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  • Masonry Through-Wall Flashing at Windows (Subscriber content)

    Enclosing an open second-story deck above a kitchen with through-wall flashing poses some unique challenges.

     
  • Paid in Full?

    What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
  • How to Play It Safe When Approving Overtime

    Managing employees' overtime can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep your staff happy and your company out of the courtroom.

     
  • Mississippi Adopts Statewide Building Code Law

    After receiving negative attention for lax code policies, Mississippi has moved to require enforcement of model building codes statewide.

     
  • Congress Rolls Back Flood Insurance Hikes

    President Obama has signed a measure that reins in steep hikes in flood insurance under the federally-backed National Flood Insurance Program.

     
  • Have Job, Will Travel

    Unless an employee is driving to or from home, he needs to be paid for travel time.

     
  • Personal Dashboard (Subscriber content)

    Setting up a single screen with your calendar, email, and links to your favorite websites can save you hours of surfing.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Dropbox for Business provides a central administrative console where you can manage members. Members can add and edit, but they cant permanently delete files in the companys Dropbox. The administrator always has tools to recover damaged or deleted files.

    Bring Your Own Device (Subscriber content)

    BYOD is nothing new, but the potential effects on businesses are changing fast. Learn more about this trend that favors the smartphone over traditional hardware on the job site.

     
  • Raise, Don't Raze, the House

    As work heats up along U.S. coastlines to meet new flood elevations,contractors are jumping in to get new work elevating houses. Reports of dropped houses abound, but one Long Island builder has figured out how to do it right.

     
  • Mafell Erika Pull-Push Saw

    Powering an 8 7/8-inch Mafell blade, the Erika can rip like a table saw and crosscut like a sliding compound-miter saw.

     
  • New Controversy Over New York Scaffold Law

    New York State’s century-old “Scaffold Law” is back in the news, with opponents mounting a new effort to reform the safety rule.

     
  • Oklahoma High Court Upholds Workers Comp Reform

    Oklahoma’s top court will allow workers comp reform to stand — for now.

     
  • Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

    Buried and Encapsulated Ducts (Subscriber content)

    Encapsulating ducts with at least 1 1/2 inches of closed-cell spray foam substantially improves HVAC performance in all U.S. climate zones. Burying the encapsulated ducts in loose-fill attic insulation improves performance even more.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls (Subscriber content)

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

     
  • Building Above-Code Walls - Belfast, Maine, Cohousing Units (Subscriber content)

    Four design/build teams solve the puzzle of high-performance wall construction—in four different ways.

     
 
 
 
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