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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • Water-Managed Wall Systems

    No siding is waterproof, and windows can leak. So we need a backup system, and building scientist Joseph Lstiburek has the details.

     
  • Repairing Wooden Fences

    A fence repair specialist explains the basics of a profitable remodeler's niche.

     
  • Retrofitting Basements

    Building restrictions in California are prompting homeowners who want more space to add on underneath the house. A concrete contractor tells how it's done.

     
  • Q&A: Exterior Ceilings

    Q. Patio covers are standard features of nearly every home built in the Phoenix area. Standard construction is wood frame with a drywall ceiling, taped, textured, and painted. Within ten years, the taping and texturing start to separate from the drywall. Retaping and texturing might make it last a...

     
  • A Pop-Top Shed Dormer

    A remodeler describes how he created a dormer by jacking up part of an existing roof instead of building it from scratch.

     
  • Making Curved Railings

    A finish carpenter tells how he used composite and plastic materials to provide low-maintenance exterior details on a period house.

     
  • Building a Deck Over Living Space

    This contractor gets double duty from a flat roof using a carefully installed EPDM membrane and good flashing details.

     
  • Notebook

    Canadian softwood dispute, mysterious IGU failures, Ford ads attract ire of wood industry, site-built shear-wall details, DeWalt saw recall, Business Tune-Up, more

     
  • Wood Composite Decking

    Whether solid or hollow in section, these products promise durability and low maintenance without cracks or splinters.

     
  • Designing Concrete Basement Walls

    An engineer explains how wall thickness, rebar, and proper drainage all affect the ability of poured concrete foundation walls to resist lateral soil pressure.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking