September-October 2023 Table of Contents

Features
Outsmarting Air From the Outside Outsmarting Air From the Outside

Doug Cameron has taken air sealing to the next level with his "block and caulk" method using fluid-applied flashing. Read more

Training the Trades
Prepping Floor and Wall Framing for Tile Prepping Floor and Wall Framing for Tile

Mike Whalen details the steps his remodeling company takes to evaluate and correct existing framing before setting tile. Read more

Q&A
Bending PVC Trim Bending PVC Trim

Nathan Nebbia runs down his process for bending solid PVC moldings with heat blankets. Read more

Hanger Options for Irregular Joists? Hanger Options for Irregular Joists?

Jake Lewandowski explains how to support uneven-width joists with metal hangers when making structural repairs in an old house. Read more

On the Job
Trimless Return for an Arch-Top Window Trimless Return for an Arch-Top Window

When the request is for a 'simple plaster look', here's how to make the transition from drywall to the window without trim. Read more

Carpentry Jigs to Speed Production Carpentry Jigs to Speed Production

Brian Campbell shares his methods for increasing both precision and productivity when performing repetitious carpentry tasks. Read more

Energy
A Better Whole-House HEPA Filtration Solution A Better Whole-House HEPA Filtration Solution

Travis Brungardt provides practical guidance on installing an indoor air filtration system that does what so many clients want these days. Read more

Tools of the Trade
Tool Test: Cordless Belt Sanders Tool Test: Cordless Belt Sanders

Gary Striegler checks out a pair of new cordless belt sanders from DeWalt and Metabo HPT. Read more

A Digital Measurer for Miter Saws A Digital Measurer for Miter Saws

Tommie Mullaney reports on Reekon's M1 Caliber, which clamps to your miter saw auxiliary fence and is designed to read with precision the measurement of any flat material. Read more

A Smart Hard Hat Solution A Smart Hard Hat Solution

Tim Uhler explains what's so great about WaveCel's T2+ Max hard hat. Read more

Decks
Deck Ledgers and Cantilevered Floor Trusses Deck Ledgers and Cantilevered Floor Trusses

You can't just bolt a deck ledger to a truss floor system without the help of an engineer, especially when the trusses cantilever past the mudsill. Read more

Framing an Octagonal Roof Framing an Octagonal Roof

Here's John Carroll's step-by-step guide to framing roofs for octagonal gazebos and other eight-sided structures. Read more

Resurfacing a Deck Resurfacing a Deck

Mark Clement shares his common-sense approach to replacing decking on an existing frame. Read more

Building a Backyard Pavilion DAY'S END Building a Backyard Pavilion

Why an elevated patio covered by a roof was a better option than a conventional wood-framed porch for this midwestern home. Read more

Backfill
 True Divided Lights True Divided Lights

176 miters, 142 copes, and 108 through-tenons were needed to make reproduction sash for 8 windows to finish the restoration of a 220-year old tavern. Read more

Products
Acrylic Surface Material Acrylic Surface Material

You can cut it with woodworking tools and even have it thermoformed. Read more

Affordable Composite Railing Affordable Composite Railing

Trex Select T-Rail comes with either aluminum or composite balusters. Read more

Hybrid Sealant Hybrid Sealant

If one of the eight standard colors doesn't suit, it can be top coated. Read more

Lightweight, Versatile Titanium Hammer Lightweight, Versatile Titanium Hammer

From Stiletto, the Trimbone hammer is equipped with a compact D-face, trim claw, and side nail puller. Read more

Engineered Hardwood Flooring Engineered Hardwood Flooring

The latest offerings from Hartco have wire-brushed surfaces. Read more

Extruded-Aluminum Cabana Kit Extruded-Aluminum Cabana Kit

The pergola has pivoting louvers adjustable by remote. Read more

Multipurpose Ceramic Wall Tile Multipurpose Ceramic Wall Tile

A two-tone geometric pattern in a large format offers plenty of design possibilities. Read more

Shou Sugi Ban Siding JLC Shou Sugi Ban Siding

Air-dried and flash-burned Japanese cypress comes in a variety of finishes. Read more

Modern Aluminum Rail Modern Aluminum Rail

Kits include balusters, two-piece base and cap rails, brackets, and hardware. Read more

Metal Roofing Tile Metal Roofing Tile

Impact- and fire-rated barrel tiles offer an alternative to a clay roof. Read more

Luxury Glass Wall Luxury Glass Wall

Stacking, pocket, and bi-fold door configurations all have large panels of glass and narrow frame profiles. Read more

Durable, Multiuse Exterior Stain Durable, Multiuse Exterior Stain

Dunn-Edwards latest solid-color exterior stain is water-based and can be tinted in 50 colors. Read more

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