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Performance Measurement

  • Products

    Toekick drawers; ductless cooktop exhaust; trimmable truss; low-profile smoke alarm; flexible cement board; light MDF; more

     
  • Ike Report Draws Lessons from Success - and Failure

     
  • Custom Door Trim On an MDF Budget

    You can mill five sets of casing from a single sheet.

     
  • Building a Ceiling Dome

    Traditional plaster finishes off this simple, elegant bit of framing.

     
  • In the News

    Energy Star adopts tougher window standards; Entran II settlement winds down; OSHA trainer charged with selling fake certificates; more

     
  • Products

    Sheathing panels; wood countertops; closet light; extra-thick PVC trim boards; corded housewrap; more

     
  • Fire-Safe Decking

    Does anyone make a fireproof deck board?

     
  • Next - A Snap-On Addition?

    Jigsaw-puzzle house

     
  • Cash-Out Refis Play Hard to Get

    Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac are getting tough on cash-out refinancings for multifamily borrowers.

     
  • Fitting Out a Custom Closet

    Adjustable rods and shelving simplify layout and construction.

     
  • Before the Aftermath

    APARTMENT FINANCE TODAY'S Multifamily Disaster Survival Guide showcases best practices for apartment owners and developers when it comes to disaster preparedness, including how best to negotiate insurance contracts.

     
  • Soundings

    Engineered Wood in Coastal Environments

     
  • Building Log Homes

    Using a kit with kiln-dried logs reduces shrinkage and results in a tighter shell.

     
  • Gluing a Glulam

    Q: For one of our projects, we need to make a solid wood attachment to a glulam beam that seems to have a special finish on it. Should we use a particular type of glue to make the connection?

     
  • Overdriven Fasteners in ZIP System Sheathing

    Q. When fastening ZIP System sheathing to wall and roof framing with our pneumatic nailers, we've found that it's difficult to keep nail heads from penetrating the applied protective barrier on the face of the panels. Won't these holes compromise the moisture barrier's integrity and lead to...

     
  • Framing Red Flags

    Catch these common framing and sheathing errors and you’ll prevent inspection failures and customer callbacks.

     
  • Credit Standards Tighten

    Fannie Mae is processing deals hand over fist this year even as it makes significant adjustments to its credit standards.

     
  • Turning Monster Posts on a Shop-Built Lathe

    When a local remodeler approached me about reproducing five porch posts for a 140-year-old house in Boulder, Colo., my interest was piqued. Despite the fact that I didn't have a lathe — much less one that could turn 10-foot posts — I took the contract, figuring I could build my own to do the job.

     
  • Writing a Best-Practice Manual

    Using a standardized set of procedures speeds installation and reduces callbacks.

     
  • Fix for Bouncy I-Joists?

    Q: Instead of glue and nails, my framing subcontractor used screws to fasten the sheathing to the I-joists of a new 14-foot-wide addition. While there are no interior walls bearing on the floor system and no excessive notching in the I-joist flanges - and the joists fall well within the APA's...

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking