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Installing Flanged Windows: Two Strategies Compared (Part 2)
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Installing Flanged Windows: Two Strategies Compared (Part 2)

Gene Summy provides tips on a proper AMAA “A-1” method flashing installation Read more

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

Deck Care FAQ: Duckback
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Deck Care FAQ: Duckback

Answers to some of contractors’ most frequently asked questions about spring deck... Read more

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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

Wood Feature Wall Tips
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Wood Feature Wall Tips

A wood wall is a unique touch that can dress up any room. Here's how to do it right. Read more

Tags: Wood, Walls, Interiors
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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
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Raising Crossmembers in a Roof
Attaching Floor Framing to SIPS
Weaving a Corner With Stained Shingles
Building and Raising Exterior Walls
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Building and Raising Exterior Walls

One crew’s methods for running an efficient job Read more

Layout for Exterior Wall Framing
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Layout for Exterior Wall Framing

Working in the right order gets you ready to assemble walls more quickly Read more

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Pressure Washing Wood Roofs
Fixing a Dripping Gutter
Rodent Proofing and Insulating a Wall From the Outside
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Rodent Proofing and Insulating a Wall From the Outside

Mouse-proofing surgery on a problem wall bay Read more

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Coiling Extension Cords

Do it right and they can last 30 years Read more

Layout Lines for Exterior Walls
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Layout Lines for Exterior Walls

Get everything straight and square now to avoid headaches later Read more

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Video Series - Best Practice Drywall Video Series - Best Practice Drywall

In this seven-part video series, JLC contributor and JLC Live presenter, Myron...

Basic Wall Layout Basic Wall Layout

Veteran contractor and JLC LIVE presenter, Mike Sloggatt demonstrates effective...

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