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Other stories by Clayton DeKorne

  • Have Strict Building Codes Saved Chile?

    Strict building codes and the preparedness of millions of Chileans have been credited with the low death toll after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the coast of northern Chile this week.

  • Watertight Replacement Windows

    Flashing windows is not just for new construction. Here are details on how to help prevent window leaks when working around the major types of siding.

  • A Tale of Two Hazards

    There are no clear policies for the two biggest IAQ hazards - carbon monoxide and radon.

  • Gray Water's Time in the Sun

    As the California drought grinds on, renewed interest in using grey water heats up.

  • Sole Survivor. What's on Your Feet?

    Do you prefer sneakers or tennis shoes for lightness and agility on the jobsite? You might want to think twice about what you wear on your feet.

  • Can Your Homes Survive a Fire Storm?

    Some might call it an apocalypse, but engineers call it an "ember storm" - fire testing for real-world conditions.

  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings

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

  • After all these Years, "Smart House" Gets a Boost

    The announcement last week that Google is paying $3 billion to acquire Nest, a maker of Internet-connected home products, seems to have legitimized what some are calling a nascent market (but it's been around for decades).

  • 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.

  • Retrofit Exterior Foundation Insulation

    Is there a minimally invasive, cost-competitive, easily deployable method of upgrading soil-side foundation insulation in existing buildings? Read on.