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  • 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

     
  • Small EIFS Repairs

    A stucco contractor explains how to patch minor nicks and abrasions in EIFS while matching the original finish

    Journal of Light Construction January 14, 2013

     
  • Cleaning Old Beams

    Soda-blasting worked where oxalic acid, walnut shells, and soap and water failed

    Journal of Light Construction January 14, 2013

     
  • Roof Truss Repair

    Field repairs should always be designed by an engineer

    Journal of Light Construction January 14, 2013

     
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    Cutting Holes in Sheathing

    Openings in a braced wall could interrupt the load path

    Journal of Light Construction December 14, 2012

     
  • Reusing Loose-Fill Cellulose

    Working around existing attic insulation to seal air leaks may be more cost-effective than removing and replacing it

    Journal of Light Construction December 12, 2012

     
  • Walking on Attic Cellulose

    When framing is buried beneath loose-fill cellulose, move slowly and carefully, and fill in any excavated areas

    Journal of Light Construction November 12, 2012

     
  • illustration Pony Wall Support

    Stiffening a Pony Wall

    Rigid framing for a low wall with one freestanding end

    Journal of Light Construction November 12, 2012

     
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking