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Pete’s Products: ThermalBuck

Is ThermalBuck a face-sealed or a water-managed window installation system — or a little of both? ThermalBuck inventor John Brooks is a very clever, passionate building professional who is job-site savvy. He saw a weak component of high-performance walls: wood window bucks in exterior walls with exterior rigid insulation. His ThermalBuck system virtually eliminates that …

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Sealing Without Stickum: Gaskets Make a Place for Themselves

Compressible gaskets keep air and water barriers continuous without liquid sealants or adhesive tapes. But they don’t all last equally well. In the U.S., we tend to put a lot of faith in caulks, tapes, and wet-applied sealants. But in Europe it’s a different story. Some Gaskets can be used in place of tapes or …

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Sustainable Sealants: The Challenges of Predicting Service Life

Caulk joint sealants can be a major deciding factor in how long your building envelope lasts. Is there a better way to predict how long the sealants last? Durability, or service life, is critical to the overall performance of liquid caulk joint sealants in the water and air barriers in our buildings. If we can …

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