July-August 2021 Table of Contents

Features
Slate Roof Restoration Slate Roof Restoration

A veteran slate roofer breaks down the tools, techniques, and materials needed to repair an old slate roof. Read more

Making Waves With Cedar Shingle Siding Making Waves With Cedar Shingle Siding

Mike Guertin explains how to add a custom wave pattern in cedar shingles to the gable end of a home. Read more

Training the Trades
Caulking Basics Caulking Basics

The right way to caulk often gets ignored, but caulking correctly is essential to every build, so let's embrace it. Read more

Q&A
Pre-piping for Radon Q&A Pre-piping for Radon

Roughing in a radon stack during construction is good insurance in case a house tests positive for radon when it's completed. Read more

Keeping Critters Out of Heat Pumps Q&A Keeping Critters Out of Heat Pumps

Mice can chew their way through almost anything. Here are some strategies to keep them at bay. Read more

Codes Eye View
Air-Sealing Code Update Air-Sealing Code Update

The 2021 model energy code is being hailed as the most significant change in building energy–efficiency requirements since 2012. Read more

Business
Facing Down Remodeling Stigmas Facing Down Remodeling Stigmas

Too often, the lowest bidder sets the standard for what a job should cost, but is this how our industry actually works? Read more

Energy
How to Size an HRV or ERV How to Size an HRV or ERV

Unlike a furnace or air conditioner, oversizing one of these can be a good thing. Read more

Troubleshooting
Managing Asbestos During a Remodel Managing Asbestos During a Remodel

When vermiculite insulation is discovered during demolition, assume it contains asbestos and remove and dispose of it accordingly. Here's how. Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: Makita Max XGT 40-Volt Drill/Driver Combo TOOLS OF THE TRADE Tool Test: Makita Max XGT 40-Volt Drill/Driver Combo

Trim carpenter Tommie Mullaney checks out Makita's powerful new XGT 40-volt drill/driver combo. Read more

Tool Test: Evolution Single Bevel Sliding Miter Saw TOOLS OF THE TRADE Tool Test: Evolution Single Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

This versatile and economical saw makes accurate cuts in both wood and metal using the same blade for both materials. Read more

Tool Test: Viking Arm Handheld Jack Tool Test: Viking Arm Handheld Jack

For lifting or lowering heavy items like cast-iron sinks, this compact jack is a game-changer. Read more

Decks
Circling the Square EYE FOR DESIGN Circling the Square

How semicircular stairs and a matching inlay turn the 'wow' factor up to 11 on a simple rectangular deck. Read more

Building a Screened Porch Under a Rooftop Deck Building a Screened Porch Under a Rooftop Deck

Instead of piers, this two-level screened porch is supported by a poured stem-wall foundation. Read more

Building a Wine Lover's Summer Kitchen Building a Wine Lover's Summer Kitchen

On a sloped site, a walk-out basement presented the perfect opportunity to add useful space - in this case, a dedicated wine room - to an unusual outdoor kitchen. Read more

Playpen Backyard Playpen Backyard

In an urban setting, where space is at a premium, New Jersey contractor Rob Corbo packs a lot of outdoor living into a compact footprint. Read more

Backfill
Fancy Foyer Floor BACKFILL Fancy Foyer Floor

This floor's chevron pattern was created with custom-milled strips of white oak and walnut. Read more

Products
All-in-One Deck Railing System All-in-One Deck Railing System

DekPro Prestige powder-coated aluminum rail kits are packaged with everything needed to install them. Read more

Gypsum Panel Tile Backer Gypsum Panel Tile Backer

Weighing less than standard cement backer board, GlasRoc is designed to resist moisture. Read more

Fluid-Applied Water Management Membrane Fluid-Applied Water Management Membrane

Laticrete's MVIS line is designed for use with thin-brick, manufactured stone, and natural stone veneers for interior and exterior applications. Read more

Heavy-Duty Self-Closing Gate Hinge

Self-closing gates improve safety around pools and other fenced-in areas. Read more

Single-Layer Roofing Underlayment Single-Layer Roofing Underlayment

Boral Acrilay uses an acrylic-based rather than asphalt-based adhesive. Read more

Smart Technology Ceiling Fan Smart Technology Ceiling Fan

Upgrade your client's porch or under-deck area with a cooling breeze. Read more

Pull-Down LED Lighting Pull-Down LED Lighting

Each LED module can be left in the housing or be pulled down partially or completely. Read more

Retrofit Bidet Retrofit Bidet

Temperature, pressure, and position are all fully adjustable. Read more

Concrete Repair FRP Concrete Repair FRP

Simpson Strong-Tie says its 44-ounce fiber–reinforced polymer (FRP) fabric requires fewer layers for faster installation. Read more

MgO Subfloor MgO Subfloor

Their magnesium-oxide composition provides these structural panels with sound and fire-resistant properties. Read more

Level- and Stair-Run Cable Braces Level- and Stair-Run Cable Braces

Use these braces to prevent cable rail from sagging between structural posts. Read more

Aluminum Pool Fencing Aluminum Pool Fencing

Preassembled sections speed installation. Read more

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