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  • Case Study: A Wooden Grade Beam

    Concrete piers and a grade beam can provide an economical foundation on some sites. Here’s how to compute the loads and lay out the work.

     
  • Foundation Layout by Transit

    How to quickly and accurately lay out and level a foundation using a one-minute transit and calculator.

     
  • Managing for Quality Control

    A Santa Fe builder explains how quality control is the result of close site supervision and good communication between client, builder, and subs.

     
  • Steel-Stud Partitions

    A journeyman carpenter explains how to install steel studs and tells why he prefers them on many remodeling jobs.

     
  • Timber Retaining Walls That Last

    A landscape contractor shows how to build timber retainers that look good and hold up. Also, a look at a new approach to timber walls using geotextiles.

     
  • Turning Trash Into Cash

    Slowly but surely, recycling is coming to the building industry. JLC explores the debris pile to evaluate small contractors’ options.

     
  • A Woman's Guide to Survival in the Building Trades

    A woman carpenter gives her perspective on how a woman can work efficiently on a predominantly male job site.

     

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