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  • Building A Motivated Staff

    A remodeler with a background in human services describes how to build a loyal, productive staff — and why that’s critical to your success.

     
  • Interview: Rafter Framing with Wood I-Beams

    Illinois builder Mike Hoch explains why he uses engineered members for rafters and offers tips on handling, cutting, and installation.

     
  • Maintaining and Repairing Pneumatic Nailers

    JLC’s tool specialist explains how air fasteners work, how to keep them in top shape, and how to take advantage of manufacturers’ tech support.

     
  • Plastics in Construction: Finding New Niches

    After years of testing the market, plastics giants and small innovators are entering construction in a big way. Here is a sampling of some surprising new uses.

     
  • Technology To Keep in Touch

    Cellular phones, walkie-talkies, and other high-tech communications gear are changing the way many builders work. Here are the practical options.

     
  • Unusual Power Tools

    Every craftsman knows that the right tool can turn a bear of a job into a breeze. Here are a few favorites of a veteran contractor and hard-core tool hound.

     

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