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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.
How to quickly and accurately lay out and level a foundation using a one-minute transit and calculator.
A Santa Fe builder explains how quality control is the result of close site supervision and good communication between client, builder, and subs.
A journeyman carpenter explains how to install steel studs and tells why he prefers them on many remodeling jobs.
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.
Slowly but surely, recycling is coming to the building industry. JLC explores the debris pile to evaluate small contractors’ options.
A woman carpenter gives her perspective on how a woman can work efficiently on a predominantly male job site.
Q: Can polypropylene fiber additives (such as Fibermesh) be used instead of welded wire mesh in concrete slabs?
Q: Do laminated veneer lumber (LVL) and wood I-beams have a lower fire rating than conventional wood framing members? If so, have the model codes addressed this?
Q: Will termite shields actually deter the insects from entering a house?
Q: Before closing in the walls on a recent job, we noticed that a 3/16-inch gap had opened up between the jack stud and the header. Is this much shrinkage normal? How can we prevent this?
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