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  • Scuppers and Drains for Waterproof Decks

    The worst dry-rot damage usually occurs where drains and scuppers penetrate a deck. Here’s how to avoid it.

     
  • Gold Coat Joist Hangar Hardware

    Engineered for corrosive environments, such as right on the ocean.

     
  • Working With Roxul Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

     
  • JLC Live Preview: Tile and Concrete Decks Over Living Space

    JLC Live, the construction industry’s top technical and business conference, is coming to the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence, R. I. March 19- 22. As usual, the show will include a packed exhibit hall with hands-on demonstrations and clinics, along with a full roster of expert...

     
  • Safely Moving a Large Beam With a Forklift (Subscriber content)

    A reader writes in with concerns about safety on the job when working with forklifts

     
  • Layout for Tile Floors (Subscriber content)

    Proper layout doesn’t just mean a good-looking floor; it can save you material and installation time as well.

     
  • JLC Live Preview: Wall Bracing Hands-On Workshop

    A highlight from the upcoming JLC Live conference and trade show: a hands-on session about how to meet new code requirements for lateral bracing of walls.

     
  • Snow, Rain Cause Roof Collapses in Northeast

    A series of heavy snowstorms followed by two days of rain were too much for some roofs to handle in February.

     
  • Take the Misery out of Drywall Sanding

    Sometimes evolution is slow, but right at the end takes a big leap. Drywall sanding is one of those fortunate beneficiaries of the "finally!" phenomenon.

     
  • Common Callbacks

    What are the building blunders you see most often?  Whether it's in exterior, framing or drywall details, there is no shortage of errors to avoid.

     
  • Delta Vent SA Review

    This breathable peel & stick membrane serves as a weather & air barrier all in one.

     
  • When it comes to improving the energy efficiency of a building, lots of attention is paid to insulation R-values, thermal bridges, and air sealing. But dont forget the windows, which account for the biggest energy loss in a high-R wall.

    To Improve the Energy Performance of Walls, Look at Total R-Value (Subscriber content)

    Today’s builders are learning to mitigate thermal bridging by using alternative framing techniques, continuous exterior rigid foam products, or both.

     
  • 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

     
  • Wiring and Drywall

    Andy Hannan explains how to make sure that wire ends up where it’s supposed to be after drywall installation.

     
  • Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

     
  • Landings for Deck Stairs

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

     
  • In frozen ground, a pile can be driven normally after the ground is warmed using a proprietary heating rod.

    Helical Pile Foundations

    Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in this thread from 2012.

     
  • Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver

    The Dimpler works with your existing corded or cordless drill, giving you most of the benefits of a dedicated screw gun at a fraction of the cost.

     
  • New FatMax Tools

    Stanley has introduced several innovative hand tools lately, including the FatMax 17-ounce Anti-Vibe Framing Hammer and 25-foot Auto-Locking Tape Rule.

     
  • Beefing Up a Brooklyn Brownstone's Floors and Roof

    A 100-year-old row house’s structural brick walls are more than adequate for the building’s loads. But the floors and roof? Not so much. Here’s a look at how the architect, engineer, and builder teamed up to get modern performance from a historic structure.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking