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Framing

  • Concrete Lumber Co. Posts, Beams, Joists, and Decking

    Half the weight of standard concrete by volume and able to flex like wood without cracking, Concrete Lumber components are made from a patented lightweight concrete reinforced with pre-stressed wire.

     
  • Mudsill Layout for a Complex Foundation (Subscriber content)

    When it comes to laying out a complex foundation, attention to detail makes the rest of the house easier to frame.

     
  • Building Structural Brackets for a Balcony Deck (Subscriber content)

    Specialty building components expert Mike Rand provides pointers on constructing structural brackets for a balcony deck.

     
  • This list applies to new construction or a structural remodeling job. Your Job Start Package should be customized to the type of work your company does.

    How to Conduct a Job Start Review (Subscriber content)

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
  • Communities Mandate the Removal of Wood Roofing

    In an effort to curb the risk of wildfire destroying homes, more and more western communities push for the removal of existing wood roofing.

     
  • How to Safely Frame a Roof on the Ground (Subscriber content)

    To eliminate the danger and discomfort of framing and shingling a roof, Lee McGinley takes the task to the ground.

     
  • Creating a New Foundation for an Old House (Subscriber content)

    Lifting and resupporting an early-1800s home on a tight site.

     
  • Armstrong QuikStix Drywall Grid System

    Armstrong’s QuikStix pre-engineered drywall grid system uses two types of studs. The company claims the system cuts framing time in half.

     
  • JLC April Letters

    Joists in an old floor, repairing a concrete slab in an old floor, and more.

     
  • Building Freestanding Walls

    John LaTorre Jr. shows how to build a wall that's an independent structure when there are no other walls to tie into for rigidity.

     
  • The covers for the hydronic heat in this studio were fabricated and installed in less than five hours.

    Baseboard Heat Covers

    Remodeler Randal Patterson shows how to make simple wooden covers for hydronic baseboard heat.

     
  • EPA's Wood Smoke Plan Draws Fire

    Are the wood stoves allowed under the EPA's proposed wood smoke plan too costly? Depends on how you calculate the cost.

     
  • Cool Tools for 2014 From STAFDA

    Bar-raising products from the annual Specialty Tools & Fasteners Distributors Association trade show

     
  • Basement Stairs Transplant (Subscriber content)

    Stacking the basement stairs under the stairs to the second floor opens up the living space.

     
  • Fastening Deck Ledger to an I-Joist Floor

    If you need to attach a deck ledger to a house with I-Joist floors, first figure out if the rim board is structural and go from there

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking