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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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Whats the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?

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A homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives near a Superfund site seeks the most effective way of keeping potential toxins out of her basement

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ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts

ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts

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FastenMaster’s new ThruLok is a screw-in bolt that replaces ½ in. through-bolts used to mount deck posts to beams and guardrail posts to the deck frame. ThruLoks will save time and $$ - I think deck builders will warm up to ThruLoks quickly.

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Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec

Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec

Pre-cut white cedar shingles from Maibec for inside and outside woven corners will speed installation without sacrificing quality.

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Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)

Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)

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Consumer Reports evaluation of leaf guards confirm my suspicion, solid gutter caps don't perform as wells as humble gutter screens.

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Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?

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There was a time when opening, closing, and letting in light was all that any good window had to do. Nowadays, windows are anything but simple.

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Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)

Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)

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Not every pressure treated board today can touch the earth. Most are only treated for above ground applications. And don't skimp on the fasteners or they may not last.

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TimberSil Decking

TimberSil Decking

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Heard of TimberSil? Wondered how it's different than ordinary pressure treated lumber? Mike Guertin tried it out on a 900 sf deck last year and reports on what it is, how it handles and the upsides and downsides.

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Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?

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Synthetic decking seems to be all the rage these days. Is it really all that it's cracked up to be?

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