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Sharon O'Malley

Sharon O'Malley

Sharon O'Malley is a freelance writer based in College Park, Md. She has contributed to BUILDER for 20 years.

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Using Air to Reduce the Weight and Amount of Concrete Used in Construction Using Air to Reduce the Weight and Amount of Concrete Used in Construction

Concrete floor decks become lighter and thinner when filled with BubbleDeck’s trays of hollow plastic balls. Read more

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How to Win the Water Wars How to Win the Water Wars

Want to avoid callbacks about moisture infiltration? Deploy a mix of new and old strategies. Read more

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LED Bulb for Standard Fixtures From Phillips LED Bulb for Standard Fixtures From Phillips

Philips. Designed as a replacement for a 60-watt incandescent light bulb, the 12-watt EnduraLED looks similar to the familiar incandescent A19 bulb and screws into any standard light fixture. The manufacturer says the bulb uses 80% less energy than a traditional incandescent bulb and will last 25 times longer. The bulb delivers the same soft, white light as the incandescent bulb it replaces and works with standard household dimmers, the maker claims. 800.555.0050. www.usa.lighting.philips.com. Read more

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FSC-Certified Hardwood Decking From EARTHSOURCE FSC-Certified Hardwood Decking From EARTHSOURCE

EARTHSOURCE. FSC-certified machiche tropical hardwood decking comes in 2-foot-by-2-foot solid squares for installation on flat surfaces or in 5/4-by-6-inch planks. The open-pored, dense hardwood comes in colors ranging from yellow/tan to medium brown reds and dark reds; over time, lighter spots darken to a reddish brown hue. The wood is sourced from Mexico, Guatemala, and Belize. The material is resistant to decay-causing organisms and moderately resistant to dry-wood termites, according to the company. 800.675.7257. www.earthsourcewood.com. Read more

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Recycled-Content Decking From A.E.R.T. Recycled-Content Decking From A.E.R.T.

A.E.R.T. MoistureShield composite decking is made from 90% recycled materials, including pre-consumer kiln-dried oak mill waste, waste pallets, and construction debris. The plastics in the product include low- and high-density polyethylene from recycled milk jugs, grocery bags, detergent bottles, pallet wrap, and food packaging waste. Sixty percent of the materials that go into its deck boards and deck tiles is post-consumer, which is about two and a half times the requirement for LEED for Homes, the manufacturer claims. MoistureShield composite decking comes with a limited lifetime warranty against rot, decay, and termite damage. 866.729.2378. www.moistureshield.com. Read more

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