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Sawdac Newsletter: Summer 2016

July 21, 2016  By Sawdac

Jason Neal

Neal takes the reins
Jason Neal, 44, assumed the duties of executive director of SAWDAC in March. His previous experience was mainly in the world of software sales management, including time at Electrolux and Research In Motion. Neal has a B.A. in Economics from Laurentian University. As executive director, he will take over all functions from the retiring David Mitten, including serving the dealer members, marketing the association’s Window Wise and Renoworks programs and educating the membership about changes to government policy that affect them. His immediate priorities are to expand the benefits available to members and to grow SAWDAC membership across the country. Over the longer term, Neal would like to see the association offer a program similar to Window Wise for doors.

“When I met with the board, they said they were looking for someone who could add to David’s good work with the association,” Neal explains. “I liked the autonomy of the position and I like working with dealers. Dealers put so many years into their businesses – I liked the chance to offer programs that will help them.”

Doors and Windows:
Attendees were shown how to make a header drip cap flashing with end dam that would integrate well with vinyl siding.  Attendees made sample drip caps using hand-held benders.  Much discussion and experimentation centred around how an installer integrated a drip cap with end dam into a vinyl window brick mould with built-in j-channel, which is popular in Atlantic Canada.  No solution was found.

Other fenestration installation methods demonstrated were:

  • Proper methods of shimming and fastening
  • Installation of a sub-sill flashing with end dam.
  • Foam insulation application and air-sealing
  • Use of backer rod with caulking / shape of bead for best performance

Paul Martin showed photos of water damage to due mainly to poor flashing of a siding installation.  Attendees discussed why the water damage occurred and how it could have been prevented.  Flashing topics discussed were:

  • Kick-out flashings
  • Drip caps
  • Flashing a round-top window
  • Flashing around a bay window
  • Flashing at the bottom of a wall and at transition planes in the wall.
  • Flashing above a deck
  • Flashing and set-off installation of a wall plate for support of a deck.
  • Capping beams and columns
  • Dos and don’ts of capping and flashing

“A lot of topics were covered and the clinic was pressed for time.  Next time we’ll need two days.” Commented David Mitten, SAWDAC Executive-Director

SAWDAC Training in St. John’s NL
Despite delays due to a blizzard, David Mitten and Paul Martin, conducted a one-day, hands-on installation clinic in St. John’s NL on February 10, 2016.  The eleven attendees were a mix of home builders and building inspectors who were looking for more information about the various causes of poor fenestration and siding performance relative to moisture and rain-water ingress issues.

David and Paul focused on specific installation methods that a) either caused poor weather performance or b) helped solve water damage problems.

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