May 2013 Table of Contents

Social Skills Social Skills

The hottest marketing tools out there are in social media. Think of it as word-of-mouth on steroids. Read more

Small Garage Foundation Repair Small Garage Foundation Repair

A mobile concrete mixer solved both budgetary and logistical problems Read more

Air-Sealing Without Foam Air-Sealing Without Foam

Tape is best, but the right caulk can also provide a tough, reliable seal Read more

18-Volt Brushless Impact Drivers 18-Volt Brushless Impact Drivers

High-efficiency brushless motors and better batteries push the capacity of these full-size tools further than ever Read more

TJ Shear Brace Installation Letters TJ Shear Brace Installation

A Simpson Strong-Tie rep follows up on a JLC reference to the company's anchor-bolt spacers Read more

Hot Water Piping Letters Hot Water Piping

In this letter, a reader explains his design for hot-water systems Read more

JLC Reports
JLC Report Offcuts

A new home in Dillingham, Alaska, has set a world record for the tightest residential structure ever built. Read more

JLC Report North Carolina Grapples With Local Design Restrictions

The North Carolina House of Representatives has approved a bill that would prohibit local governments from using zoning ordinances to regulate building-design elements for single-family homes or duplexes Read more

Q&A Troweling Air-Entrained Concrete

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

On The Job
Low-Profile Sidewall Flashing On the Job Low-Profile Sidewall Flashing

A less obtrusive and more durable alternative to kick-out flashings Read more

Using XactRemodel to Increase Profitability Business Using XactRemodel to Increase Profitability

The best part of this estimating software is its extensive database of item costs, says the author Read more

Wood-Grain Vinyl Products Wood-Grain Vinyl

Harvey's Better Grain finish for vinyl windows really does look like stained wood Read more

Formwork for Carpenters Products Formwork for Carpenters

Developed by a Utah contractor, the Spider Tie system is for builders and remodelers who want to do their own formwork Read more

PEX Alternative Products PEX Alternative

Zurn Pex hy-PE-RTube is flexible, so it can be made to lie flat during installation Read more

Recycled Pavers Products Recycled Pavers

Made of recycled rubber and plastic, Azek Pavers feel firm but have some give Read more

Markable Coating Products Markable Coating

Sherwin-Williams’ Dry Erase Coating can be written on with a marker, then wiped clean Read more

Fast Concrete Fix Products Fast Concrete Fix

Quikrete's Zip & Mix products can be mixed in the bag for small patching jobs Read more

Bumperless Doorstop Products Bumperless Doorstop

This hinge pin lets you set different opening angles Read more

Deck Lights Products Deck Lights

Fiberon's Accent Lights are recessed into the deck surface Read more

Residential Condensing Tank Products Residential Condensing Tank

Rheem's High-Efficiency Condensing PDV Water Heater uses high-efficiency condensing technology Read more

Bulblike LED Products Bulblike LED

The Advanced Light LED has the same look and temperature as a traditional incandescent bulb Read more

Dry Veneer Products Dry Veneer

Versetta Stone is a nonstructural stamped concrete veneer that’s installed without mortar Read more

Rubber Roof Products Rubber Roof

EuroSlate and EuroShake roofing is made from recycled rubber tires Read more

Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill/Driver Toolbox Milwaukee M18 Fuel Drill/Driver

The brushless 2603-22 is light, fast, and powerful Read more

Tune-Up App Toolbox Tune-Up App

Step-by-step coaching on how to tune and maintain power tools Read more

Second Look Toolbox Second Look

A year after it was reviewed in JLC, how is the Hilti Autofeed Drywall Screw Magazine holding up? Read more

Toolbox Werner Ladder Tech Support

The company promises to answer technical questions posted on its website within 48 hours Read more

Toolbox Copemaster Update

You can still buy parts -- and a new model is in the works Read more

Chappell Master Framer Square Toolbox Chappell Master Framer Square

This precise, American-made, stainless-steel layout instrument has unique decimal scales and patented rafter tables Read more

Backfill Smoke Signals

High-performance HVAC in the Sistine Chapel Read more

Other Articles
From the JLC Forums Patching Veneer Plaster

Tips from a thread on fixing a hole in a plaster ceiling Read more

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