February-March 2015 Table of Contents

ThermaCell Heated Insoles ThermaCell Heated Insoles

Warm up your work boots with battery-powered insoles Read more

Ready Seal Deck Stain PRODUCTS Ready Seal Deck Stain

This oil-based, semi-transparent sealer and stain for wood contains less than 100 grams of VOCs per liter Read more

Aboeda ZomeTek Bamboo Decking PRODUCTS Aboeda ZomeTek Bamboo Decking

A new twist on composite decking mixes bamboo fibers with recycled plastic Read more

Flipping With Style DAY’S END Flipping With Style

A cool roll-up door salvaged from a commercial building opens to bring the outdoors in to this 1920s bungalow. Read more

Lateral Load Anchors and Mudsills Letters Lateral Load Anchors and Mudsills

Inspect sill plates for structural issues before attaching a lateral-load anchor to them Read more

Letters Eye on Safety

A reader points out that the worker on the cover of the Nov/Dec 2014 issue is not wearing proper safety gear Read more

Versatex VersaWrap Column Wrap Products Versatex VersaWrap Column Wrap

Add glue, wrap the 12x12 post, and peel off the protective tape an hour later Read more

AGS ReadyRail Stainless Steel Cable Rail Kits Products AGS ReadyRail Stainless Steel Cable Rail Kits

Prefabricated systems simplify installation Read more

Flat-Forms Products Flat-Forms

Octagonal cardboard forms for concrete piers fold up flat for storage and transport. Read more

Kebony Treated Wood Products Kebony Treated Wood

Decking is treated with "bio waste liquid" and heat to make it harder and more dimensionally stable Read more

Titan Shadow Rail Connector Products Titan Shadow Rail Connector

PVC parts connect 2x4 rails to posts, concealing the fasteners in the process Read more

Building a Freestanding Deck Building a Freestanding Deck

Solid Bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free structure. Read more

Simpson Strong-Tie SDWH Timber Hex-HDG Screws Products Simpson Strong-Tie SDWH Timber Hex-HDG Screws

Designed for heavy-duty marine and coastal applications Read more

Under-Deck Drainage Roundup Under-Deck Drainage Roundup

A variety of products are now abailable to create a dry living space below the deck. Which one is right for your job? Read more

Treated Wood Update Treated Wood Update

Today's treated wood is tough. But is it tough enough? Read more

Better Deck Piers Better Deck Piers

Part 1: Base the footing design and spacing on the deck's size, expected loads, and local soil conditions Read more

Q&A Pouring Concrete in Dry Soil

Concrete reacts with water to gain its strength. Before placing concrete in a footing hole, make sure the soil is neither too wet nor too dry, or it will affect how the concrete cures. Read the original article at jlconline.com. Read more

RX for Storage READERS' TIPS RX for Storage

An inexpensive but effective way to protect your hands from sharp objects in your toolbox Read more

Removing Grade Stamps Q&A Removing Grade Stamps

Sanding or power-washing sometimes works to rid pressure-treated decking of unsightly marks, but there is a better way Read more

Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing Structure Rules for Drilling and Notching Deck Framing

Following these simple guidelines when modifying joists, beams, and posts will prevent structural problems later on. Read more

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