Copyright (c) 2014 FineHomebuilding.com en-us Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/products-and-materials Thu, 17 Apr 2014 00:42:08 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries Fine Homebuilding - "Products And Materials" blog entries http://www.finehomebuilding.com/assets/images/cs_logo_sm.jpg http://www.finehomebuilding.com/blog/products-and-materials <![CDATA[Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 07:59:48 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22494/materials-review-everflashing-makes-deck-to-wall-transitions-more-durable-and-attractive http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22494/materials-review-everflashing-makes-deck-to-wall-transitions-more-durable-and-attractive Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive Posted by MikeGuertin
Premium deck ledger flashing is well designed and durable ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/22494/materials-review-everflashing-makes-deck-to-wall-transitions-more-durable-and-attractive
<![CDATA[Say goodbye to iLevel]]> Thu, 01 Sep 2011 12:40:20 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20169/say-goodbye-to-ilevel http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20169/say-goodbye-to-ilevel Say goodbye to iLevel Posted by JFink
In it's latest identity crisis, iLevel, the company formerly known as Weyerhaeuser, is going back to being called Weyerhaeuser. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/20169/say-goodbye-to-ilevel
<![CDATA[Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:10:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17932/indoor-airflow-perfect-balance-vs-door-undercut http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17932/indoor-airflow-perfect-balance-vs-door-undercut Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut Posted by MikeGuertin
Unbalanced indoor air movement diminishes HVAC comfort and can lead to increased energy bills. Testing identifies problems and two door treatments can solve them. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17932/indoor-airflow-perfect-balance-vs-door-undercut
<![CDATA[Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:10:44 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17575/code-compliant-guardrail-post-connections http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17575/code-compliant-guardrail-post-connections Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections Posted by MikeGuertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17575/code-compliant-guardrail-post-connections
<![CDATA[Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4678/choosing-a-chimney-flue-top-damper http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4678/choosing-a-chimney-flue-top-damper Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper Posted by MikeGuertin
Pop-up dampers and hinged dampers install and operate similarly. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/4678/choosing-a-chimney-flue-top-damper
<![CDATA[Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system]]> Mon, 16 May 2011 12:48:02 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17276/attach-a-deck-ledger-mounting-system http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17276/attach-a-deck-ledger-mounting-system Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system Posted by MikeGuertin
Attach-A-Deck spaces the ledger off the wall even on existing houses without removing the siding. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/17276/attach-a-deck-ledger-mounting-system
<![CDATA[Does It Pay to Use the Most Energy-Efficient Windows?]]> Wed, 16 Mar 2011 10:15:02 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16161/does-it-pay-to-use-the-most-energy-efficient-windows http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16161/does-it-pay-to-use-the-most-energy-efficient-windows Does It Pay to Use the Most Energy-Efficient Windows? Posted by ScottG
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? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16161/does-it-pay-to-use-the-most-energy-efficient-windows
<![CDATA[HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:40:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13062/hidfast-hidden-decking-fasteners-fast http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13062/hidfast-hidden-decking-fasteners-fast HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast! Posted by MikeGuertin
Decking is essentially flooring so why not install it using a pneumatic flooring nailer? You can now with the HIDfast decking tool and fasteners. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13062/hidfast-hidden-decking-fasteners-fast
<![CDATA[Recommended Fasteners for Decking]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:03:06 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16072/recommended-fasteners-for-decking http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16072/recommended-fasteners-for-decking Recommended Fasteners for Decking Posted by MikeGuertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16072/recommended-fasteners-for-decking
<![CDATA[Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:53:37 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16069/deck-mates-decking-specific-fasteners http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16069/deck-mates-decking-specific-fasteners Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners Posted by MikeGuertin
Many decking companies offer unique or branded hidden fasteners. Here's a list of what to look for. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/16069/deck-mates-decking-specific-fasteners
