Salvaged Materials

Composite Decking Update
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Composite Decking Update

Forget “no maintenance”: These products require periodic cleaning and upkeep to... More

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Recycled Form Boards?

Can concrete form boards be reused for framing, or does exposure to concrete weaken framing lumber? More

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Green Alternatives to Traditional Building Materials

Q: I live in northern coastal California, in the heart of the redwoods. We're currently remodeling a simple structure (in a highly visible town-square location) into an elaborately detailed storefront, in keeping with the surrounding 1880s architecture. While all the vintage storefronts (and their framing) are constructed of old-growth redwood, we would like to use modern alternatives — such as engineered products — that would be more environmentally responsible. Since the exterior will be painted, the panels, columns, and crown and detail moldings can be built with any product that will withstand our moist climate. Do you have any recommendations? More

Hull-House Remodel
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Hull-House Remodel

Life in a boat More

Salvaging Building Material
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Salvaging Building Material

A carpenter turned salvage contractor tells how he turns a profit keeping used... More

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Products

Recycled underlayment; guard against tannin bleeding; stronger lattice; composite fencing; jamb extensions; more More

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Letters

Defining “green,” payback periods for energy-efficient windows, termite concerns More

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Products

Temporary dust curtain, plastic Romex connectors, aluminum roofing toeboards, whole-house ventilation system, quick-drying caulk, stainable vinyl windows, non-toxic PVC cement More

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Rot-Resistant Decking Options

A few years ago, the main choices for rot-proof decking were redwood and pressure-treated lumber. Environmental concerns and the search for low-maintenance materials have spawned a host of new products, including new hardwoods, wood-plastic composites, and synthetic materials. More

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Strictly Business: Tracking Material Costs

Keeping track of material costs More

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