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A survey of new tools, products, and materials that can increase productivity and profit on your next job.
Metal brake tips
When you’re getting paid by the linear foot, you learn how to work quickly and methodically. A California carpenter reveals his hard-won tricks for hanging fascia without a helper.
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.
Good organizational skills are as important to a job’s success as technical know-how. An experienced foreman reviews the rules he and his crews follow to ensure quality while keeping the job moving.
Compact miter-saw table for framing and finish work
Exterior trim should last as long as the rest of the house. A finish carpenter describes the construction details and finishing tips he uses to make that happen.
A New England builder tells how to trim capes and colonials with low-maintenance materials, and still keep a traditional look.
Knotty grades are a lot less expensive than clear, but they are also less forgiving.
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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