April 2014 Table of Contents

Features
Working With Flexible Flashing Working With Flexible Flashing

Some contractors still don’t understand how to get the most out of these products. Here are some tips for installations that stand firm for the long haul. Read more

Framing a Roof from the Ground Up Best Practices Framing a Roof from the Ground Up

It's safer and more comfortable to frame a roof on the ground, then lift it into place with a crane later. Read more

A New Foundation for an Old House JLC Classic A New Foundation for an Old House

Learn how a Massachusetts contractor lifted and resupported an early-1800s home, then poured a new concrete foundation underneath it. Read more

Letters
Letters JLC April Letters

Joists in an old floor, repairing a concrete slab in an old floor, and more. Read more

Q & A
Can a UV Lamp Improve Indoor Air? Can a UV Lamp Improve Indoor Air?

UV-C light is germicidal, but how effective is it at preventing microbial contamination of a residential HVAC system? Read more

Lightening Traditional Mud Flooring Q&A Lightening Traditional Mud Flooring

A reader asks about lightening a traditional floor mud mixture with vermiculite and sand. Read more

On the Job
Building a Freestanding Wall On the Job Building a Freestanding Wall

Here's how to build a structurally independent wall when there are no other walls to tie into for rigidity. Read more

Wooden Covers for Hydronic Baseboard Heaters? Wooden Covers for Hydronic Baseboard Heaters?

Remodeler Randal Patterson shows how to replace sheet metal hydronic baseboard covers with better-looking ones made of wood. Read more

Business
Estimating Using Templates, Part Three Estimating Using Templates, Part Three

Whether you estimate with an off-the-shelf system or using an Excel spreadsheet, most systems today are built around a database of unit pricing items. Here are some tips to get you started. Read more

Business How to Play It Safe When Approving Overtime

Managing employees' overtime can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep your staff happy and your company out of the courtroom. Read more

Business Correcting Construction Contracts

Can a mistake related to a contract be corrected? It depends on who makes the error and how it affects the agreement. Read more

Energy
Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

Home performance contractor Mike MacFarland explains how to achieve perfection in leak-free ducts. Read more

Products
Marvin Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Windows Products Marvin Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung Windows

Each sash on the Next Generation Ultimate Double Hung locks directly to the jamb, so one can be opened while the other stays in place. Read more

Boral TruExterior Trim Products Boral TruExterior Trim

Low-maintenance and dimensionally stable, Boral's TruExterior Trim now comes in a 1 1/2-inch thickness. Read more

CertainTeed Easi-Lite 30 Gypsum Board Products CertainTeed Easi-Lite 30 Gypsum Board

Up to 30% lighter than standard 5/8-inch Type X board, Easi-Lite 30 combines reduced weight with fire resistance. Read more

Armstrong QuikStix Drywall Grid System Products Armstrong QuikStix Drywall Grid System

Armstrong’s QuikStix pre-engineered drywall grid system uses two types of studs. The company claims the system cuts framing time in half. Read more

WarmBoard Warmsource Total Warmth System Products WarmBoard Warmsource Total Warmth System

The Warmsource system simplifies hydronic heating by stuffing all the manifolds and controls into a little tank on top of the main storage tank and using X10 technology to eliminate the need for thermostat wiring. Read more

Green Edge Technologies' EdgeHome System Products Green Edge Technologies' EdgeHome System

The EdgeHome system displays electricity use for electronic devices, allowing homeowners to see and control individual loads, thanks to controllers placed behind each outlet and switch box. Read more

Fireplace Xtrordinair High Output Linear Gas Fireplace Products Fireplace Xtrordinair High Output Linear Gas Fireplace

The 4415 High Output Linear Gas Fireplace heats up to 2,100 square feet of space and its crushed glass floor makes for sparkling aesthetics. Read more

Huber Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing Products Huber Radiant Barrier Roof Sheathing

This Zip System sheathing panel features a barrier on the underside that reflects radiant heat. Read more

Gerber Avalanche Concealed Trapway Products Gerber Avalanche Concealed Trapway

The WaterSense-approved Avalanche CT toilet is a high-efficiency model that offers one-piece design with contemporary styling. Read more

Kohler's Bellwether Shower Receptor Products Kohler's Bellwether Shower Receptor

The Bellwether is a clean-lined enameled cast iron base available in six colors and two sizes. Read more

UltraLayer Sound Deadening Underlayment Products UltraLayer Sound Deadening Underlayment

For use under ceramic, porcelain, or stone floor tile, the filaments in the UltraLayer pad create a capillary effect that dampens sound as well as muffling impact. Read more

Epoxy Garage Floor Coating Products Epoxy Garage Floor Coating

Quikrete’s water-based Epoxy Garage Floor Coating kit comes in a 5-gallon pail with all you need to coat the floor of a one-car garage. Read more

Toolbox
Working With Wormdrive Saws Toolbox Working With Wormdrive Saws

A look at what's new in Bosch and Skil wormdrive saws. Read more

Milwaukee Jobsite Radio Charger Toolbox Milwaukee Jobsite Radio Charger

Milwaukee’s new 17-pound, 18-volt M18 Jobsite Radio/Charger can charge or run on any battery from the M18 platform and is the first jobsite model to include a Bluetooth receiver. Read more

Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Multi-Tool Toolbox Bosch 18V Multi-X Oscillating Multi-Tool

A handy remodeling tool for everything from delicate material removal to finishing touches, Steve Demetrick reviews this Bosch cordless model. Read more

Backfill
Backfill Screw-Head Portraiture

A hybrid of painting and sculpture, Andrew Myers' portraits use screw heads to create remarkable artwork. Read more

Other Articles
Leakproof Steep-Slope to Low-Slope Roof Transitions Troubleshooting Leakproof Steep-Slope to Low-Slope Roof Transitions

Doug Horgan's details for a troublesome area that frequently gets overlooked: the transition between a steep-slope roof and a low-slope roof. Read more

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