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Who Invented Cement?

Meet William Aspdin, a self-promoting swindler and con man who also happens to be... More

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Fiber-Cement Siding

Fiber-cement siding is dimensionally stable, holds paint well and, unlike wood and wood-composites, won’t cup, shrink, or swell. More

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November 2014 Letters

Emailing proposals; strapping ceilings; caulking fiber-cement joints More

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Sierra Premium Fiber-Cement Shakes From Nichiha

Shakes are now available pre-primed or prefinished in one of three... More

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Skinnier Shakes

Fiber-cement siding manufacturer Nichiha recently introduced a low-priced line of... More

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Dressing Up a Gable With a Fiber-Cement Sunburst

Full-scale layout - and a little bit of math - simplifies the process of cutting... More

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Remodeling opportunities abound; weatherization wages too low; in defense of vinyl siding; more More

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Back-Priming Fiber-Cement Siding

Q: We ordered preprimed HardiePlank lap siding to finish a project, but when it was delivered, we discovered that the backs were left unprimed. Normally, we back-prime wood clapboards, but I'm not sure this step is needed with fiber-cement siding, and the manufacturer's Web site is mute on the subject. Is back-priming necessary? More

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Best Nails for Drywall

If you use nails to attach drywall, be sure that they are up to code. More

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