April 2022 Table of Contents

FEATURES
A Custom Newel Post Retrofit A Custom Newel Post Retrofit

Dave Holbrook shows how he updated a staircase's original square newel posts with custom tapered sleeves. Read more

An Illustrated Guide to Flood-Resilient Buildings An Illustrated Guide to Flood-Resilient Buildings

Details you can use to minimize damage to buildings from both coastal and inland flooding. Read more

Preserving an 1870 Tiny Home Preserving an 1870 Tiny Home

Before the restoration of this historic upstate N.Y. building could begin, a temporary roof was needed to keep it from collapsing. Read more

TRAINING THE TRADES
Decoding the Framing Square Decoding the Framing Square

How John Carroll applies the geometry etched in those cryptic-looking tables on a framing square when laying out a foundation. Read more

Q&A
Should You Install a Full-Coverage Ice Barrier? Should You Install a Full-Coverage Ice Barrier?

Doug Horgan explains why this might be done and what could go wrong. Read more

ON THE JOB
Sealing Foundation Cracks With Epoxy Sealing Foundation Cracks With Epoxy

Jake Lewandowski explains how to use epoxy to seal leaky cracks in masonry walls. Read more

An Evolution in Laying Out Stair Stringers An Evolution in Laying Out Stair Stringers

A simple jig or trammel points can increase the accuracy of stepping-off stairs. Read more

BUSINESS
Getting Labor Burden Right Getting Labor Burden Right

If you estimate using a partially burdened cost for your labor, you risk underpricing the job. Melanie Hodgdon explains why. Read more

ENERGY
Setting Up a Home for a Blower Door Test JLC Setting Up a Home for a Blower Door Test

Blower door testing a home requires much more than simply setting up the equipment and running it. Read more

TOOLS OF THE TRADE
Filter-free Air Scrubber Tools of the Trade Filter-free Air Scrubber

The Dust One air scrubber uses cyclonic technology to separate contaminants from breathable air. Read more

Tool Test: Skil Jobsite Table Saw Tool Test: Skil Jobsite Table Saw

Mark Clement reviews Skil's truly portable and bargain-priced 10-inch jobsite saw, which sets up quickly and cuts with power and precision. Read more

Tool Test: Kapro Ledge-It Square Tools of the Trade Tool Test: Kapro Ledge-It Square

This 'try square on steroids' delivers accuracy and innovative features at a bargain price. Read more

BACKFILL
A New Copper Top A New Copper Top

A Cape Cod contractor takes an innovative approach to replace the tapered octagonal copper roof of a local landmark. Read more

PRODUCTS
Versatile Paintable Panels Versatile Paintable Panels

Made from polypropylene, they can be painted or trimmed. Read more

Roof Ventilation Solutions Roof Ventilation Solutions

Vents have a one-piece weathertight base and throat. Read more

Dual Fuel Heating System Dual Fuel Heating System

In extreme cold, Mitsubishi's system can switch to a gas furnace from a heat pump. Read more

Hands-Free Light Switch Hands-Free Light Switch

A wave of the hand turns the lights on or off. Read more

Indian Black Palm Cladding Indian Black Palm Cladding

Boards are milled in 8-foot lengths. Read more

Self-Adhered Waterproofing Underlayment Self-Adhered Waterproofing Underlayment

Rubberized asphalt roofing underlayment from Zip System. Read more

Smart Control Switch Smart Control Switch

With a sensor insert, it can automatically turn a bathroom fan or an ERV on and off. Read more

Thermoformed Countertops Thermoformed Countertops

The quartz slabs are milled to 4mm thick and formed to the desired shape. Read more

Window-First Installation Solution Window-First Installation Solution

Integrates window flashing with Tyvek WRBs. Read more

Dual-Layered Insulated Sheathing Dual-Layered Insulated Sheathing

Combined insulation and sheathing make for one-step installation. Read more

Deck-Board Cladding Deck-Board Cladding

No staining or painting required. Read more

Architectural Siding and Trim Collection Architectural Siding and Trim Collection

James Hardie debuts nature-inspired textures for its Architectural Panels. Read more

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