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  • Ultraviolet Lamps and Improved Air Quality

    Are ultraviolet (UV) lamps in an HVAC system an effective way to disinfect the air and improve air quality?

    Journal of Light Construction April 13, 2014

     
  • Lightening Traditional Mud Flooring

    A reader asks about lightening a traditional floor mud mixture with vermiculite and sand.

    Journal of Light Construction April 13, 2014

     
  • Steam Heat vs. Hydronic Heat

    A reader ponders whether to stick with steam or convert to hydronic.

    Journal of Light Construction March 12, 2014

     
  • Insulating Outside the Foundation

    Best practices for insulating a foundation.

    Journal of Light Construction March 12, 2014

     
  • Fastening Deck Ledger to an I-Joist Floor

    If you need to attach a deck ledger to a house with I-Joist floors, first figure out if the rim board is structural and go from there

    Journal of Light Construction March 11, 2014

     
  • Wiring and Drywall

    Andy Hannan explains how to make sure that wire ends up where it’s supposed to be after drywall installation.

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2014

     
  • Level-5 Drywall Finish vs. Veneer Plaster

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2014

     
  • Landings for Deck Stairs

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2014

     
  • Q&A: The Best Way to Repair a Hole in a Concrete Slab Before Tiling Over?

    Michael Byrne, a veteran tile installer and consultant, explains two scenarios: The hole is to be covered up by something (such as a shower pan), or it will be covered directly with floor tile.

    Journal of Light Construction December 13, 2013

     
  • Q&A: Tips for Grouting Slate Tile

    Use these simple cleaning techniques when working with the textured surface of slate tile to make sure there is no haze left on the surface.

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2013

     
  • Q&A: Outlet on Boxed column

    If you box in a Lally column in a finished basement, does code require that you install an outlet there?

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2013

     
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    Simple Span Beams vs. Multiple-Span Continuous Beam

    This Q&A answers the question of whether to frame a long span as two simple spans with the joists lapped over a center beam or to use one continuous joist.

    Journal of Light Construction October 16, 2013

     
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    Dealing With Thinner Gauge Ground Wire

    A licensed electrician responds to a reader’s question about how to deal with Romex wiring for a kitchen/bath remodel in a 1960s home.

    Journal of Light Construction October 16, 2013

     
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    Replacing a Ceiling Fan-Light With a Regular Light Fixture

    Tips for getting the wiring right for a new light fixture.

    Journal of Light Construction September 11, 2013

     
  • Bad Odor in HVAC System

    That bad smell coming from your customer's A/C might be from construction dust that got onto the coils and condensate pan.

    Journal of Light Construction September 11, 2013

     
  • Field-Applied Preservatives in a Flood Zone

    Is there any preservative treatment that can be applied in the field to non-treated wood in a flood zone?

    Journal of Light Construction September 11, 2013

     
  • Pros and Cons of Epoxy Grout

    Today's epoxy grouts are less prone to sagging and discoloration and are easier to install and clean than earlier versions

    Journal of Light Construction August 09, 2013

     
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    Are Birdmouths in Rafters Necessary?

    Now that there are alternative methods using ripped strips and metal connectors, why are we still cutting birdsmouths in rafters?

    Journal of Light Construction August 09, 2013

     
  • Replace the Deck Framing or Just Re-Skin?

    A re-skin is a great lower-cost alternative to building a whole new deck, provided the existing framing is up to the task

    Journal of Light Construction July 09, 2013

     
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    Attaching Posts to a Rooftop Deck

    How to mount newel posts to a deck on a flat roof without cutting into the roof

    Journal of Light Construction July 09, 2013

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking