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New Skin for an Oceanfront Dormer
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New Skin for an Oceanfront Dormer

Advanced membranes and careful detailing help this coastal house face the elements Read more

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

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

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

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

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Frost Depth for Footings
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Killing Odors in an HVAC System
Aligning Shingle Courses
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Aligning Shingle Courses
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Plantings on Leach Fields
Dealing With Shower Pan Membrane Corners
Joining Two Roofs of Different Pitches
Sizing Deck Piers
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Sizing Deck Piers
Cripple-Wall Failure
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Cripple-Wall Failure

Tens of thousands of wood-framed houses in the Bay Area were built on short... Read more

Design Principles for Exterior Woodwork
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Installing Doors Before Carpet Is Laid

Use a slightly different approach when installing doors before carpeting. 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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