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  • A Tale of Two Hazards

    There are no clear policies for the two biggest IAQ hazards - carbon monoxide and radon.

     
  • Building Better Eaves

    Roof overhangs can be finished in a number of materials and constructed in a wide variety of different ways. Here's what you need to know to construct eaves that will survive the test of time.

     
  • Framing a Rake Wall

    Washington-state framer, Tim Uhler, has a sound philosophy about his work: Do as little framing as possible off ladders and as much as you can while the wall is on the deck.

     
  • Universal Design Becoming Common in Bathroom Design

    Universal design for the bathroom is catching on with contractors and designers.

     
  • Builders Blitz '13

    My local builders association teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod to build one house in one week, an ambitious goal for any group. I was initially interested in swinging a hammer with the team, but they quickly recruited me to photograph the process.

     
  • Tips For Building Deck Stairs

    The stairs are one of the most important parts of a deck. If proper attention isn't paid to how they are built, they can be both hazardous and look out of place. Here are some tips on how to build stairs correctly.

     
  • Bringing Vocational Education Back to the Classroom

    Like a breath of fresh air, Fresno county's superintendent says it's time to recognize the value and professionalism of people who work with their hands.

     
  • Researchers Take A Closer Look At Wildfire

    Can homes co-exist with nature, when wildfire is part of nature? Scientists are working on the answer.

     
  • Stick-on stone worse than EIFS?

    The wall failures associated with adhered concrete masonry veneer (ACMV) are mounting and could dwarf the problems once associated with synthetic stucco.

     
  • Home Price Rises Moderate

    The housing market still has momentum, according to the latest numbers. But the price rises appear to be slowing.

     
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    Controversy Over Home Ventilation Rules

    SHRAE Standard 62.2 is the nation’s residential ventilation standard, and that’s the end of the story. Or is it?

     
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    More Wall Bracing Options Using OSB

    The Engineered Wood Association has been working to broaden the choices for using wood structural panels to achieve code-required lateral bracing in wood-frame construction. A new APA publication lays out the OSB industry’s latest recommendations for a “simplified” way to meet code.

     
  • House Rotation

    The current owners contracted to have the house placed on a new foundation … but not before rotating it 90 degrees

     
  • Beating the Principle of Accumulated Error

    It wasn't surprising that accumulated errors had added up to make the assembled cabinet unit too big to fit.

     
  • Alabama Deck Collapse Injures Spring Break Students

    A deck on a Gulf Shores, Alabama, rental property failed suddenly under the weight of students at a spring break party.

     
 
 
 
 
JLC Field Guide to Decking