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  • Curing Time for Concrete Footings

    Temperature, admixtures, and fly-ash content can affect how long it takes for concrete to achieve its rated strength.

    Journal of Light Construction June 10, 2015

     
  • With SIPs, the best option is building a deck or porch that is independent of the house for support.

    Attaching a Deck to SIPs

    Though it is possible to beef up a SIP in order to attach a deck ledger, the best option is to build a freestanding deck.

    Journal of Light Construction June 09, 2015

     
  • Proper Width of Flashing Tape

    It can be tricky to determine a minimum width when the window manufacturer refers to the code or the flashing-tape instructions, and the flashing-tape instructions and the code both refer you back to the window manufacturer or flashing-tape instructions.

    Journal of Light Construction May 06, 2015

     
  • Painting Sequence for Room Interiors

    Always do the baseboard last and take care to cut in tight, straight lines.

    Journal of Light Construction May 06, 2015

     
  • Pervious-Concrete Benefits

    Using pervious concrete on a driveway can reduce runoff and meet many stormwater-management requirements. But does it need maintenance to keep functioning?

    Journal of Light Construction April 08, 2015

     
  • Curbless Shower Retrofit

    Curbless showers continue to grow in popularity, for reasons of both aesthetics and accessibility. Retrofitting one in an existing home, however, may require dropping the floor.

    Journal of Light Construction April 08, 2015

     
  • Deck Ledgers and Water Table Trim

    The 2015 IRC allows a 1-inch-maximum sheathing thickness between the ledger and band joist, but it may be simpler to remove the trim and attach the ledger to the house

    Journal of Light Construction March 09, 2015

     
  • Cutting Metal Roofing

    What tool works best?

    Journal of Light Construction March 09, 2015

     
  • Calculating Attic Ventilation

    Code requirements are based on attic square footage, but it's important to also consider volume.

    Journal of Light Construction February 17, 2015

     
  • Keeping Air Tools Going in Winter

    A few tips will help your pneumatics work better in the cold.

    Journal of Light Construction February 17, 2015

     
  • Weather Resistive Barrier Behind Brick Veneer

    Because brick is highly porous, installing the proper WRB is critical to protecting the sheathing.

    Journal of Light Construction February 12, 2015

     
  • Drawing an Ellipse

    If you're not sold on the nails-and-string method, try this one.

    Journal of Light Construction January 07, 2015

     
  • Connecting a Dishwasher Drain Hose

    Is it better to run the dishwasher drain into the kitchen sink drain or directly into the waste line?

    Journal of Light Construction January 07, 2015

     
  • Fastening Metal Roofing

    Could fasteners being driven through the valleys of the metal corrugation be the cause of a leaky roof?

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2014

     
  • Grounding Electrical Boxes

    Is using a grounding screw required when working with metal electrical boxes? And what about grounding when using plastic boxes?

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2014

     
  • Concrete Footings and Soil Moisture

    Does the moisture content of the soil in a footing hole affect how bagged concrete cures?

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2014

     
  • The Best Way to Finish an Exterior Wooden Door

    Exterior doors take a beating from both frequent use and the elements. Here's how to provide a lasting clear finish on an exterior door.

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2014

     
  • Panned Bays

    Is it OK to use a joist bay for a return-air plenum in an HVAC system?

    Journal of Light Construction November 11, 2014

     
  • Building Up Deck Posts From 2x6s

    Instead of supporting decks with treated 6x6 posts, is it OK to assemble the support columns using four treated 2x6s?

    Journal of Light Construction October 15, 2014

     
  • Pigtails for Switches?

    Is there any advantage to wiring switches with pigtails?

    Journal of Light Construction October 08, 2014