July 2004 Table of Contents

Innovative Products for Builders & Remodelers

JLC's annual pick of products designed to help you work faster, better, and smarter. Read more

Pouring a Structural Slab Pouring a Structural Slab

Commercial-grade steel deck pans worked well for placing the slab on this steep-site garage addition. Read more

Preventing Chimney Cap Failure Preventing Chimney Cap Failure

Chimney caps are too often poorly detailed and are the first part of the chimney to degrade. A mason explains how to build a durable cap. Read more

Quicker Coffered Ceilings Quicker Coffered Ceilings

This production-oriented method greatly speeds this common ceiling treatment without sacrificing construction quality or aesthetics. Read more

Tool Test: Sliding Compound Miter Saws

Our tool editor looks at both single- and double-compound models with an eye toward accuracy, durability, and ease of use. Read more

Weatherstripping Existing Windows Weatherstripping Existing Windows

A California remodeler tells how he retrofits weatherstripping on existing wood windows for sound and thermal insulation. Read more


Deck ledger connections, gutters in cold climates, Porter-Cable 100 router, more Read more

In the News In the News

Cement shortage, creating a wetland, health concern about old plaster, workers comp reform in California, lightning- resistant flexible gas line Read more

Q & A
Forming a Brick Shelf in a Concrete Foundation Q&A Forming a Brick Shelf in a Concrete Foundation

Q. I'm planning to form a simple 4-foot stem wall foundation for a single-story garage using plywood, snap ties, and walers. It needs to have a brick ledge for the top 10 to 12 inches, which will show above grade. What's a simple, effective way to do this Read more

Q&A Buildup in Shower Drains

Q. Recently I've run into a couple of incidents where a crystallized white substance has formed on the shower floor and in the drain. In both cases the showers have mud-set floors and are entirely tiled. The water is from a public source. In one case, the Read more

Reducing Clearance to Woodstove Pipe Q&A Reducing Clearance to Woodstove Pipe

Q. Can I use type X "fire code" gypsum board to reduce clearances to combustibles for a woodstove pipe? For example, could I attach a layer or two of gypsum board to the side or bottom of a nearby cabinet to reduce the required 18-inch clearance? Read more

Locating a Fireplace in a Family Room with a TV Design Locating a Fireplace in a Family Room with a TV

Locating a fireplace in a family room with a TV Read more

Business Business

Managing cash flow, deciding to be competitive, employee benefits Read more

Legal Why Subs Must Carry Liability Insurance

As the general contractor, you have liability insurance to protect you from claims for bodily injury or property damage caused by your negligence. So why, you ask, is it important for your subs to have liability insurance, too? Read more

The First True Digital Clipboard Computers The First True Digital Clipboard

Tablet PC system for builders Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath Kitchen & Bath

Resources for cabinetmakers, radiant heating products; kitchen faucets Read more


Domestic water; home automation; manufactured fireplaces Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Hilti reciprocating saws; safer pump jacks; turbo sander; theft prevention Read more

Backfill Subtle Soffit Vent

We pay as much attention to the quality of our exterior trim as we do the interior trim on the upscale houses we build, so we don't want to see ugly strip vents or round metal button vents messing up the soffits. Read more

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