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Other stories by Don%20Jackson

  • Beachside Storage Shed

    Forget the 5,000-square-foot beach house just out of sight in the photos.

  • A Master at Work

    Watching from a distance as Fred Sprinkle quickly set pilings with his excavator, I had the impression he was handling much smaller sticks of wood.

  • After Katrina: One Year Later

    A year after Katrina: voices and impressions from a region rethinking how to build

  • Weep Holes in Brick Veneer

    Are weep holes in a typical wood-frame brick-veneer home required anywhere other than at the bottom? What about over and under windows?

  • Reducing Clearance to Woodstove Pipe

    Q. Can I use type X "fire code" gypsum board to reduce clearances to combustibles for a woodstove pipe? For example, could I attach a layer or two of gypsum board to the side or bottom of a nearby cabinet to reduce the required 18-inch clearance?

  • Business: Heard at the Show

    Heard and seen at JLC Live

  • Q&A:Eaves Vents With No Soffits

    Q. I'm reroofing and residing a small home with no soffits. The customer wants to add attic ventilation. I have no problem adding the ridge vents, but there is no soffit overhang to put the eaves vents in. In fact, to have enough space for the vinyl J-cha

  • Q&A: Ice Buildup Problem

    Q. We built a custom home for a client in west Michigan a couple of years ago, and the home has had problems with ice ever since. It's a 1,450-square-foot ranch with cathedral ceilings and many can lights throughout. We used blown fiberglass insulation in the ceiling assemblies. From the beginning...

  • Shopping for Clad-Wood Casement Windows

    JLC staff take a close look at ten windows from national manufacturers.

  • Practical Foundation Waterproofing

    Combined with a working drain, this new type of plastic membrane keeps groundwater out of the foundation while allowing moisture in the concrete to evaporate to the outside. Here’s how it’s installed.