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Building a Federal Mantel

For production efficiency, break the job down into components Read more

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What Are You Doing With Your Life?

Can you remember all the excitement ... and pain ... when you were... Read more

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Creating Consistency

Even in the best companies, turnover occurs. This can be a cause for panic (“How can we get out payroll if Lee isn’t here?”) and confusion (“Where would I find the payables report?”) when there are... Read more

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Getting Out of the Field

My father, Dale Diamond, and I are partners in a residential remodeling... Read more

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Live Loads Vs. Snow Loads in the Code

Q: There are two different rafter tables in the IRC code book: Live Load... Read more

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Information vs. Education

On JLC's commitment to training Read more

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Strictly Business: Presentation Books

The presentation book as sales tool Read more

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Kitchen & Bath: Estimating by the Book

Pricing a bath remodel. Read more

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Using Cost Books for Estimating

As moderator of the estimating forum at jlconline.com, I'm often asked... Read more

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Builder's Library

Vintage Canadian Canadian Heritage Preservation, by Eric P. Jokinen; Lone Pine Publishing, Edmonton, Alberta, Canada; 1987; 156 pages; $24.95, hardcover. In Heritage Preservation, engineer Eric... Read more

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Builder's Library: Management Overview

If I were about to hire a superintendent for my crew, or if I were being called up from the ranks to fill such a position, I'd latch on to a copy of Basic Construction Management: The... Read more

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Builder's Library: Information Eyeful

In The Visual Handbook of Building and Remodeling, author Charlie Wing has attempted to write a "what-to" book to complement the "how-to" books that line most of our bookshelves. The intent is to... Read more

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Builder's Library

Business Basics Read more

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Builder's Library

Have you ever found yourself scratching your head over some obscure construction term, such as detrusion (the shearing of wood fibers along the grain)? If so, you may be in the market for Means... Read more

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Builder's Library

Construction Disasters: Causes & Cures Read more

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