors and Galvanized Coatings

    Can standard galvanized Simpson STHD strap-tie hold-downs be used in contact with ACQ plates and framing? We've been schooled by our local building officials to avoid placing anything but stainless steel or heavy-duty hot-dipped galvanized metal connectors in contact with ACQ lumber, but these...

     
  • Trowel-Applied Membranes

    Are the new trowel-applied membranes used for waterproofing showers as good as sheet membranes? Are some better than others?

     

On the Job

  • Replacing Windows in Log Homes

    While new construction projects are fewer and farther between these days, the tax credit for window and door replacements has kept our company plenty busy.

     

Business

Products

  • Easy Shower Control

    The ActivTouch handheld shower has three spray-selection buttons that let users select up to eight spray combinations with the push of a button.

     

Toolbits

Backfill

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    Custom-Carved Corbels

    As part of a job finishing a side-porch addition to a Victorian home, I had to reproduce six decorative corbels.