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A New Spin on Toilets

A New Spin on Toilets

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American Standard’s VorMax toilets use a new type of flush to clean the bowl in one sweep

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Getting Connected

Getting Connected

The world is wireless and your home can be too.

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Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System

Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System

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Collated cedar shingle panel speeds installation and has a built-in drainage gap

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Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector

Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector

Small but strong, Simpson Strongtie's DTT1Z hardware meets the new 2015 IRC deck lateral load connection figure. Plus a technical bulletin details several options for securing the connection to sills, plates, headers and studs.

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MiTek LTS19-TZ  Deck Lateral Load Connector

MiTek LTS19-TZ Deck Lateral Load Connector

MiTek's new LTS19-TZ is a long angle strap simplifies deck lateral load connections

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Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws

Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws

Need a heavy duty screw that can stand up to marine and coastal construction? Simpson Strongtie's Timber-Hex HDG can replace lag screws and bolts; and they're faster to install.

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Smart Bath-Fan Switch

Smart Bath-Fan Switch

A new bath-fan control from Panasonic makes it easier to keep indoor pollutants and humidity under control.

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Precast Footings:  EZ-Tube

Precast Footings: EZ-Tube

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Instead of getting sacks of concrete delivered, get precast EZ-Tube footing sections dropped off. Dig the hole, stack them up, start building.

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Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive

Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive

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Premium deck ledger flashing is well designed and durable

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Say goodbye to iLevel

Say goodbye to iLevel

In it's latest identity crisis, iLevel, the company formerly known as Weyerhaeuser, is going back to being called Weyerhaeuser.

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Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut

Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut

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Unbalanced indoor air movement diminishes HVAC comfort and can lead to increased energy bills. Testing identifies problems and two door treatments can solve them.

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Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections

Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections

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FHB's 'Start Your Railings Right' spring 2010 article covered the basics of securely mounting deck guardrail posts to the frame. Now an article in Professional Deck Builder magazine goes the next step - and fills in the blanks along the way.

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Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper

Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper

Pop-up dampers and hinged dampers install and operate similarly.

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Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system

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Attach-A-Deck spaces the ledger off the wall even on existing houses without removing the siding.

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Does It Pay to Use the Most Energy-Efficient Windows?

Does It Pay to Use the Most Energy-Efficient Windows?

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High-performance windows aren't cheap, but many experts say the energy savings and increased indoor comfort justify the cost. Is this really the case?

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HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!

HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!

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Decking is essentially flooring so why not install it using a pneumatic flooring nailer? You can now with the HIDfast decking tool and fasteners.

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Recommended Fasteners for Decking

Recommended Fasteners for Decking

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So what hidden fastener works with your decking? Dig deep into decking manufacturer installation instructions and you may find the answer. Or you can check this list. We checked the recommendations of over 30 decking brands and here's what we found.

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Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners

Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners

Many decking companies offer unique or branded hidden fasteners. Here's a list of what to look for.

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Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House?

Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House?

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Lukas Smith is looking for the best way to build the radiant-heating system in his new home in southern Ontario. But, feedback from folks in the forums is causing him to think twice about using radiant heat at all.

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Are There Hidden Dangers with PEX Plumbing?

Are There Hidden Dangers with PEX Plumbing?

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Experienced builders disagree about whether there's enough information about this popular tubing's health hazards.

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