Copyright (c) 2015 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 Mon, 25 May 2015 01:00:16 -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[A New Spin on Toilets]]> Wed, 20 May 2015 12:51:29 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109564/a-new-spin-on-toilets http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109564/a-new-spin-on-toilets A New Spin on Toilets Posted by DebSilber
American Standard’s VorMax toilets use a new type of flush to clean the bowl in one sweep ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/109564/a-new-spin-on-toilets
<![CDATA[Getting Connected]]> Mon, 06 Apr 2015 16:10:40 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103713/getting-connected http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103713/getting-connected Getting Connected Posted by Matt_Higgins
The world is wireless and your home can be too. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/103713/getting-connected
<![CDATA[Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System]]> Sun, 22 Mar 2015 15:20:54 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/74340/ecoshel-smart-shingle-system http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/74340/ecoshel-smart-shingle-system Ecoshel Smart-Shingle System Posted by Mike_Guertin
Collated cedar shingle panel speeds installation and has a built-in drainage gap ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/74340/ecoshel-smart-shingle-system
<![CDATA[Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:50:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73224/simpson-strongtie-dtt1z-deck-lateral-load-connector http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73224/simpson-strongtie-dtt1z-deck-lateral-load-connector Simpson Strongtie DTT1Z Deck Lateral Load Connector Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73224/simpson-strongtie-dtt1z-deck-lateral-load-connector
<![CDATA[MiTek LTS19-TZ Deck Lateral Load Connector]]> Fri, 20 Feb 2015 09:30:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73218/mitek-lts19-tz-deck-lateral-load-connector http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73218/mitek-lts19-tz-deck-lateral-load-connector MiTek LTS19-TZ  Deck Lateral Load Connector Posted by Mike_Guertin
MiTek's new LTS19-TZ is a long angle strap simplifies deck lateral load connections ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73218/mitek-lts19-tz-deck-lateral-load-connector
<![CDATA[Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws]]> Sun, 15 Feb 2015 10:40:00 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73228/strong-drive-timberhex-hdg-screws http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73228/strong-drive-timberhex-hdg-screws Strong-Drive TimberHex HDG screws Posted by Mike_Guertin
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. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/73228/strong-drive-timberhex-hdg-screws
<![CDATA[Smart Bath-Fan Switch]]> Mon, 01 Dec 2014 13:00:33 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38609/smart-bath-fan-switch http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38609/smart-bath-fan-switch Smart Bath-Fan Switch Posted by patrick_mccombe
A new bath-fan control from Panasonic makes it easier to keep indoor pollutants and humidity under control. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/38609/smart-bath-fan-switch
<![CDATA[Precast Footings: EZ-Tube]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:02:07 -0500 http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37770/precast-footings-ez-tube http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37770/precast-footings-ez-tube Precast Footings:  EZ-Tube Posted by Mike_Guertin
Instead of getting sacks of concrete delivered, get precast EZ-Tube footing sections dropped off. Dig the hole, stack them up, start building. ]]>
http://www.finehomebuilding.com/item/37770/precast-footings-ez-tube
<![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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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 Mike_Guertin
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