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  • Durable Substrates for Thinset Tile

    Behind every attractive tile job is a durable substrate. A master tiler shows how proper use of backerboard and waterproof membranes ensures a lasting finish at tubs, countertops, and floors.

  • Caulking Joints in Masonry

    Where wood and metal meet masonry, a caulked joint is often the only way to keep the water out. Here’s how to ensure durable, waterproof joints.

  • Job-Site Wood Glues

    With so many types of glue on the shelf, how do you choose the right one? A long-time finish subcontractor explains which adhesives work best inside and out.

  • Q&A: Tile Over OSB and Underlayment?

    Q: It is my understanding that plywood and OSB should always be installed with space between the sheets for expansion. Apparently, always isn’t always. I am just now beginning a project on an unfinished house in New England that has had the 1-inch OSB subflooring glued and nailed to the joists...

  • Controlling Cracks in Concrete Slabs

    It’s inevitable: A concrete slab is going to crack. But how much it cracks, and where, depends on the amount of water in the mix, where you place control joints, and how you finish the slab. Here’s what you need to know for good results.

  • Leakproof Flashings for Masonry Chimneys

    Don’t take the easy way out when retrofitting flashing to an existing chimney. This proven technique from a veteran roofer locks the flashing in place for a watertight seal.

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  • Radiant Slab on a Tight Budget

    Depending on availability, proprietary gypsum-based thin slabs can be expensive. A hydronic engineer describes an innovative, cost-effective approach to pouring a radiant slab.

  • On Site With PrimeTrim

    This composite trim material is free of defects, and its preprimed surface holds paint longer than solid wood. But to ensure good performance, you must install it correctly.

  • Tips and Techniques From JLC-LIVE!

    Working contractors and industry experts alike conducted seminars at this year’s Construction Business & Technology Conference. Here’s a sampling of the practical advice they shared with attendees.