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Plumbing & Electrical

  • What's the Best Trade?

    Ttop 200 careers for 2014 rated on income, work environment, stress, and hiring outlook.

  • Rookie Builder Mistakes - Part 1 - Electrical

    Have you ever lost a project because you were too "expensive"? Aren’t the plans and specs the same? How could there be such a difference in price between builders? Matt Risinger explores some reasons why.

  • Setting Kitchen Cabinets (Subscriber content)

    A guide to problem-free installation

  • i-Lighting Iluma Hardscape Retrofit Lighting

    Strips with removable LED lights are designed to be added to existing outdoor masonry features.

  • Venting a Sewage Ejector Tank

    What is the proper way to vent a system that uses a sewage ejector tank?

  • Troubleshooting: Water Heater in a Crawlspace (Subscriber content)

    Vertical limitations and code requirements make it difficult to impossible to install a water heater in a crawlspace. Here's what you need to know.

  • Safety is Personal

    A business owner learns a huge hard lesson when one of his workers is seriously hurt on the job.

  • OSHA, the Game

    OSHA releases an online video game that helps contractors and construction workers identify jobsite hazards

  • Ingenious Architecture

    A look at the cutting edge of architectural design.

  • DeWalt Dual-Speed Cordless Framing Nailer

    Several cordless finish nailers substitute flywheel power for internal combustion, but DeWalt's DCN690 and DCN692 are the first framing nailers to do so.

  • Task Lighting Angle Power Strip

    This flexible strip fits neatly into any inside corner. It’s available in various lengths and can be customized with any combination of devices.

  • Schluter Systems Ditra Heat System

    This radiant heating system provides floor warming and uncoupling in a single layer.

  • Solutions for Noisy Pipes

    Noisy pipes and the sound of rushing water inside the walls can be really annoying. Here's one easy way to totally eliminate the noise of water inside your drain pipes.

  • Video Series: Soffit Venting

    Most of the time soffit venting is done wrong. In this three-part JLC-Live video, Peter Heard explains how to do it right.

  • 18-Volt Cordless Recip Saws

    Cordless is convenient, but not if it sacrifices power and runtime. This tool test puts 10 cordless recip saws through their paces.

  • QuickTie Anchor and Cable System

    QuickTie is an anchor-and-cable system for use in seismic areas or where builders have to meet a 90-mph wind code.

  • Making the Case for Zero-Leak Ducts

    Mike MacFarland outlines the benefits of leak-free ducts.

  • Green Edge Technologies' EdgeHome System

    The EdgeHome system displays electricity use for electronic devices, allowing homeowners to see and control individual loads, thanks to controllers placed behind each outlet and switch box.

  • Ultraviolet Lamps and Improved Air Quality

    Are ultraviolet (UV) lamps in an HVAC system an effective way to disinfect the air and improve air quality?

  • Opening Day Quandary

    For many folks who live out here, showering outdoors is a cherished experience from Spring until the first hard freeze, and I have literally been counting the days up to today.

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