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While good-quality finish lumber has grown more scarce and expensive, the lumber industry has been developing wood-based engineered alternatives. Here’s an overview of the best options on the market today.
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Compact miter-saw table for framing and finish work
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A New England builder tells how to trim capes and colonials with low-maintenance materials, and still keep a traditional look.
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This 50-year-old product has taken its share of knocks. Is it because of inherent problems or because installers and owners aren't holding up their end of the deal? JLC takes a look.
A full report on siding failures and how to avoid them—based on extensive field experience.
From its early days of fading and cracking, vinyl has come a long way in quality and versatility.
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