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Installing Prefinished Strip Flooring
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Installing Prefinished Strip Flooring

Skip the sanding but take more time for a careful install Read more

Rethinking Window Flashing
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Rethinking Window Flashing

Flashing windows the "right way" requires three sets of instructions - for the... Read more

Common Siding Failures
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Common Siding Failures

Avoid errors that will cause a fiber-cement job to fail Read more

Tags: Siding, Exteriors
Prepping Shower Walls for Tile
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Prepping Shower Walls for Tile

An experienced tile-setter uses the light-weight Schluter system to get shower... Read more

Major Surgery for a Failing Fat Wall
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Major Surgery for a Failing Fat Wall

The worst decades for building science weren’t in the 1800s; they were late 1970s... Read more

Neutral Necessity: Wiring Three-Way Switches
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Neutral Necessity: Wiring Three-Way Switches

In the latest National Electric Code, every switch box in a habitable room or... Read more

Rake Wall Framing
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Rake Wall Framing

A system for framing, sheathing, and siding rake walls on the deck, regardless of... Read more

Tags: Framing, Walls
Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts
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Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

Mike MacFarland outlines the benefits of leak-free ducts. Read more

Building Stem Wall Foundations
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Building Stem Wall Foundations

Keeping foundations in-house can make scheduling easier and improve job quality Read more

Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses
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Hydronic Heating for Low-Load Houses

With the right hardware and layout, hot-water heating saves energy and makes ideal... Read more

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Construction Workforce

Online Training Allowed for Lead Paint Recertification

With the deadline looming for RRP recertification, a simpler re-training process...

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Are You Part of Your Own Problem? Read more
Construction Jobs Inching Back

While not quite back to pre-2008 levels, construction jobs are coming back strong,...

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Construction's Exodus of Labor

Where did all the construction workers go?

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Is Using 1099 Construction Workers Worth the Risk?

The financial and litigation costs could kill your business.

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On the Job

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Top Code Violations
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Adding to Measurements for a Tight Fit
Expansion Space for Wood Floors
Supporting a Ledger From Above
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Rule of Thumb for Sizing Headers

Don't trust old adages about making a header. Read more

Tags: Engineering
Straight Saws
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Straight Saws

A little smithing can turn a nonfunctional saw back into a good performer Read more

OCD Sandpaper
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OCD Sandpaper
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Texturing Over Yellowed Drywall

Depending on how bad it is, you may need to use a stain-blocking primer before and after applying your texture. Read more

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Pressure-Testing Exit Plumbing

Balanced ventilation minimizes areas of negative pressure that can contribute to sewer gases being drawn inside through an open sewer pipe. Read more

Concrete for an ICF Foundation
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Concrete for an ICF Foundation

ICF wall defects are usually caused by poor placement practices. But the right... Read more

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JLC Field Guide

Training the Trades

Stair Builders’ Tricks of the Trade: Creating a Baseboard Curve Stair Builders’ Tricks of the Trade: Creating a Baseboard Curve

This segment in our three-part stair builders’ series has skilled craftsman Jed...

Tips for Deck Handrails Tips for Deck Handrails

Join trim carpenter Frank Caputo for another segment of composite decking tips;...

Soffit Venting Made Easy, Part 1 Soffit Venting Made Easy, Part 1

JLC Live presenter Peter Heard discusses the shortcomings of standard soffit...

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