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Other stories by Mark%20Parlee

  • Best Practices: Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer

    ACMV has been increasing in popularity as a cladding on mid-range and high-end homes for the last decade, and many of these homes are now showing signs of water-damage because the ACMV wasn’t installed correctly the first time. To avoid water damage, treat faux stone like stucco.

  • Mixing Cladding and Stick-On Stone

    Make sure you get the water-management details right the first time around

  • A Rot-Resistant Chimney Chase

    I do quite a bit of siding rehab work, much of it on relatively new houses.

  • Repairing a Rotting Roof

    Reducing indoor humidity was a critical first step.

  • Back-Priming Fiber-Cement Siding

    Q: We ordered preprimed HardiePlank lap siding to finish a project, but when it was delivered, we discovered that the backs were left unprimed. Normally, we back-prime wood clapboards, but I'm not sure this step is needed with fiber-cement siding, and the manufacturer's Web site is mute on the...

  • Rescuing a Manufactured-Stone Wall

    A properly flashed water-resistant drainage plane is essential when installing stone veneer over a wood-framed wall.

  • Do Fiber-Cement Butt Joints Have to Be Caulked?

    Q: The clients on an upcoming project are interested in installing fiber-cement siding, but they're concerned about how the butt joints will look. While they don't expect the tight-fitting seams characteristic of wooden clapboards, they also don't like the look of wide caulked joints. Is there a...

  • Job-Site Safety Lessons

    Experience may be the best teacher, but when it comes to matters of job-site safety, sometimes it’s better to learn from someone else’s. Here are 11 cautionary tales from JLC readers.

  • Fitting Up a Custom Saw Trailer

    Nothing like rolling the shop to the job to slash setup time. A GC tells how he built a custom saw trailer with a 14-inch radial arm saw, a large-capacity air compressor, and tons of storage space.