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Features

  • Roofing With Asphalt Shingles

    More than 80% of U.S. homes have asphalt shingle roofs, and though easy to install, you still need to do it right. These details and best practices will help ensure a durable roof.

     
  • A Drywaller’s Approach to Air Sealing Homes

    Air leaks through the building shell can have a significant effect on a home’s durability, energy use, and indoor air quality. Myron Ferguson explains how drywall can be an important part of the air barrier of an enclosure.

     
  • Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation

    When it comes to laying out a complex foundation, attention to detail makes the rest of the house easier to frame.

     

Letters

  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     

Q&A

On the Job

Business

  • Paid in Full?

    What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment.

     
  • This list applies to new construction or a structural remodeling job. Your Job Start Package should be customized to the type of work your company does.

    Tips for Conducting a Job Start Review

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

     

Energy

  • ReVision Energys Dave Ragsdale connects the control circuit of the outdoor unit of a 1-ton Fujitsu mini-split on a home near Portland, Maine. In combination with a wood stove, the mini-split will mostly idle the homes existing oil boiler, except during the coldest part of the year.

    Heat Pumps for Cold Climates

    Mini-split heat pumps were a major topic at the Northeast Sustainable Energy Association (NESEA) BuildingEnergy 14 conference in Boston this year. Ted Cushman explains why and how these mini-splits shine in cold climates.

     

Products

  • Big Microwave Drawer

    The MicroDrawer microwave has 1.2-cubic-foot cavity space, the largest in the luxury segment, according to the company.

     
  • Pre-Tensioned Anchor

    QuickTie is an anchor-and-cable system for use in seismic areas or where builders have to meet a 90-mph wind code.

     
  • Anywhere Epoxy

    Designed for embedding rebar or threaded rod into masonry, USP’s two-part epoxies include targeted formulas for nearly every jobsite condition.

     
  • Better Tankless

    The TruTankless water heater squeezes 24 feet of heating element into a briefcase-size housing, so it can heat water at relatively low element temperatures.

     
  • Screen Door Alternative

    The Brisa “screen door” is actually a retractable screen housed in an aluminum frame. The frame attaches to a brickmold door casing in 30 minutes.

     
  • Concrete Framing

    Half the weight of standard concrete by volume and able to flex like wood without cracking, Concrete Lumber components are made from a patented lightweight concrete reinforced with pre-stressed wire.

     
  • LVL Core Doors

    The laminated veneer lumber cores in GlassCraft’s plank-style doors should make them resistant to cracking and warping.

     
  • Sliding Pot Rack

    This sliding maple rack with zinc hooks fits into a standard-depth base cabinet and extends fully into the workspace, making it easier to access pots and pans than from a drawer.

     
  • Customizable Vanities

    With hundreds of drawer/door configurations, hardware pieces, organizational accessories, and finishes, the Tailored Vanity collection makes it easier to give clients what they want.

     
  • Advanced Wall Oven

    The Benchmark convection wall oven includes optional side-opening doors, dampened hinges, a built-in meat thermometer, and an “EcoChef” feature that saves energy.

     
  • Fogless Shower Mirror

    A low-voltage heating pad on the back of the ShowerLite bathroom mirror warms the glass, eliminating fog.

     
  • Hail-Resistant Tile

    Boral's roof tile is designed to withstand hail balls of up to 2 inches in diameter at an impact speed of up to 70 mph.

     

Toolbox

  • Senco Autofeed Drywall Screw Gun

    See how the new 18-volt Senco DS215-18V autofeed screw gun fared in our field-testing.

     
  • Bullet Centerfire Foam-Cutting Saw Blades

    Carbon steel Centerfire circular saw blades have a knife edge rather than saw teeth and are specifically designed to make smooth cuts in foam panels and insulating concrete forms.

     
  • Milwaukee M18 Fuel Sawzall

    The M18 Fuel is the first cordless recip saw with a brushless motor from Milwaukee. See how it measures up in terms of speed, power, and runtime.

     

Backfill

  • While often seen as a folk instrument, the musical saw has another dimension as well. Classical oboist David Weiss (far right) has performed on the Stanley Handyman at the Hollywood Bowl and other prestigious venues.

    Song of the Saw

    Full-size handsaws, once indispensable to the day-to-day business of cutting lumber to size, are seldom seen on modern jobsites. But they have another, equally traditional use that persists today: as musical instruments.

     

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