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  • An Efficient Box Truck Build-Out (Subscriber content)

    An organized work vehicle can save you a ton of time and effort, and it might even double as a portable workplace.

     
  • Readers Comment on Decks, Joist Spans, and Faux Stone

    Reader comments and author replies on "Strong, Safe Decks (Sep/13), continuous joists (Q&A, Oct/13), and stone veneer (Sep/13).

     
  • Working With Large Beams (Subscriber content)

    Tips for planning and equipment that will make working with large glulam or other engineered beams easier and faster.

     
  • Building Better Eaves

    Roof overhangs can be finished in a number of materials and constructed in a wide variety of different ways. Here's what you need to know to construct eaves that will survive the test of time.

     
  • Federal Government Draws Lessons From Joplin Tornado

    A U.S. government research agency has released a long report that analyzing damage from the tornado that blasted Joplin, Missouri in spring of 2011, and suggesting ways the nation could better prepare for similar storms.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Options for Figuring Overtime (Subscriber content)

    When employees are paid different wage rates for different types of work, figuring overtime pay gets complicated. In this article, HR consultant Doug Delp explains employer options under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

     
  • Best Practices: Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer (Subscriber content)

    ACMV has been increasing in popularity as a cladding on mid-range and high-end homes for the last decade, and many of these homes are now showing signs of water-damage because the ACMV wasn’t installed correctly the first time. To avoid water damage, treat faux stone like stucco.

     
  • Award Hardwood Floors Eco-Strand Engineered Flooring

    Eco-Strand three-ply engineered flooring is made with whole small-diameter Aspen trees, which rapidly renew. A sawn-cut veneer creates a distinct wood grain top layer.

     
  • Insulated Structural Sheathing

    Zip System R-Sheathing combines a Zip panel and polyiso foam

     
  • More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.

     
  • Standard Writing Groups Sue In Copyright Claim

    Federal courts have ruled that building codes, once adopted into law, can’t be copyrighted. A new lawsuit will test whether that principle also allows free re-publishing of ASTM standards and similar industry-created consensus-based rules.

     
  • Insulated Lumber

    Trus Joist's TJ Insulated Structural Framing Components make it a little easier to build energy-efficient houses

     
  • Framing a Roof With I-Joists (Subscriber content)

    Tips and tricks for working efficiently with I-joist rafters

     
  • Roof Rules

    Reader feedback on "Roofers Face Flood of New State Laws"

     
  • Precut Framing (Subscriber content)

    Factory-cut engineered joists and rafters can reduce labor costs and job-site waste

     
  • JLC Live To Tackle Coastal Topics

    Educational sessions at the JLC Live conference will cover topics of special interest to coastal builders and remodelers.

     
  • Strengthening an old Roof

    New LVL framing straightens and stiffens an underbuilt timberframe

     
  • Wolf PVC Deckboards

    Wolf has added two tropical-hardwood colors to its PVC Deckboard collection.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking