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Fences & Retaining Walls

  • On the Job

    Tricky miter; giant jig for big ellipses; tree protection

     
  • Best Corner Framing

    Q: What's the best way to frame outside corners?

     
  • Dressing Up a Truss Roof

    Rafter tails and gable overhangs transform an otherwise plain-looking exterior.

     
  • Air-Sealing Attics In Existing Homes

    For best results, locate the heat loss with a blower door and an infrared camera.

     
  • Installing Cable Railing

    With a couple of specialty tools, you can offer this sleek look to your high-end customers.

     
  • Innovative Products 2007

    Our annual pick of products designed to help you work smarter, faster, and better.

     
  • Air Leaks: Hidden Moisture Movers

    Along the coast where wind-blown rain is a regular weather feature, it's no surprise to builders that the exterior of a home must be carefully detailed to manage water. Properly installed housewrap and flashing are the key elements of an effective water-resistive barrier. But rainwater is not the...

     
  • Keeping an Eye on Chimneys

    Though it's but a single element, a chimney can do much to enhance a house's overall design. In its materials and form — how it rises and terminates — a successful chimney respects the context of the surrounding home.

     
  • 2006 JLC Index

    Our annual listing of features and departments.

     
  • Native Landscaping for Coastal Homes

    Drawn to the coast for its natural beauty and wildlife, yet increasingly confronted by red tides, fish kills, and contaminated beaches, many coastal residents are deeply concerned about the environment. While they cannot single-handedly save the coast, a growing number are seeking out builders and...