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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • 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.

     
  • How to Conduct a Job Start Review (Subscriber content)

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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

     
  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter (Subscriber content)

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

     
  • Elevating Houses (Subscriber content)

    From financing to compacting fresh fill, we take an in-depth look at elevating a home.

     
  • Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.

     
  • Trex Pebble Gray Decking and Railing

    This Trex decking, which is part of the company's Select Composite system, mimics the natural graying of wood often seen on homes near the ocean.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Belfast, Maine, Cohousing Units (Subscriber content)

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Maine Single-Family Home (Subscriber content)

    The wall system shown here is an improved version of the system I used for the house I built in Knox, Maine, in 2011.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking