Copyright (c) 2014 en-us Fine Homebuilding - MikeGuertin's posts Fine Homebuilding - MikeGuertin's posts Fri, 31 Oct 2014 01:11:53 -0500 Fine Homebuilding - MikeGuertin's posts Fine Homebuilding - MikeGuertin's posts <![CDATA[Precast Footings: EZ-Tube]]> Tue, 14 Oct 2014 20:02:07 -0500 Precast Footings:  EZ-Tube Posted by MikeGuertin
Instead of getting sacks of concrete delivered, get precast EZ-Tube footing sections dropped off. Dig the hole, stack them up, start building. ]]>
<![CDATA[CAMO Edge Pro]]> Mon, 28 Jul 2014 10:39:35 -0500 CAMO Edge Pro Posted by MikeGuertin
The CAMO Edge Pro speeds up edge-screw decking installation without bending over. ]]>
<![CDATA[CAMO Marksman Edge]]> Mon, 14 Jul 2014 18:43:46 -0500 CAMO Marksman Edge Posted by MikeGuertin
The CAMO Marksman Edge edge-screws wet pressure treated lumber even with the boards tight together. ]]>
<![CDATA[1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice]]> Sat, 21 Jun 2014 12:25:35 -0500 1.8 Million Reasons to Measure Twice Posted by MikeGuertin
Cut a board wrong and you blew a few bucks; build a house on the adjoining property and you may blow $1.8 million. ]]>
<![CDATA[DCA 6 Deck Construction Guide - New Version for 2012 IRC]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:52:45 -0500 DCA 6 Deck Construction Guide - New Version for 2012 IRC Posted by MikeGuertin
My go-to deck design and construction guide has been revised to dovetail with the 2012 International Residential Code. DCA 6 'Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide' has most of the information you need to build a code-compliant deck. ]]>
<![CDATA[Diablo Demo Demon carbide tipped recip blades]]> Fri, 13 Jun 2014 11:39:31 -0500 Diablo Demo Demon carbide tipped recip blades Posted by MikeGuertin
The right tool for the job - Demo Demon carbide tipped blades work well perform well at cutting through nail-embedded wood abrasive materials (like asphalt roofing, fibercement siding and old plaster. ]]>
<![CDATA[Composite Post Sleeve Scraps make great bird houses]]> Thu, 16 Jan 2014 08:36:54 -0500 Composite Post Sleeve Scraps make great bird houses Posted by MikeGuertin
Rather than toss post sleeve cutoffs in the trash, recycle them into bird houses in just a few minutes. ]]>
<![CDATA[Consistent Screw Setting Every Drive]]> Wed, 08 Jan 2014 10:23:16 -0500 Consistent Screw Setting Every Drive Posted by MikeGuertin
Deck Screw Depth Setter from Starborn sets consistent screw depths on more than just deck boards. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Construction Guide Reduces Southern Pine Spans]]> Mon, 16 Sep 2013 08:52:09 -0500 Deck Construction Guide Reduces Southern Pine Spans Posted by MikeGuertin
The American Wood Council reduces southern pine beam, joist and stringer spans in the DCA-6 Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide ]]>
<![CDATA[AfterShokz - Jobsite music bliss]]> Thu, 30 May 2013 08:36:56 -0500 AfterShokz - Jobsite music bliss Posted by MikeGuertin
AfterShokz headsets allow personal music listening without risking jobsite safety. ]]>
<![CDATA[Short format base cabinets and accessible storage make kitchen work for aging in-laws]]> Mon, 17 Dec 2012 17:16:22 -0500 Short format base cabinets and accessible storage make kitchen work for aging in-laws Posted by MikeGuertin
Standard 36 in. countertop height doesn't suit everyone. Short base cabinets set the countertop a few inches lower and afford height-challenged clients a comfortable working surface and easier access to upper cabinets. ]]>
<![CDATA[Future Deck Codes - Round the corner in 2015???]]> Tue, 13 Nov 2012 16:47:18 -0500 Future Deck Codes - Round the corner in 2015??? Posted by MikeGuertin
The IRC ramped up deck codes in 2009 and 2012. See what may be coming around the corner in 2015 ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Ledger Bolting Patterns Limit House to Deck Level Drop]]> Wed, 17 Oct 2012 07:40:00 -0500 Deck Ledger Bolting Patterns Limit House to Deck Level Drop Posted by MikeGuertin
The 2012 International Residential Code (IRC) includes a few new provisions that limit where you position the deck ledger in relation to the main floor of the house. Those of us in snow-prone regions who like to drop a deck one step from the inside floor level will be challenged to continue doing so. ]]>
