October 2013 Table of Contents

Features
Bracing Strategies for Wind and Seismic Loads Bracing Strategies for Wind and Seismic Loads

Earthquakes and hurricanes act differently on a building. While shearwalls and moment frames are the standard solutions for handling lateral forces on building walls, the job they have to do can vary, depending on whether they’re facing a wind load or a seismic load. Read more

Manufactured Shear-Wall Components Manufactured Shear-Wall Components

For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations. Read more

Installing Full-Frame Replacement Windows Installing Full-Frame Replacement Windows

A window and door specialist from Chicago shares fast and efficient installation methods to ensure windows perform well and stand the test of time. Read more

Best Practices: Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer Best Practices: Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer

ACMV has been increasing in popularity as a cladding on mid-range and high-end homes for the last decade, and many of these homes are now showing signs of water-damage because the ACMV wasn’t installed correctly the first time. To avoid water damage, treat faux stone like stucco. Read more

Adding Strength With Moment Frames Adding Strength With Moment Frames

Moment frames resist the force of bending or rotation with a rigid connection at the joint between the column and beam. Find out more about how these strategic assemblages can strengthen your structure. Read more

Letters
Letters Letters: Framing, Guardrails, Retrofit Toilets …

Readers sound off about the International Residential Code, deck framing, recessed can covers, and more. Read more

Q&A
Dealing With Thinner Gauge Ground Wire Q&A 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. Read more

On The Job
First Time Using R-Sheathing On the Job First Time Using R-Sheathing

This On the Job looks at a project that requires insulated R-sheathing. Read more

Business
Building a Unit Price Business Building a Unit Price

The foundation of every computerized estimating system is its database of unit prices, but how do you begin to build a price? George Weissgerber outlines the process from start to finish. Read more

Business Three Key Changes in the World of SEO

Search engines are making big changes in how they calculate page rankings. Make sure your business is in the know when it comes to SEO and the latest content marketing strategies. Read more

Energy
Top 10 Building Science Secrets Energy Top 10 Building Science Secrets

Overall, the state of the construction industry is improving. Many builders and remodelers are learning, either out of interest or coercion, about building science and how to apply it. Here are 10 secrets that will keep you ahead of the game. Read more

Products
Tapco Group Foundry Stacked Stone Collection Product Tapco Group Foundry Stacked Stone Collection

This vinyl siding is cast in molds made from North Carolina quarried stone to create the look of stone without the cost. Read more

Wayne Water Systems Sump Minder Product Wayne Water Systems Sump Minder

When there's a problem with the pump, the system sends a voice alert to the homeowner's cell phone. Read more

Schluter Kerdi Shower Tray Product Schluter Kerdi Shower Tray

Part of the company's Kerdi Shower system, the polystyrene tray is used in place of a mortar base. Read more

Greenskin Envelope Seal Product Greenskin Envelope Seal

This 17-mil polyethylene material makes quick work of flashing pipe penetrations. Read more

Armstrong Architectural Remnants Flooring Product Armstrong Architectural Remnants Flooring

The surface of the 12mm-thick laminate is embossed with the grain and texture of reclaimed wood to create an authentic look in a laminate product. Read more

Kroy by Ply Gem Column Collection Product Kroy by Ply Gem Column Collection

Molded from a Civil War-era fence, 6-inch-thick concrete blocks are simply stacked to create columns; a hollow center allows them to be slipped over a wooden post. Read more

Noble Co. Thin-Bed Drain Product Noble Co. Thin-Bed Drain

The low profile of Noble Co.'s Thin-Bed Drain makes it ideal for barrier-free applications. Read more

GE Slide-In Double Oven Gas Range Product GE Slide-In Double Oven Gas Range

Your customers can bake two different dishes at two different temperatures while using a built-in griddle and a 20,000 Btu burner on the range top. Read more

Simpson Artist Collection Doors Product Simpson Artist Collection Doors

Limited-edition designs are made in a wide variety of wood species for clients who are looking for a unique door. Read more

Reversomatic Self-Balancing HRV Deluxe Series Product Reversomatic Self-Balancing HRV Deluxe Series

Internal circuits measure airflow to keep supply and exhaust balanced in this heat recovery ventilator. Read more

American Standard Invisia Grab Bars Product American Standard Invisia Grab Bars

The company integrates grab bars with standard bath items to create a line of products that aid accessibility without looking institutional. Read more

Toolbox
An Ode to a Prized Pair of Keen Work Boots Toolbox An Ode to a Prized Pair of Keen Work Boots

A good pair of shoes deserves a review. But what happens when those trusty soles are discontinued? Mitch Greenlaw discusses his favorite pair of Keen work boots. Read more

Speedy One-Handed Clamps Toolbox Speedy One-Handed Clamps

From the potent 450 pounds of clamping force delivered by the Stanley FatMax Xtreme Auto Trigger Clamp to the extended throat of the DeWalt Rapid Return Bar Clamp, these speedy jobsite essentials can greatly increase productivity. Read more

Trimaco's Old School Heavyweight Butyl Drop Cloths Toolbox Trimaco's Old School Heavyweight Butyl Drop Cloths

Made in the U.S., these washable drop cloths consist of a tightly woven polyester/cotton fabric with a triple-coated utyl-rubber backing that helps prevent liquids from leaking through while also resisting slippage on hardwood and other solid surfaces. Read more

Makita LS0714 Sliding Compound-Miter Saw Toolbox Makita LS0714 Sliding Compound-Miter Saw

From light framing to finish carpentry, this Makita saw offers great cutting capacity and is light-weight. Read more

Stanley FatMax Powerclaw Product Stanley FatMax Powerclaw

The Powerclaw is a unique power strip that clamps to framing, ladders, or elsewhere to keep it off the ground or floor while conveniently positioning your power source. Read more

Convenient Metal-Cutting Miter Saw Product Convenient Metal-Cutting Miter Saw

Perfect for general carpentry, this easy-to-use saw slices through non-ferrous metals with ease, delivering clean, burr-free cuts. Read more

Backfill
The History of Architectural Follys Backfill The History of Architectural Follys

Architectural follies are rare in North America, but these attractive yet useless structures have been a part of European culture for centuries. Read more

Other Articles
From the Forums Preventing Drywall Patches From Telegraphing Through

This thread from the JLC Forums discusses best practices for patching nail pops and small defects in drywall so that the patch doesn't telegraph through the finish coat of paint. Read more

From the Forums Tiny Bubbles

This thread from the JLC Forums offers tips for dealing with tiny bubbles appearing in joint compound. Read more

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