From the editors of the Journal of Light Construction
Most houses need only 100 to 200 cubic feet per minute of ventilation, which can be accomplished using kitchen and bath exhaust fans. Learn the basics in the JLC Field Guide, Chapter 7.
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PERFORMANCE OF WEATHERED OSB
OSB sheathing retains effective structural strength even after prolonged weathering has caused the surface to turn gray.
SAFE LEAD LEVELS IN SOIL NEAR A HOUSE
With proper care, homeowners can garden next to a house even if lead paint has been scraped off the building over the years.
Surround® SR Roofing Underlayment?10X stronger, lighter than 30# felt
And comparably priced. Surround SR roof underlayment won't absorb moisture and resists tearing, giving you the superior protection of a synthetic.
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GOING BEYOND THE ENERGY CODE
From Energy Star to Passive House to “deep energy retrofits,” some builders and remodelers are going above and beyond the energy code. Are you exceeding energy code minimums on your projects? Why or why not?
Thanks to all the readers who answered last month's survey. Check out the results to this and earlier surveys here.
You can add your answers to these older surveys at any time.
CRAWLSPACE TO CHIMNEY MOISTURE PATH
Here's a mystery that took half a year to solve: failing paint on cement siding near the top of a house was finally traced to a moisture problem that originated in the crawlspace.
SUBCONTRACTOR MARKUPS ON MATERIALS
Here's a ten-penny question: how should a carpentry subcontractor bill the GC for that simple, but essential, material: the nails?
FLOOR FRAMING WITH LIGHT-GAUGE STEEL
Framing with steel joists raises a host of practical issues. Here's a long discussion from two years ago that just came back to life.
Win 200 Linear Feet of RHINO Pro Gutter Guard
Each month through December, RHINO is giving away 200 feet of RHINO Pro Gutter Guard—a $2,400 retail value—to one lucky contractor! RHINO Pro Gutter Guard is serious gutter protection that's strong, dependable, and affordable. It installs on most homes in just two to three hours and comes with a 20 year no-clog warranty. Find out why RHINO has so many happy contractors, with so many happy customers. Register for your chance to win!
FIRST AID FOR FLOODED HOMES
Hurricane Irene has caused severe inland flooding from heavy rainfall, as well as storm surge flooding near the coast. The Red Cross publishes this handbook for homeowners about how to manage the emergency of a flooded house.
ROOF SHEATHING TAPE DEMONSTRATION
The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) conducted a side-by-side comparison test that demonstrates how taping the joints of roof sheathing can provide back-up waterproofing and save a home's contents during a hurricane if the shingles and underlayment blow off. Here's the video.
YANKEE GUTTERS AND BOX GUTTERS ON SLATE ROOFS
Joseph Jenkins' “Traditional Roofing” webzine offers this quick look at gutter systems built into the roof plane, or on top of it.
Simply State of the Art
Introducing the new 12″ double bevel sliding compound miter saw, equipped with an integrated XPS™ cross cut positioning system. This GUARANTEED TOUGH® DEWALT miter saw has all of the jobsite features that matter most – accuracy, durability, flexibility & portability.
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MILWAUKEE CORDLESS PLUMBING TOOLS
Plumbing contractor Patrick Hawkins puts three Milwaukee cordless tools through their paces: the 2470-21 PVC shear, the 2471-22 copper-tubing cutter, and the 2432-22 ProPEX expansion tool.
POCKET-SIZED INSPECTION SCOPE
Surprisingly affordable at $200, the VS36-10WD Video Scope from Voscope has a 2.5-inch full-color screen and a 36-inch flexible lighted probe for peering into dark hidden areas such as walls and pipes.
AMPED-UP SHEET METAL NIBBLER
The AN3500 nibbler from Kett Tool Co. can chew through 10-gauge cold-rolled sheet steel or 12-gauge stainless at a rate of 90 feet per minute.
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