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    More on mold; JLC Field Guide correction




  • Can You Swap Lithium Ion for Nicad Batteries?

    A reader recently purchased a DeWalt 18-volt cordless tool with lithium-ion batteries and noticed that the new batteries also fit their old DeWalt tools. Is it okay to use lithium-ion batteries in tools that came with nickel-cadmium (nicad) batteries?

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    Fixing a Botched Trim Job

    A homeowner asks how to repair what looks like a botched job, where new entry doors were installed in a brick home covered with stucco or some kind of cement parging.




  • Rain Screen for Basements

    Drainage plane for basement walls.

  • Advanced Underlayment

    DuPont claims that its RoofLiner synthetic roofing underlayment offers a number of advantages over conventional felt.

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    Always Available Dust Pan

    Some cleanups really need a broom — but wouldn’t it be nice not to have to mess with the dust pan?

  • Blind-Side Waterproofing Membrane

    MiraPly self-adhering blind-side waterproofing can make a difficult job just a bit easier.

  • Self-Cleaning Tile

    StonePeak Ceramics recently unveiled a line of tile that the company says repels dirt, kills surface bacteria, and even cleans the air.

  • Soft-Sided Dumpster

    Steep rental fees often make it impractical to keep a dumpster on site for the duration of a job, so some builders create an unsightly junk pile.

  • Easier Tile Cleaning

    The Bucket Ape cleaning kit can save you the enormous hassle of carrying heavy buckets of water around the job site.

  • Hose Within a Hose

    A central vacuum-cleaning system eliminates the hassle of lugging around a heavy machine — but there’s still the hose to deal with.

  • Leather Floors

    The idea of walking on cowhide may sound decadent, but Torlys says its leather flooring is made of 100 percent recycled material.

  • Dimmer for CFLs

    A lot of energy-conscious consumers are disappointed with the range and performance of dimmable CFLs. Leviton says its new Decora CFL Slide Dimmer can help.

  • Attractive Waterproofing

    Since most dampproofing coatings are covered up by backfill or studwalls, it doesn’t matter what they look like.

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    Drainage plane for basement walls; waterproofing membrane; foldable dumpster; tile-cleaning kit; retractable vacuum hose; dimmer for CFLs; more



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    Senco Fusion Finish Nailer

    When I heard that Senco was introducing a new cordless finish nailer, I was both excited and skeptical — excited because I dislike using hoses, and skeptical because as a long-time user of cordless finish guns I am aware of their shortcomings.




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    Rocking Out in Waukesha

    Some years ago, Mogensen bought a nice lot in Waukesha, Wis. — a two-acre plot surrounded by town parks and conservation land, the last undeveloped free spot in the area. He planned to build himself a home there. But when he started to excavate, he hit rock 2 feet down. Lots of rock.