<![CDATA[May is Deck Safety Month - Check Your Deck!]]> Thu, 26 Apr 2012 11:05:15 -0500 May is Deck Safety Month - Check Your Deck! Posted by MikeGuertin
Decks on the verge of falling down generally don’t look any different than safe decks. You have to take a close look in order to see if problems exist. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mounting Deck Ledgers to Floor Trusses]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 04:23:25 -0500 Mounting Deck Ledgers to Floor Trusses Posted by MikeGuertin
You can't just bolt or screw a deck ledger to open web floor trusses. Follow either the fabricator's detail or one from the SBCA. ]]>
<![CDATA[Mounting Deck Ledgers to Engineered Floor Systems]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 03:54:52 -0500 Mounting Deck Ledgers to Engineered Floor Systems Posted by MikeGuertin
The 2012 IRC ledger attachment schedule only works on house rim joists made of solid-sawn lumber or Douglas fir laminated veneer lumber (LVL). You can’t follow it when mounting deck ledgers to rim joists made of engineered wood products. Instead we have to look to other resources to ensure these connections are made safely. ]]>
<![CDATA[Freestanding Decks Solve Ledger Attachment Challenges]]> Thu, 29 Mar 2012 02:57:54 -0500 Freestanding Decks Solve Ledger Attachment Challenges Posted by MikeGuertin
Decks were not in the plans when many homes were built, so the framing was not designed to permit easy deck ledger attachment. Many homes framed with wood I-joists and floor trusses, for example... ]]>
<![CDATA[Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive]]> Mon, 12 Mar 2012 07:59:48 -0500 Materials Review: EverFlashing Makes Deck-to-Wall Transitions More Durable and Attractive Posted by MikeGuertin
Premium deck ledger flashing is well designed and durable ]]>
<![CDATA[Paslode CR175C Cordless Gas-Powered Roofing Nailer]]> Mon, 03 Oct 2011 07:40:26 -0500 Paslode CR175C Cordless Gas-Powered Roofing Nailer Posted by MikeGuertin
Cordless comes to roofing with the Paslode CR175C gas powered roofing nailer. It excels at prep work, wrap-up work and small roof jobs. ]]>
<![CDATA[2012 IRC Codifies Window and Door Pan Flashings]]> Fri, 30 Sep 2011 08:10:42 -0500 2012 IRC Codifies Window and Door Pan Flashings Posted by MikeGuertin
Window and door flashing best-practices are now code-minimum practices in the 2012 IRC ]]>
<![CDATA[Step Flashings - Code calls for 4 in. legs]]> Sun, 14 Aug 2011 16:20:00 -0500 Step Flashings - Code calls for 4 in. legs Posted by MikeGuertin
The 2009 IRC now has prescriptive step flashing size requirements. They're still puny and don't meet my sniff test but it's a step in the right direction. ]]>
<![CDATA[Indoor Airflow - Perfect Balance vs. Door Undercut]]> Sat, 30 Jul 2011 20:10:00 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Code-Compliant Guardrail Post Connections]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 12:10:44 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper]]> Wed, 01 Jun 2011 09:00:00 -0500 Choosing a Chimney Flue-Top Damper Posted by MikeGuertin
Pop-up dampers and hinged dampers install and operate similarly. ]]>
<![CDATA[Attach-A-Deck ledger mounting system]]> Mon, 16 May 2011 12:48:02 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[HIDfast - Hidden Decking Fasteners > Fast!]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:40:00 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Eliminator]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:29:31 -0500 The Eliminator Posted by MikeGuertin
The Eliminator hidden fastener installation tool comes in two versions. One model works exclusively on the Mantis hidden decking fastener and the other works on several fasteners. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tiger Claw Installation Gun]]> Fri, 11 Mar 2011 16:14:29 -0500 Tiger Claw Installation Gun Posted by MikeGuertin
Well known for their hidden decking fasteners, Tiger Claw offers the Tiger Claw Installation Gun. It's a metal connector style nailer with a specially designed nosepiece that grooved board fasteners clip onto. ]]>
<![CDATA[Automatic Speed]]> Thu, 10 Mar 2011 09:10:00 -0500 Automatic Speed Posted by MikeGuertin
