February 2021 Table of Contents

Features
Installing a Folding Glass Door JLC Installing a Folding Glass Door

Veteran carpenter Mike Sloggatt's step-by-step guide to installing a large door that spans an entire wall. Read more

Repairing a Bungalow Balcony Repairing a Bungalow Balcony

Replacing a beam is usually straightforward, until you have to also comply with historic preservation requirements. Read more

Training the Trades
Aligning Cabinets With Plumbing Rough-ins Aligning Cabinets With Plumbing Rough-ins

Contributing editor Dave Holbrook shows how to precisely install a vanity cabinet by working from the centerline. Read more

Q&A
Composite vs. Steel Rebar Q&A Composite vs. Steel Rebar

Glass-fiber rebar is about one-third the weight of steel rebar, won't corrode, and is stronger in tension. So why isn't it used more widely? Read more

On The Job
Foaming Under the Slab JLC Foaming Under the Slab

Closed-cell spray foam provides good R-value and an effective air and water barrier with a lot less hassle than rigid insulation. Read more

Raising the Roof On the Job Raising the Roof

A Vermont builder replaced a failing roof with a new one framed on the ground. He only needed a day to do the job. Read more

Framing a Staircase That Floats Past a Window ON THE JOB Framing a Staircase That Floats Past a Window

A pair of LVL stringers connecting the upper and lower landings is the structural key to this design. Read more

Business
The 80/20 Rule of Client Communications JLC The 80/20 Rule of Client Communications

How simply answering the phone can make dealing with clients easier and your business more profitable. Read more

Troubleshooting
Managing Wood Movement Managing Wood Movement

Moisture causes wood to shrink and swell, but there are ways for carpenters to limit wood movement and reduce problems and callbacks. Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: Skilsaw 10¼-Inch Cordless Beam Saw TOOLS OF THE TRADE Tool Test: Skilsaw 10¼-Inch Cordless Beam Saw

Cut the cord with this battery-powered 10 1/4-inch wormdrive saw, designed from the ground up for a larger blade. Read more

Backfill
A Clearer Understanding of American Trimwork A Clearer Understanding of American Trimwork

To learn about the parts and pieces that make up the range of traditional American interiors, read "Traditional American Rooms". Read more

Products
Energy-Efficient Skylight Insert Energy-Efficient Skylight Insert

Tinted inserts snap into existing frames Read more

All-Encompassing Wood Entry Door System All-Encompassing Wood Entry Door System

Choose from a wide range of wood species, profiles, sidelights, and transoms. Read more

Tankless Gas Water Heater Tankless Gas Water Heater

Rinnai I-Series boilers claim a 95% AFUE. Read more

Moisture-Resistant Firestop Sealants Moisture-Resistant Firestop Sealants

Self-leveling and caulk-grade HoldRite HydroFlame 300 sealants are designed for use in high-moisture areas. Read more

Natural Stone-Mimicking Tile Natural Stone-Mimicking Tile

Porcelain tile panels measure 1 meter by 3 meters. Read more

Fire-Retardant Subfloor Screw Fire-Retardant Subfloor Screw

A coating on the WSVF screw helps resist corrosion from contact with fire-retardant-treated subflooring. Read more

Hammer Drill/Driver Hammer Drill/Driver

An 18-volt subcompact brushless hammer drill/driver from Ridgid promises a lighter weight in a more compact package. Read more

Reusable Face Masks Reusable Face Masks

For basic protection against nonharmful irritants Read more

Lightweight Quartz Slab Profile Lightweight Quartz Slab Profile

Just 6mm thick, the slabs are intended for applications like shower surrounds and backsplashes. Read more

Low-Impact, Fire-Rated SPF Low-Impact, Fire-Rated SPF

HandiFoam E84 Low GWP spray foam uses a low global-warming-potential blowing agent. Read more

Metal-Look Laminate Surfaces Metal-Look Laminate Surfaces

Formica offers expanded options for vertical applications. Read more

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