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Best Practices Guide to Residential Construction


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Preface ix Acknowledgments xi Chapter 1 Exterior Finish 1 Rain-Screen Principle 2 Sheathing Wrap 3 Flashing Membranes 5 Wall Flashing 6 Wood Sidings 9 Wood Shingles and Shakes 15 Fiber-Cement Siding 19 Vinyl Siding 21 Stucco 24 Wood and Composite Trim 29 Trim Details 36 Caulks and Sealants 37 Exterior Adhesives 40 Exterior Wood Finishes 42 Resources 47 Chapter 2 Roofing 51 Asphalt Shingles 51 Clay, Concrete, and Composite Tile 62 Metal Roofing 74 Modular Shingles 80 Wood Shakes and Shingles 85 Low-Slope Roofing 94 Walkable Roofing Membranes 96 Roof Ventilation 97 Resources 101 Chapter 3 Windows and Doors 103 Window Types 103 Window Materials and Construction 105 Window Energy Efficiency 112 Window Flashing 119 Skylights 123 Exterior Doors 127 Resources 132 Chapter 4 Decks and Porches 135 Framing Materials 135 Decking Materials 137 Fasteners 141 Construction Details 144 Rooftop Decks 150 Covered and Screened Porches 151 Finishes for Decking 154 Resources 156 Chapter 5 Interior Finish 159 Drywall 159 Wood Floors 164 Resilient Flooring 176 Laminate Flooring 179 Carpeting 180 Interior Trim 183 Interior Doors 186 Stains and Clear Finishes 188 Sound Control 188 Lighting 194 Resources 206 Chapter 6 Kitchen and Bath 209 Kitchen Design Basics 209 Bathroom Design Basics 217 Kitchen and Bath Flooring 223 Ceramic and Stone Tile 227 Kitchen Cabinets 244 Countertops 247 Plumbing Fixtures 251 Kitchen and Bath Ventilation 261 Resources 264 Chapter 7 Indoor Air Quality 267 Overview 267 Whole-House Ventilation Strategies 270 Air Cleaning Strategies 277 Common Indoor Pollutants and Sources 281 Resources 297 Index 299

About the Author

STEVEN BLISS served as editorial director of The Journal of Light Construction for more than sixteen years and construction technology editor of Progressive Builder and Solar Age magazines. He worked in the building trades as a carpenter and design/build contractor for more than ten years and holds a masters degree from the Harvard Graduate School of Education.


"This comprehensive guide just may set the standard for years to come." (Green Builder, October 2006) "By using the Guide, residential building professionals have access to a source of objective information that takes the guesswork out of selecting products and materials?." (ToolBase News, Vol. 11, Issue 2) "Readable, practical, and most of all, highly applicable?.." (Old-House Journal, May-June 2006)

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