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  • Manufactured Shear-Wall Components

    For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.

  • Installing Full-Frame Replacement Windows

    A window and door specialist from Chicago shares fast and efficient installation methods to ensure windows perform well and stand the test of time.

  • 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.

  • Adding Strength With Moment Frames

    Moment frames resist the force of bending or rotation with a rigid connection at the joint between the column and beam. Find out more about how these strategic assemblages can strengthen your structure.

  • Best Practices: Decks

    Over the years at JLC and our sister magazine, we have published dozens of articles focused on virtually every aspect of deck design, engineering, and construction.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Ledgers

    Improper sizing and fastening of the ledger board is the single biggest cause of deck failures.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Foundations

    Most decks can be supported by wood posts resting on concrete footings, piers, or a combination of the two.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Bracing & Sizing

    Here are some rules of thumb for bracing and sizing framing members for simple deck designs.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Railings & Connections

    Plain or fancy, a deck guardrail must meet minimum requirements for strength and safety.

  • Best Practices: Decks - Stairs

    By code in most jurisdictions, a deck stairway must be at least 36 inches wide.