I’ve just about given up installing hidden fasteners by hand. Now I use a semi-automatic or automatic pneumatic tools to mount grooved decking fasteners or specially designed fasteners. It’s a fast-changing part of the deck business and one to keep your eyes on. ]]>
<![CDATA[Recommended Fasteners for Decking]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 22:03:06 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Mates - Decking specific fasteners]]> Wed, 09 Mar 2011 21:53:37 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[OSHA Relaxes Residential Fall Protection Requirements - Sort of]]> Fri, 07 Jan 2011 21:03:44 -0500 OSHA Relaxes Residential Fall Protection Requirements - Sort of Posted by MikeGuertin
In 94 OSHA started ramping up fall protection requirements for residential construction leaving most of us baffled how to comply. Now OSHA is reverting to an older, more relaxed standard. ]]>
<![CDATA[Inswing or Outswing Doors?]]> Wed, 05 Jan 2011 02:47:17 -0500 Inswing or Outswing Doors? Posted by MikeGuertin
Hinged entry doors can swing in or swing out. Which style is best for sealing out weather and thwarting would be thieves? ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Ledger Bolting by the Code]]> Sun, 12 Dec 2010 13:41:56 -0500 Deck Ledger Bolting by the Code Posted by MikeGuertin
Rule-of-thumb deck ledger fastening is out and the code is in. Now the International Residential Code 2009 has a table to follow for bolting and lag screwing. ]]>
<![CDATA[FastCap Hammer Holster]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 12:12:44 -0500 FastCap Hammer Holster Posted by MikeGuertin
FastCap Hammer Holster replaces a conventional hammer hook with a few extra features and benefits. ]]>
<![CDATA[Quick Change Nail Set]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:57:07 -0500 Quick Change Nail Set Posted by MikeGuertin
The Bostitch Quick Change Nail Set gives you two sized set tips with just a flip. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bostitch Twin Blade Knife]]> Sun, 28 Nov 2010 11:43:28 -0500 Bostitch Twin Blade Knife Posted by MikeGuertin
The Bostitch Twin Blade Knife gives you two blades at your fingertips in an instant - what's not to like? ]]>
<![CDATA[Disaster Safety Will Blow You Away]]> Tue, 19 Oct 2010 10:02:53 -0500 Disaster Safety Will Blow You Away Posted by MikeGuertin
The Institute for Business and Home Safety (IBHS) research facility is large enough to fit two full sized 2-story homes for wind testing - see the results. ]]>
<![CDATA[ThruLok screw-in bolts replace 1/2 in. through-bolts]]> Thu, 14 Oct 2010 10:03:07 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Power Hand pulls and pushes deck boards together]]> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 18:10:00 -0500 Power Hand pulls and pushes deck boards together Posted by MikeGuertin
The Power Hand is a specialized bar clamp for installing deck boards. ]]>
<![CDATA[Tiger Jaw Deck Board Tool]]> Tue, 28 Sep 2010 08:13:55 -0500 Tiger Jaw Deck Board Tool Posted by MikeGuertin
The Tiger Jaw pulls deck boards together with ease whether you're installing hidden fasteners or straightening a warped board. ]]>
<![CDATA[Pre-assembled Woven Shingle Corners by Maibec]]> Wed, 25 Aug 2010 12:07:32 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Simple Screen Gutter Guards Better Than Pro-Installed Systems (and way cheaper)]]> Tue, 17 Aug 2010 09:37:00 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down?]]> Thu, 29 Jul 2010 16:30:08 -0500 Bark Side Up or Bark Side Down? Posted by MikeGuertin
So when you install pressure treated, flat sawn, wood decking, do you face the bark side up or bark side down? Ask ten people and half will likely say ‘bark-side-up,’ a few will say ‘bark-side-down’ and the rest will shrug their shoulders. For some direction, we can turn to wood scientists – they actually study stuff like this. ]]>
<![CDATA['Concealed' Screwed-Down Decking]]> Tue, 22 Jun 2010 08:27:55 -0500 'Concealed' Screwed-Down Decking Posted by MikeGuertin
Want the look of hidden fastener attached decking and the positive anchoring you get with screws? Then check out the Kreg Deck Jig. ]]>
<![CDATA[The Goal of a Finished Railing]]> Mon, 24 May 2010 15:34:05 -0500 The Goal of a Finished Railing Posted by MikeGuertin
