November 2014 Letters
Emailing proposals; strapping ceilings; caulking fiber-cement joints
NativeStone Sinks Offer Beauty with Heft
Formed from modified concrete, Native Trail’s new line of kitchen and bath sinks...
Tightening a House When Replacing the Siding
I don't think my client was planning on an energy retrofit when he first talked to...
In the Seattle area, where I work, we get a lot of rain. From the mid-90s to the...
A Fiber-Cement Sunburst
Full-scale layout simplifies the process of cutting the tapered clapboards.
Malco FCC4 Guillotine Shear
Cut fiber-cement siding without a cloud of hazardous dust with the FCC4 Guillotine...
Remodeling opportunities abound; weatherization wages too low; in defense of vinyl siding; more
Back-Priming Fiber-Cement Siding
Q: We ordered preprimed HardiePlank lap siding to finish a project, but when it was delivered, we discovered that the backs were left unprimed. Normally, we back-prime wood clapboards, but I'm not sure this step is needed with fiber-cement siding, and the manufacturer's Web site is mute on the subject. Is back-priming necessary?
Manufactured Deck Railings
These durable systems are much easier to install than site-built rails.
Clips for flat tiles; mounting blocks; aluminum-and-glass railing; crawlspace ventilation; fibercement siding panels; more