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Articles by Clayton DeKorne

  • Working With Thick Layers of Exterior Foam

    JLC editor Clayton DeKorne reviews the latest Department of Energy guidelines on using rigid foam insulation.

     
  • A Religious Challenge to Hard Hats

    Is worker safety more important than religious freedom? Two federal agencies stand at odds on the question.

     
  • What Will OSHA's Silica Rule Cost?

    The residential construction industry girds itself for another onslaught of OSHA regulation.

     
  • Alternative Energy Watch: In-Conduit Hyrdo

    Water flowing through city water pipes generates electricity without the environmental impacts associated with large-scale hydroelectric.

     
  • How Bad Has 60-Minutes Trashed Lumber Liquidators?

    This week, the story that aired on Sunday's 60-Minutes exploded in the building press, and has wreaked finacial havoc on the nation's largest flooring retailer.

     
  • Training Millennials for Careers in theTrades

    A missing piece of the economic puzzle is an effective system for providing high-school graduates access to good-paying, higher-skilled jobs in the trades.

     
  • What Can We Learn From Our Japanese Brothers?

    David Frane looks at homebuilding in Japan, where a surprising mix of old and new technologies create house parts, which are assembled onsite by tobi-clad carpenters in steel toe ninja boots.

     
  • Is OSHA the Next Angie's List?

    OSHA puts workplace safety data online as 'nudge' to employers.

     
  • QuietWalk Floor Underlayment

    Also available in 360-square-foot contractor rolls, this synthetic substrate for laminate floors is designed to inhibit sound transmission.

     
  • Working With Foam Subfloor Adhesive

    The pros and cons of working with DAP SmartBond polyurethane subfloor adhesive, which goes on like foam sealant but collapses to a sticky gel.

     
  • Clients from Hell

    Adam Shaf says a dispute with his former clients stems from them "not paying us for work, not because of poor workmanship."

     
  • Communities Mandate the Removal of Wood Roofing

    In an effort to curb the risk of wildfire destroying homes, more and more western communities push for the removal of existing wood roofing.

     
  • EPA Expands Oversight of Lead-Paint Rule

    Will remodelers come to dread a letter from the EPA more than one from the IRS?

     
  • Watertight Replacement Windows

    Flashing windows is not just for new construction. Here are details on how to help prevent window leaks when working around the major types of siding.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings (Subscriber content)

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

     
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    Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

     
  • Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

    Buried and Encapsulated Ducts (Subscriber content)

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

     
  • Thermal Imaging With a Blower Door (Subscriber content)

    Though it's impossible to seal every hole in an existing building to prevent air leaks, here's a procedure you can use to identify the worst leaks in order to tighten the home as cost-effectively as possible.

     
  • Best Practices: Continuous Exterior Insulation (Subscriber content)

    A guide to selecting and installing rigid foam on walls.

     
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    An Air-Sealing Priority List (Subscriber content)

    To cost-effectively meet air-sealing requirements for new construction, some leaks matter more than others. Recent research gives us some clues.