Water Heater Backdrafting, Part 2 of 2: Why It’s Happening and How To Fix It

-  Most water heaters will not draft properly with this configuration. .   This fan ends up ‘pushing’ the exhaust gases up the vent, and if the water heater vent connector is located directly across from where the exhaust gases are directed, the exhaust gases from the water heater get pushed right back down. Mid-efficiency furnaces have an induced draft fan that is designed to pull the exhaust gases out of the heat exchanger for the furnace ..More

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Diamond Pier Foundation Systems

- . OK, I don’t really think standard footings are going to become a thing of the past just yet, but there’s a cool new product in town that’s making deck footings way faster and easier to install; it’s called a Diamond Pier® Foundation System ..More

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A Better Tape Measure

- .  Lowes has a similar tape measure made by Kobalt, and the May issue of The Journal of Light Construction had a full page ad featuring a new magnetic tip tape measure from Stanley. The specific tape measure that I use is the Husky 30′ tape measure with a magnetic tip ..More

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Siding Choices: Cutting Through the Clutter

-   Now, before you give up and start getting quotes on brick like the third little pig, let’s break this down a little further in the interest of keeping the price from going through the roof. . Every type of siding can be shown as awful by the competition ..More

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This Year I’m Thankful for Warm Feet

-  They’re almost too big to drive with, but not quite. . At first when you put your foot into these boots it feels like the boot is too small, but then you realize they’re super-padded and super-insulated; they’re supposed to feel like that.  It’s a lot like driving through deep snow in a four-wheel drive truck.  It feels great to put these boots on, cinch the top, then go trudging around in deep snow ..More

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