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Clayton DeKorne

Clayton DeKorne rejoined JLC in July 2013 after a 15-year hiatus developing energy-code training for state energy offices. He is the founding editor of Tools of the Trades (1993) and Coastal Contractor (2004), and the founding educational director for JLC-Live (1995). Prior to joining JLC in 1988, he was a carpenter in Burlington, Vt, Annapolis, Md, and Colorado Springs, Colo. He is the author of Trim Carpentry and Built-ins (Taunton, 2002) and co-author of Finish Carpentry (Taunton, 2008)


Blogs by Clayton DeKorne

  • Fire Protection for Light-Wood Framing

    In the wake of the AvalonBay apartment fire in Edgewater, NJ, the wood industry pushes forward solutions for protecting light-weight wood framing.

  • Lessons in Building Science

    Vapor diffusion gets a lot of air time, but it plays second fiddle to air leakage.

  • Can the Housing Market Recover?

    Sales of newly built homes surged last month to the highest level since 2008. But overall the housing market's slipped.

  • Drone Building Inspections

    The future is now: Inspectors turn to small, flying robots to scope out buildings.

  • Blasting Holes in Houses

    It's not as fun as a beer cannon, but it might lead to more tornado-resistant homes.

  • Mixed Reality: The Future of Building Design?

    Is augmented reality just a smart-phone party trick or could it be solace for an increasingly populated planet?

  • Mapping Green Space

    The EPA's EnviroAtlas provides a one-stop reference for identifying everything from population density and rainfall to "impaired waterways" and acid-rain concentrations.

  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

  • Fleeing from Fire

    It's the stuff movies are are made of:  With only seconds to spare, a firefighter reaches project foreman Curtis Reissig, before a section of a blazing building collapses.

  • Have Strict Building Codes Saved Chile?

    Strict building codes and the preparedness of millions of Chileans have been credited with the low death toll after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the coast of northern Chile this week.


Articles by Clayton DeKorne