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Framing

  • 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.

     
  • 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.

     
  • 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

     
  • 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.

     
  • On the Job (Subscriber content)

    Framing an octagonal vaulted ceiling.

     
  • Smith and Fong Plyboo Dimensional Lumber

    Add a bamboo accent or match a bamboo floor with this interior-grade product

     
  • New Joists for an Old Floor (Subscriber content)

    The best remedy for a sagging out-of-level floor is putting in new LVL joists and engineered subfloor.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings (Subscriber content)

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

     
  • Measuring Up

    When Milwaukee rolled out its 25-foot model 48-22-5125 magnetic tape measure last summer, most of us bought one to see if it would be a good fit. So far, we think it’s great.

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking