October 2012 Table of Contents

Working With Helical Piers Working With Helical Piers

Engineered steel piles are an affordable foundation option for small jobs and tricky sites Read more

Troubleshooting a Kitchen Remodel Troubleshooting a Kitchen Remodel

Managing a complex kitchen installation calls for constant problem-solving...and a little luck. Read more

Keeping Water Out of Stucco Walls Keeping Water Out of Stucco Walls

Assume that 3-coat stucco leaks, and detail the building envelope with careful flashing and a double-layer water-resistive barrier Read more

Installing Dense-Pack Cellulose Installing Dense-Pack Cellulose

This economical material both air-seals and insulates Read more

Breaking Through the Language Barrier Breaking Through the Language Barrier

Going back to school to learn Spanish can pay big dividends in the field Read more

On the Job Slipping In a Structural Ridge

Opening up this ranch's floor plan required removing the center bearing wall and installing a 30-foot ridge beam Read more

Structural Slab Costs Letter Structural Slab Costs

As with any project, you get what you pay for Read more

Keeping Cedar Shingles Dry Letter Keeping Cedar Shingles Dry

"Skippers" and "verticals" help provide ventilation Read more

Installing Drywall Over Rigid Foam Installing Drywall Over Rigid Foam

If you install strapping first, Myron Ferguson recommends treating the rigid foam as the air barrier instead of the drywall. Read more

Q&A Active vs. Passive Fall Protection

Either guardrails or safety harness systems can be used to proect workers from falls Read more

Predicting the Twist in PT Lumber Predicting the Twist in PT Lumber

There's a way to determine which 4x4 or 6x6 PT post is going to twist and which one won't. Read more

On the Job
Crawlspace Caddy On the Job Crawlspace Caddy

A plastic mortar pan screwed to a piece of plywood fitted with wheels makes an effective crawlspace tool tote. Read more

Stabilizing a Brick Exterior On the Job Stabilizing a Brick Exterior

Unstable brick is tied to the floor framing with standard hold downs, threaded rod, and compression plates Read more

Getting Paid for Preconstruction Advice Business Getting Paid for Preconstruction Advice

Use a "professional services agreement" to get compensated for consulting time Read more

Door Saver Products Door Saver

Cetol Door & Window Finish works better than polyurethanes and varnishes, says the maker Read more

Space Saver Space Saver

The SmartCab pull-out cabinet organizer fits 15-inch and 18-inch base cabinets located beneath a drawer Read more

Lightweight Semi-Slate Roofing Lightweight Semi-Slate Roofing

The slate you can't see from the ground has been replaced by a sheet of underlayment Read more

Lightning-Safe Gas Pipe Lightning-Safe Gas Pipe

TracPipe CounterStrike tubing has a conductive jacket that is supposed to help prevent damage from lightning Read more

Double Duty Double Duty

Miele's Speed Oven packs a microwave and a convection oven into one compact unit Read more

Premium Paint Premium Paint

Sherwin-Williams' Emerald Acrylic Latex comes in interior and exterior versions Read more

Metallic Tiles Metallic Tiles

Mixology resin tiles offer the look of cast metal without the weight, says the maker Read more

Healthy Billing Healthy Billing

Valspar Plus paint is certifiably "allergy friendly," says its maker Read more

Tiles That Shimmer Tiles That Shimmer

Modono Glass Tiles come in 24 colors and in standard and custom sizes Read more

Effective Exhaust Products Effective Exhaust

Zephyr says it has made its Milano Island range hood quieter and more efficient Read more

Asphalt Shingles Products Asphalt Shingles

StormMaster shingles are designed to look like wood shakes or slate Read more

Custom Range Hoods Products Custom Range Hoods

Get your design fabricated in 16-gauge copper Read more

Milwaukee M12 Band Saw Toolbox Milwaukee M12 Band Saw

This subcompact model is cordless, portable, and small enough to be used with one hand Read more

FastCap Dust-Barrier Door Toolbox FastCap Dust-Barrier Door

This door shuts with magnets instead of clips or a zipper Read more

Safer Drilling Safer Drilling

Makita's Dustless Hammer Attachment fits the company's SDS-plus rotary hammers Read more

Nonmarring Pry Bar Nonmarring Pry Bar

Stiletto's new stainless steel flat bar Read more

Cleanable Nut Driver Cleanable Nut Driver

Removing metal shavings from a magnetized driver bit has never been so easy, says DeWalt Read more

SawBuddie Toolbits SawBuddie

This recip-saw attachment collects dust without blocking views of the cutline, says maker Read more

Building Cost-Effective Emergency Housing in Alaska Backfill Building Cost-Effective Emergency Housing in Alaska

Innovative open-web trusses allow for easy assembly, high R-values, and minimal thermal bridging Read more

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