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Performance Measurement

  • Construction Best Practices Manual

    Portland- and Seattle-based contractor Hammer & Hand provides construction best practices for high-performance building.

     
  • Preventing Shower Curb Problems

    The key is meticulous waterproofing, even where you might not think it's necessary.

     
  • That's About the Size of It

    Where does the Lowe's ruling on lumber labeling leave those of us in the construction industry?

     
  • Choosing a Whole-House Ventilation Strategy (Subscriber content)

    An update on current standards and how to meet them

     
  • October Letters

    Installing kitchen cabinets in plane, misclassifying workers, Lowe's lumber-sizing lawsuit

     
  • Steep-Slope to Low-Slope Transitions

    Doug Horgan discusses a troublesome area that frequently gets overlooked: the transition between a steep-slope roof and a low-slope roof.

     
  • Adding an Insulated Envelope (Subscriber content)

    An airtight "puff jacket" achieves near Passive House levels.

     
  • Monitoring Home Performance (Subscriber content)

    Certain home performance problems are hard to catch because you may not be at the house when they happen. Here are a few tips on how to keep tabs on condensation, temperature problems, and more.

     
  • Norbord Onsite Mobile App

    A free app helps users troubleshoot OSB problems on the jobsite.

     
  • Setting Kitchen Cabinets (Subscriber content)

    A guide to problem-free installation

     
  • JLC July Letters

    Roofing with asphalt shingles, bias against vocational education, working with caulk guns.

     
  • Conventional Roof Framing: A Code's-Eye View

    When it’s boiled down, there are essentially two standard methods of roof construction, each having some flexibility. We explore both.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Leaking Shower Pans: How Far to Go? (Subscriber content)

    If not properly detailed, tile shower pans are prone to leaking at joints. Industry expert Doug Horgan explains how to fix shower failures in a way that saves customers time, hassle, and money.

     
  • JLC June Letters

    Risinger’s recent video sparks a debate about Tyvek, and a reader takes issue with foam-slicing saws.

     
  • The "Perfect Wall" Concept

    What if I told you I could build a house that would have a life cycle of 500 years?

     
  • Roofing With Asphalt Shingles

    More than 80% of U.S. homes have asphalt shingle roofs, and though easy to install, you still need to do it right. These details and best practices will help ensure a durable roof.

     
  • Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows (Subscriber content)

    Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges.

     
  • Building Structural Brackets for a Balcony Deck (Subscriber content)

    Specialty building components expert Mike Rand provides pointers on constructing structural brackets for a balcony deck.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking