August 2008 Table of Contents

Features
Adding Under Adding Under

With nowhere to go but down, this basement addition carves out extra living space from within the home’s existing footprint. Read more

Making the Best of Rising Energy Costs Making the Best of Rising Energy Costs

Now is a good time to refine your green strategy in a way that guarantees profit. Read more

Simple Sill Pans Simple Sill Pans

You already flash around doors and windows; you should be flashing under them, too. Read more

21st-Century Greek Revival 21st-Century Greek Revival

Use PVC trim to create a durable version of this classic cornice. Read more

Letters
Letters

Interior-design law; stabilizing steel against buckling; respect for legal immigrants Read more

News
In the News

Austin passes modest accessibility requirement for new houses; study finds pneumatic-nailer triggering has little effect on speed; builders fined for runoff; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A Does Radiant-Barrier Paint Work?

Q: My painting subcontractor is recommending Thermo-Tek, a paint the manufacturer says is a radiant barrier. What can you tell me about products like this one or similar coatings made with something called ceramic microspheres that claim to have thermal characteristics and promise significant energy savings? Read more

Q&A Building With Logs

Q: A design we're bidding on has several peeled cedar logs that function as both architectural and structural elements. Are there any rules of thumb for determining their strength so that they can be safely used without redundant grade-stamp framing - and so they meet the approval of a building inspector? Read more

Q&A Vertical I-Joists?

Q: When building a super-insulated house, one of the ways to increase insulation levels in the wall assembly is to increase the thickness of the wall. But instead of using double-wall framing, would it be okay to frame walls with I-joists? Read more

Business
Business Working the High-Rise Niche

Our company has provided remodeling and handyman services to Chicago homeowners for the past 10 years. We started out working in single-family homes, but early on an architect hired us for a large job in a high-rise apartment building. Today, high-rise work accounts for half our volume. We work in downtown Chicago, on jobs ranging from building out a closet to a $650,000 complete renovation. Read more

Legal
Legal Can a Handshake Be a Contract?

One question I hear fairly often from builders is, “Can a contract with a client be enforced if it’s not in writing?” The short answer is yes, it can. Back in the days when I worked at the legal shark shop, we enforced unwritten contracts all the time — though we sometimes ran into problems. Read more

Products
Products

Packable water-based primer; biodegradable stripper; multi-tap transformer; high-quality wall caps; more Read more

Toolbox
North Safety Products NFK14 Duro Task Plus Gloves Toolbox North Safety Products NFK14 Duro Task Plus Gloves

I recently bought a few pairs of NFK14 Duro Task Plus gloves from North Safety Products; they're quite comfortable. Read more

Capital Safety Protecta's Rebel CT Toolbox Capital Safety Protecta's Rebel CT

Falls are the No. 1 cause of accidental death for construction workers. Read more

Camelbak Hi-Viz Hydration System Toolbox Camelbak Hi-Viz Hydration System

OSHA says you should drink a cup of water every 15 minutes when working in hot weather. Read more

Malco Products TSF2 Backerboard Shear Toolbox Malco Products TSF2 Backerboard Shear

Cement-based tile backers are optimistically labeled 'score and snap,' but skinny and curving cuts can be difficult. Read more

Barrett Diamond Products Tilebit-Pro System Toolbox Barrett Diamond Products Tilebit-Pro System

Few things are more frustrating than trying to drill through porcelain tile with conventional glass or masonry drill bits Read more

Stabila's Tub and Shower Set Model 29532 Toolbox Stabila's Tub and Shower Set Model 29532

The walls of a tub enclosure can be a bit of a stretch for standard 2- and 4-foot levels. Read more

Alpha Professional Tools Smart Trowel Toolbox Alpha Professional Tools Smart Trowel

Looking for an ergonomic notched trowel? The Alpha Smart trowel has a rotating cushioned-grip handle for greater comfort and easier placement of setting materials. Read more

Ridgid 6 1/2-inch Circular Saw Toolbox Ridgid 6 1/2-inch Circular Saw

What's the point of a 6 1/2-inch circular saw? Read more

Backfill
Still Grinding After 200 Years Backfill Still Grinding After 200 Years

Andy Shrake fixes windmills. Not the newfangled kilowatt-generating type, but the all-wood grain-grinding beauties built some 200 years ago. With 14 still standing on Nantucket, Cape Cod, and Rhode Island, repairing them is a full-time job. Read more

Other Articles
JLC Extra: Simple Sill Pans - Sources of Supply

A list of companies that sell sill pans or materials for making sill pans. Read more

JLC Field Guide
Close X