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Letters

  • JLC July Letters

    Roofing with asphalt shingles, bias against vocational education, working with caulk guns.

     
  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

     

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On the Job

Business

  • Risk goes up the more a job differs from a typical project. To calculate disaster potential, multiply the first three columns, then divide by the last two in succession.

    Four Common Delusions

    Contractors are often their own worst enemies. Here are four ways they make it harder for their businesses to succeed.

     
  • Take the Discount

    Most lumberyards offer a discount for early payment. Don't let that 2% discount go to waste.

     
  • Nothing but Net

    Judging a company's profitability based on gross profit can be misleading. Your bottom line numbers are a better indicator of performance. Here's why.

     

Legal

Energy

  • Why ‘ Energy- Saving’ Tips Suck

    The truth is that commonly espoused energy-saving tips are worthless. We look at four common offenders.

     
  • Studying Moisture in Fat Walls

    Comparing the performance of a cellulose-insulated double wall against the same wall insulated with two different thicknesses of low-density open-cell spray foam.

     

Products

  • Product of the Day: MusselBound Adhesive Tile Mat

    Put away the mortar mix. This adhesive tile backer will make your next tile job a breeze.

     
  • MFM Offers Underlayment Co-Branding Program

    Could co-branding be the right extension for your marketing efforts? These underlayments let you shout your name from the rooftops.

     
  • NativeStone Sinks Offer Beauty with Heft

    Formed from modified concrete, Native Trail’s new line of kitchen and bath sinks blends style, sturdiness, and sustainability.

     
  • Sealant With Stretch

    The new Quad Max formula offers strong adhesion to a wider variety of building materials as well as greater stretch than other sealants, the manufacturer says.

     
  • Super-Efficient Hybrid

    This Prestige Series water heater is the most efficient the company has offered to date.

     
  • Washable Dust Barrier

    A portable dust-wall-in-a-box, the pack includes seven reusable nylon panels that zip together on the jobsite.

     
  • No-Shim Trim

    Grooved to accept any siding product, without shims, this cellular PVC trim is available for remodeling and new construction.

     
  • Load-Bearing Pan

    This easy-to-install load-bearing glass-reinforced plastic pan is designed for use with curbless showers.

     
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    Low-Profile Base

    This stand-off base keeps the post the code-required 1 inch above the concrete, and can be cast in place or anchored to an existing slab.

     
  • Prefinished Cement Shakes

    Shakes are now available pre-primed or prefinished in one of three semi-transparent colors.

     
  • Vent-Free Backup

    The convector uses an electronically controlled modulating burner and modulating fan convector to deliver just the right amount of heat.

     
  • Power Where You Want It

    This flexible strip fits neatly into any inside corner. It’s available in various lengths and can be customized with any combination of devices.

     
  • Custom Cable Pattern

    This radiant heating system provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer.

     
  • Retrofit Guardrail

    Kits come in 6-foot sections for installation between existing posts.

     
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    Coordinating Doors

    Clopay is offering coordinating doors with matching paint finishes, glass options, and panel designs.

     
  • Trimmable Shear Panel

    A wood shear panel for large openings made from Timberstrand LSL, the product can be trimmed on site by the installer.

     
  • Decorative Vinyl

    Available in 10 standard colors, the faces of this decorative vinyl siding are molded with a cedar texture and other eye-catching details.

     
  • More Contemporary Doors

    Marvin’s newest window and door styles include doors with narrower stiles and rails, as well as more glass.

     
  • Four-Door Fridge

    The refrigerator offers rapid cooling and quick-freeze capabilities, humidity-controlled shelves, and 22 cubic feet of storage.

     
  • Storm-Proof Entry

    This multifunctional door has impact glass, multi-point locking hardware, and a stepped wood sill to shed water.

     
  • Single-Layer Barrier

    This Energy Star-certified board offers an R-value of 6.5 per inch.

     
  • Clean Tech

    This kitchen faucet’s self-cleaning technology keeps the spout free of mineral deposits thanks to resilient outlets in the faceplate.

     
  • Quiet Treads

    These squeak-free stair treads are manufactured with a low moisture content.

     
  • Tool-Free Adjustment

    Danze’s new Neo Retraction weight system can be adjusted without tools and will be available on all of the company’s pullout faucets this year.

     
  • What I Like: Clear Estimates Software

    Two remodelers have gained productivity and won new jobs thanks to software with built-in templates and data for 12,000 parts

     
  • Marine-Grade Protection

    Long used in the marine industry, this floor protection is flame retardant and impermeable to water, and includes a slip-resistant diamond-plate-pattern surface.

     
  • Shingle by Numbers

    A numbering system on these 45-inch-long panels provides a guide for vertical joints on adjacent courses to be automatically offset.

     
  • Paperless Tape

    This innovative product is applied like paper tape but won’t stretch when wet, resists mold, and isn’t prone to bubbling.

     

Toolbox

  • Senco Finish Pro 23- Gauge Pinners

    The 23SXP and the 23LXP pinners sport all the essential features and look durable. Check out our field test results to see how they fared.

     
  • De Walt Dual- Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so.

     
  • Smart Safety

    Other finish nailers force you to compress a spring-loaded nose against the work surface to fire a shot. But with Smart Point nailers, you just touch the non-marring tip to the surface—no pushing required.

     
  • Gentle Impact Driver

    A unique Quick-Shift Mode combats overdriving, but it isn't cheap.

     
  • Quick-Change Nailer Hook

    The Pneuhook universal quick-change hook is equipped with a coupler and a male plug so you can simply snap it onto the nailer’s male plug and snap the air hose onto the Pneuhook.

     

Backfill

  • Little House on the Sidewalk

    Taking portable toilets to a whole new level.

     
  • Time & Tide

    When a compromised island setting requires moving not one, but four, massive structures, the logistical challenges are daunting and the process is nothing short of impressive.

     

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