Plumbing & Electrical
The New American Remodel team relied on lessons from a decade of technology improvements to create a winner in the race to zero. Here’s how they did it.
The crew sheathed the walls with ZIP System panels from Huber Engineered Woods. ZIP System panels have an air- and moisture-resistive barrier that, when used with ZIP System Flashing Tape, protects against air and water intrusion. Theflashing tape is very sticky, and technique matters. Tape in a sequence that creates overlaps that promote moisture drainage: lowest horizontal seams first; then vertical seams immediately above, overlapping at the intersections; then the next course of horizontal seams; and so on.
This retirement home packs a lot of quality construction into a small space
Products from Weil-McLain, Johnson Controls, Geberit North America, Noon Home, Flo, Hubbell TayMac, Overhead Door, Panasonic, SharkBite Plumbing Solutions, and Madison Electric Products
A drain for creating seamless, single-slope shower designs
An industry-first circuit breaker bringing smart tech to energy management
The result is a clean cutout that will be easily concealed by a standard coverplate
Tools and techniques for making perfect electrical box cutouts every time
Turning a two-person job into a one-person job
The result of an electrician being on the mend for six weeks
A look at what makes flashing tape so sticky and why the way you install it determines how well it stays stuck
LeakSmart took its existing system and turned it into a product any remodeler can install
A hands-free, worry-free system for keeping toilet bowls cleaner
Products from A.O. Smith, Bosch, Broan, Panasonic, Belkin International, Garaventa Lift, Omega Flex, SharkBite Plumbing Solutions, Air King America, Schlage, and Rheem
The kind of outlets and switches designers get excited about
A single device to bring water monitoring into the smart home technology mix
Most shower leaks occur at curbs, corners and drains. Building redundancy into the system reduces the risk.
These metal plates restore strength to joists that have encountered an overzealous plumber