In "Start Your Railing Right" (FHB 212 pp 67-69), Mike Guertin describes the details for securing guardrail posts to the deck frame. Here he describes a novel method for detailing the infill between posts. ]]>
<![CDATA[Use the Right lumber and the Right fasteners and ignore misleading information (and people)]]> Fri, 16 Apr 2010 14:33:45 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Clean Crosscuts with Fiber Cement Shear]]> Thu, 14 Jan 2010 21:31:55 -0500 Clean Crosscuts with Fiber Cement Shear Posted by MikeGuertin
Malco's fiber cement cutter shears panels without dust, electricity or battery power. ]]>
<![CDATA[7 Rules for Remodelers]]> Wed, 30 Dec 2009 11:23:09 -0500 7 Rules for Remodelers Posted by MikeGuertin
Ensure success and happy clients by following these important guidelines before the work begins on any remodel project ]]>
<![CDATA[Free Deck Construction Guide]]> Sat, 14 Nov 2009 19:35:09 -0500 Free Deck Construction Guide Posted by MikeGuertin
The AFPA has a new version of the Prescriptive Residential Wood Deck Construction Guide – DCA 6 ]]>
<![CDATA[Deck Construction book ala Code]]> Wed, 21 Oct 2009 07:55:00 -0500 Deck Construction book ala Code Posted by MikeGuertin
New book from ICC cuts through 850+ pages of the IRC and gets down to where the business of building decks intersects with the code. And an added plus – it deciphers code language with discussion. ]]>
<![CDATA[A (Complete) Guide to Estimating Energy Efficiency Payback]]> Fri, 18 Sep 2009 15:55:00 -0500 MikeGuertin
This time its payback. Consider these variables when when estimating the cost savings of an energy efficiency upgrade to your home ]]>
<![CDATA[TimberSil Decking]]> Thu, 27 Aug 2009 08:59:59 -0500 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. ]]>
<![CDATA[Polystyrene Foam Panels: Green Yesterday, Not Today]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2009 18:09:34 -0500 Polystyrene Foam Panels: Green Yesterday, Not Today Posted by MikeGuertin
Environmental Building News article highlights health and environmental safety issue with EPS and XPS foam. ]]>
<![CDATA[From Scraps to Studs]]> Mon, 03 Aug 2009 17:28:03 -0500 From Scraps to Studs Posted by MikeGuertin
You’ve heard of a See Saw but how about a SEE Stud? Turn your stud scraps into engineered lumber right on the jobsite. ]]>
<![CDATA[Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset]]> Fri, 17 Jul 2009 16:40:07 -0500 Set Tile Without Mastic or Thinset Posted by MikeGuertin
Skip the mess and stick ceramic tile right to the wall using a new peel and stick mat. ]]>
<![CDATA[2009 Deck Code Changes - Pay Attention!]]> Thu, 21 May 2009 06:36:25 -0500 2009 Deck Code Changes - Pay Attention! Posted by MikeGuertin
The 2009 International Residential Code (IRC) has a number of big changes when it comes to framing decks. If your state, county or town will be adopting the ’09 IRC you’d better take a look at a copy of the code before you get a code violation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Green Driveway Paving]]> Mon, 18 May 2009 12:22:20 -0500 Green Driveway Paving Posted by MikeGuertin
Many driveways are oversized to provide extra room for backing and turning and parking for occasional guests. Excess pavement often overwhelms a small lot and increases storm water runoff. On a recent project I used blacktop pavement for the high traffic area with Turfstone ™, a green pervious paving alternative around the perimeter for extra swing room when turning and extra off-street parking. ]]>
<![CDATA[How to Install Blocking to Anchor Cabinets Solidly]]> Wed, 29 Apr 2009 09:00:00 -0500 How to Install Blocking to Anchor Cabinets Solidly Posted by MikeGuertin
Horizontal blocking installed between studs makes for a more secure cabinet installation. ]]>
<![CDATA[Kickout Flashing: How to Flash Troublesome Roof-to-Wall Intersections]]> Thu, 05 Mar 2009 14:14:28 -0500 Kickout Flashing: How to Flash Troublesome Roof-to-Wall Intersections Posted by MikeGuertin
I use redundant layers of flashing integrated into the housewrap to keep water from getting behind exterior cladding; a kickout flashing directs water into the gutter. The process might seem overcomplicated at first, but the minor expense in time is much better than having to tackle rot repairs down the road. ]]>