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Prepping for Outdoor Patio Tile Installation

Detail the substrate properly for a long-lasting floor.

Best Practice for Stucco Parapet Caps

To ensure a waterproof installation, use adhesive between layers of waterproofing materials and pay close attention to corners and intersections.

A builder on Martha's Vineyard used this cottage for himself and his family to learn the process of building a certified passive house.

Building a Passive House for the First Time

Builder Farley Pedler delves into high-efficiency Passive House construction by building his own passive house in Martha's Vineyard, Mass.

 
 
 

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  • Pro Clima Solitex Mento Housewrap

    Vapor migrates in and out by passing along a molecular chain in the membrane.

     
  • Fastening Deck Ledger to an I-Joist Floor

    If you need to attach a deck ledger to a house with I-Joist floors, first figure out if the rim board is structural and go from there

     
  • Scuppers and Drains for Waterproof Decks

    The worst dry-rot damage usually occurs where drains and scuppers penetrate a deck. Here’s how to avoid it.

     
  • Gold Coat Joist Hangar Hardware

    Engineered for corrosive environments, such as right on the ocean.

     
  • JLC Live Preview: Tile and Concrete Decks Over Living Space

    JLC Live, the construction industry’s top technical and business conference, is coming to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R. I. March 19- 22. As usual, the show will include a packed exhibit hall with hands-on demonstrations and clinics, along with a full roster of expert...

     
  • Keep the Views with Cable Rails

    There are a range of cable railing systems available, with each manufacturer offering unique choices in posts, rails, and hardware. The slide show provides a quick introduction to some of the choices.

     
  • Video Series: Soldering a Lap Seam for a Built-In Gutter

    A sharp point is needed to control the flow and direction of the solder, especially on vertical joints. For a pyramid-tipped, acetylene-fueled soldering iron, make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a fine point.

     
  • JLC Field Guide

    The new JLC Field Guide provides an interactive reference tool accessible on mobile platforms.

     
  • Common Callbacks

    What are the building blunders you see most often?  Whether it's in exterior, framing or drywall details, there is no shortage of errors to avoid.

     
  • The Case of the Sobbing Siding

    On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough

     
  • Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

     
  • Landings for Deck Stairs

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

     
  • In frozen ground, a pile can be driven normally after the ground is warmed using a proprietary heating rod.

    Helical Pile Foundations

    Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in this thread from 2012.

     
  • Minwax Wood Finishing Cloths

    Presoaked cloths simplify small staining jobs

     
  • Tapco InSpire Aledora Roofing Tiles

    They look like slate but weigh a lot less

     
  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter (Subscriber content)

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings (Subscriber content)

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

     
  • Soldering Seams (Subscriber content)

    Regardless of the iron or tip used, soldering requires some prep work. Make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a sharp point.

     
  • How to Power Sand Crown Molding and Custom Trim Prep

    No sanders that we had looked at could tackle custom profiles effectively because their shapes simply could not conform to the trim stock.

     
  • Mesquite Hardwood Floors

    The most common choice for hardwoods in the houses I build has been white oak, so when I found out the architect had specified Mesquite, I knew I needed to video the process.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking