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Concrete & Masonry

  • Studying Moisture in Fat Walls (Subscriber content)

    Comparing the performance of a cellulose-insulated double wall against the same wall insulated with two different thicknesses of low-density open-cell spray foam.

     
  • JLC June Letters

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

     
  • Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation (Subscriber content)

    When it comes to laying out a complex foundation, attention to detail makes the rest of the house easier to frame.

     
  • 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 Outside the Foundation

    Best practices for insulating a foundation.

     
  • Pro Clima Solitex Mento Housewrap

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

     
  • Gold Coat Joist Hangar Hardware

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

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking