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More stories about Los Angeles-Long Beach-Santa Ana, CA

  • When is a 2x4 is not a 2x4?

    A California judge orders Lowe's to pay $1.6 million for having "unlawfully adverstised" 2x4s that aren't 2 inches by 4 inches. Turns out the suit may have had some teeth.

  • JLC July Letters

    Roofing with asphalt shingles, bias against vocational education, working with caulk guns.

  • Song of the Saw--the Other Life of the Full-Size Hand Saw

    Full-size handsaws, once indispensable to the day-to-day business of cutting lumber to size, are seldom seen on modern jobsites. But they have another, equally traditional use that persists today: as musical instruments.

  • 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.

  • JLC April Letters

    Joists in an old floor, repairing a concrete slab in an old floor, and more.

  • 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.

  • Gray Water's Time in the Sun

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

  • Proposal to Require Hot Water Pipe Insulation

    To curtail wasted water and energy, the NRDC and the UA propose that all hot water piping systems in new buildings be insulated, such as those serving lavatories, showers, dishwashers, and kitchen sinks.

  • Los Angeles Will Require Reflective “Cool” Roofing

    All new and remodeled roofs in Los Angeles will now be required to reflect sunlight, not absorb it.

  • Hougen HMD904 Magnetic Drill

    A contractor reviews this portable drill, which when equipped with annular cutters, greatly reduces the time required to drill up to 1 1/2-inch-diameter holes in steel up to 2 inches thick.