<![CDATA[Is Radiant Floor Heating the Best Way To Warm A Well-Insulated House?]]> Fri, 04 Feb 2011 11:27:10 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15823/is-radiant-floor-heating-the-best-way-to-warm-a-well-insulated-house http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15823/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? Posted by ScottG
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/15823/is-radiant-floor-heating-the-best-way-to-warm-a-well-insulated-house
<![CDATA[Are There Hidden Dangers with PEX Plumbing?]]> Thu, 16 Dec 2010 12:03:53 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14632/are-there-hidden-dangers-with-pex-plumbing http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14632/are-there-hidden-dangers-with-pex-plumbing Are There Hidden Dangers with PEX Plumbing? Posted by ScottG
Experienced builders disagree about whether there's enough information about this popular tubing's health hazards. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/14632/are-there-hidden-dangers-with-pex-plumbing
<![CDATA[What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab?]]> Thu, 04 Nov 2010 09:22:19 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13941/whats-the-best-vapor-barrier-for-a-concrete-slab http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13941/whats-the-best-vapor-barrier-for-a-concrete-slab What's the Best Vapor Barrier for a Concrete Slab? Posted by ScottG
A homeowner with chemical sensitivities who lives near a Superfund site seeks the most effective way of keeping potential toxins out of her basement ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13941/whats-the-best-vapor-barrier-for-a-concrete-slab
<![CDATA[ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts]]> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:03:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13931/thrulok-screw-in-bolts-replace-12-in-through-bolts http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13931/thrulok-screw-in-bolts-replace-12-in-through-bolts ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts Posted by MikeGuertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13931/thrulok-screw-in-bolts-replace-12-in-through-bolts
<![CDATA[Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec]]> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:07:32 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13234/pre-assembled-woven-shingle-corners-by-maibec http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13234/pre-assembled-woven-shingle-corners-by-maibec Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec Posted by MikeGuertin
Pre-cut white cedar shingles from Maibec for inside and outside woven corners will speed installation without sacrificing quality. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13234/pre-assembled-woven-shingle-corners-by-maibec
<![CDATA[Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)]]> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:37:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13149/simple-screen-gutter-guards-better-than-pro-installed-systems-and-way-cheaper http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13149/simple-screen-gutter-guards-better-than-pro-installed-systems-and-way-cheaper Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper) Posted by MikeGuertin
Consumer Reports evaluation of leaf guards confirm my suspicion, solid gutter caps don't perform as wells as humble gutter screens. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13149/simple-screen-gutter-guards-better-than-pro-installed-systems-and-way-cheaper
<![CDATA[Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window?]]> Tue, 27 Jul 2010 16:37:08 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13058/qa-spotlight-how-do-i-choose-the-best-energy-efficient-window http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13058/qa-spotlight-how-do-i-choose-the-best-energy-efficient-window Q&A Spotlight: How Do I Choose the Best Energy-Efficient Window? Posted by FHBdotcom
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/13058/qa-spotlight-how-do-i-choose-the-best-energy-efficient-window
<![CDATA[Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)]]> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 14:33:45 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12018/use-the-right-lumber-and-the-right-fasteners-and-ignore-misleading-information-and-people http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12018/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) Posted by MikeGuertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/12018/use-the-right-lumber-and-the-right-fasteners-and-ignore-misleading-information-and-people
<![CDATA[TimberSil Decking]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:59:59 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9172/timbersil-decking http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9172/timbersil-decking TimberSil Decking Posted by MikeGuertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/9172/timbersil-decking
<![CDATA[Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare?]]> Tue, 18 Aug 2009 23:55:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8754/synthetic-decking-best-buy-or-absolute-nightmare http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8754/synthetic-decking-best-buy-or-absolute-nightmare Synthetic Decking: Best Buy or Absolute Nightmare? Posted by RYagid
Synthetic decking seems to be all the rage these days. Is it really all that it's cracked up to be? ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/8754/synthetic-decking-best-buy-or-absolute-nightmare