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    Letters

    Don't forget insulation; thermal solar storage; time-saving sidewall detail

     

News

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    JLC Report

    Passive House seeks broader appeal; proposed code changes stir controversy in North Carolina; more

     

Q&A

  • Roof Venting in a Wet Climate

    Q: I'm planning to reroof an expanded Cape Cod on a barrier island off the East Coast, where strong winds and moisture from the ocean are common.

     
  • How to Hide Rough Drywall Finish Showing Through Paint

    Q: A recent customer wanted to do his own painting and used an airless sprayer to apply primer to the bare drywall. He then rolled on the finish paint, but now he's complaining that the surface is rough wherever the drywall finisher sanded. He is blaming the drywall contractor, but I'm not sure...

     

On the Job

  • Working With Sonotubes

    Every porch or deck I build starts with level footings and solid, plumb concrete piers - insurance that my projects will stand for many years to come.

     
  • Quick Porch Enclosure

    Over 20 years ago, on a vinyl siding job, I screened in a deck that had a shed roof.

     

Business

  • Putting 'Lean' Principles to Work

    For the past few months we've been focusing on planning - but sooner or later you're going to have to build something in order to earn that income you're planning for.

     

Products

  • Cheap Flood Insurance

    Floodchek washing machine hoses are made from industrial-grade hose and machined brass couplings.

     
  • Three Boxes in One

    One-piece polymer construction makes the MH Tuff Box leakproof, says the maker - an advantage over conventional sheet-metal diffusers.

     
  • Simpler Solar

    Cost and complexity are the two main reasons you don't see a photovoltaic array on every rooftop in America (except in Seattle).

     
  • New Old Floors

    Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring from HomerWood is milled from old-growth red and white oak salvaged from condemned barns.

     
  • Skylight Dimmer

    Tube skylights are a great way to bring natural light into interior spaces.

     
  • Furniture for the Bath

    Although designers routinely convert old dressers into bath vanities, the units seldom age well in wet conditions.

     
  • Simplified Siding

    The benefits of rain-screen siding are beyond dispute, but getting the details right can be tricky.

     
  • Stylish Protection

    Some safety equipment is specific to certain conditions or tasks, but eye protection should be worn all the time.

     
  • Safer Storage

    It's no myth that cedar can protect clothing from moths, says the maker of CedarSafe Natural ClosetLiner.

     
  • Efficient Cans

    LEDme Recessed Downlights offer the energy efficiency and life span of LED technology concealed within a discreet design.

     
  • Versatile Ventilation

    Many people don't realize that a dehumidifier is as costly to operate as a room air conditioner.

     
  • Liquid Housewrap

    StoGuard is a liquid coating that's applied with a sprayer directly onto wood or gypsum-based sheathing.

     

Toolbox

  • Bosch GCM12SD Miter Saw

    You can start a pretty good argument on a job site simply by asking which is better: a fixed-head miter saw or a slider.

     

Toolbits

  • Compact Torch

    The Quickfire Hand Torch fits easily in tight cavities that other torches are too big for, says the maker.

     
  • Ladder Helpers

    A few years ago, Werner began equipping many of its stepladders with a top cap designed to hold a variety of tools and paint containers.

     
  • Multi-Tool Adapter

    Bosch recently came out with an adaptor plate that lets you use the company's extensive collection of cutting and sanding attachments on any brand of oscillating multi-tool.

     
  • All-Graphite Marker

    The Super Pencil looks like a typical carpenter's pencil except that all of it - not just the core - is graphite.

     

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