January-February 2022 Table of Contents

Features
Finishing Wood Floors With Hardening Oils Finishing Wood Floors With Hardening Oils

Michael Purser shares his hard-won experience, including labor and materials costs, applying these desirable floor finishes. Read more

An Illustrated Guide to Wildfire-Resilient Buildings An Illustrated Guide to Wildfire-Resilient Buildings

As smoke from burning Canadian forests that overspread the Northeast this week reminds us, wildfires pose a growing threat to our buildings and our health. Read more

Efficient Custom Cabinet Construction Efficient Custom Cabinet Construction

How a Maryland builder uses Lamello Zeta P2 mechanical biscuits to make shop-built cabinets that look like they were built in place. Read more

Q&A
Rules for Pipe Sleeves Through Footings Rules for Pipe Sleeves Through Footings

If you don't get the details right, a sleeve for a drain pipe or other mechanicals will weaken a concrete footing. Read more

On the Job
Detailing Rotproof Wood Exteriors Detailing Rotproof Wood Exteriors

A practical guide to common construction details that shed water and minimize moisture problems Read more

Business
Taking Design From Loss Leader to Profit Center Taking Design From Loss Leader to Profit Center

How making your design team a more valuable part of your design/build company can boost your bottom line. Read more

Troubleshooting
Fixing a Flood-Prone Basement Walkout Fixing a Flood-Prone Basement Walkout

When you can't redirect stormwater away from a house, the best solution might be to install a catch basin. Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: Metabo HPT MultiVolt Plunge Router TOOLS OF THE TRADE Tool Test: Metabo HPT MultiVolt Plunge Router

Tim Uhler checks out the only battery-powered plunge router currently on the market. Read more

Wet Saw Work Station

Founder Jesse Gionta of Jionta Products demonstrates his invention, the Wet Saw Work Station, for JLC. This tile-saw enclosure allows clean tile cuts right inside the room being tiled. No more cutting tile outside in inclement weather and treading through clients’ homes. Read more

Wood’s PowR-Grip Hand-held Vacuum Cup TOOLS OF THE TRADE Wood’s PowR-Grip Hand-held Vacuum Cup

Put handles on those heavy windows, anywhere you want. Read more

Backfill
Review: Shop Class as Soulcraft Review: Shop Class as Soulcraft

Crawford builds a convincing argument that the entire U.S. workforce suffers from the separation of thinking from doing Read more

PRODUCTS
Insulating Bathroom Substrate Insulating Bathroom Substrate

Grooves in Hottrok's rigid Tile Mat accept most heating cables. Read more

Tech-Controlled Aluminum Pergolas Tech-Controlled Aluminum Pergolas

Unexpected rain showers, no problem: Just close the louvers. Read more

Silicone Sealant Silicone Sealant

Recommended applications include using with cultured marble and in food preparation areas. Read more

Recycled MDF Panel Recycled MDF Panel

Moisture-, rot-, and insect-resistant, it can be used for nonstructural applications outdoors. Read more

Wire-Brushed Stair Treads Wire-Brushed Stair Treads

Viewrail offers a new textured finish for its Flight, Stratus, and Terrace floating stair systems. Read more

Foam-Glass Aggregate Foam-Glass Aggregate

This lightweight gravel has an insulating value of R-1.7 per compacted inch. Read more

Engineered Unfinished Flooring Engineered Unfinished Flooring

Choose from red oak, white oak, and maple. Read more

All-in-One Insulation Panel All-in-One Insulation Panel

A WRB is laminated to a graphite polystyrene insulation panel for one-step installation. Read more

Ladder Safety Accessory Ladder Safety Accessory

This 3-foot extension makes it easier and safer to move between a ladder and a roof. Read more

Fly-Ash Shake Siding Fly-Ash Shake Siding

For faster installation, these composite shakes come in lightweight 4-foot panels. Read more

Military-Style Work Hoodie Military-Style Work Hoodie

For those days when it's all about layers, here's an insulating mid-layer designed to wick moisture away. Read more

Engineered Asphalt Shingles Engineered Asphalt Shingles

Copper granules discourage algae, moss, and lichen growth. Read more

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