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  • 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

     
  • Troweling Air-Entrained Concrete

    Can hard-troweling air-entrained concrete lead to delaminations?

    Journal of Light Construction May 06, 2013

     
  • Three-Coat Stucco Over Foam

    Traditional cement-based stucco can be applied over rigid foam, as long as you get the details right

    Journal of Light Construction April 09, 2013

     
  • Patching Plaster

    Use setting compound and drywall patches to quickly repair holes in plaster

    Journal of Light Construction April 09, 2013

     
  • Vent Insulation Clearance

    What are the requirements for Type B vent pipe?

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Some roofers install underlayment vertically over short steep roof decks to provide quicker protection from the weather, but not all building inspectors will approve this practice. In general, the IRC specifies horizontal underlayment installation.

    Roofing Underlayment

    Does the direction of the underlayment matter?

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Installing Interior PVC Trim

    Tips on smoothing routed surfaces and gluing joints

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
  • Hallway Outlets

    What are the rules for eletrical outlets in hallways?

    Journal of Light Construction March 08, 2013

     
 
 
 
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