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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • 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.

     
  • Q&A: Double-Side Vapor Barrier

    Q: As part of the gut remodel of a 1940 house near Houston, Texas, we installed 3/4-inch rigid foam over the exterior wall sheathing, followed by vinyl siding. On the interior, we exposed the 2x4 studs and installed fiberglass batts. Then we installed 1/2-inch foil-faced rigid foam followed by...

     
  • Innovative Products for 2001

    Every year, product and tool manufacturers vie for your attention with the latest, greatest releases guaranteed to help you work faster, better, cheaper. Here’s our pick for 2001.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking