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  • Low-Slope Reroof with EPDM

    Low-slope roofs can be leak-prone, especially in snow country. A New York State remodeler explains how he installed a self-adhesive membrane to protect the living space under a nearly flat roof.

  • New Tools from the National Hardware Show

    We sent two JLC editors to the show to research what’s new in the world of tools and equipment. Here’s the report from Dave Crosby.

  • What's New in Solid-Surfacing

    The solid-surfacing industry is changing fast as more manufacturers enter the market. Here’s an update of new product choices, plus a review of tools designed specifically for solid-surface fabrication.

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    Fast Framing with Panels

    In a tight labor market, panelized construction offers high quality and speed with a small crew — even on large projects.

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    Glass Block Tips & Tricks

    In this article, a veteran glass block contractor explains the details that make for an elegant and trouble-free installation.



  • Letters

    Vo-tech education not enough; knowledge of building science is necessary; fiber-cement dust control; more



  • Notebook

    The fight against sprawl; new labor-saving copper fittings; borate-treated lumber wards off termites; L-shaped headers for steel framing; more



  • Q&A: Sound-Control Batts

    Q: Are sound-control batts any different from regular fiberglass batts?

  • Q&A: Black Stripes on a Cathedral Ceiling

    Q: I have been asked to determine the cause of black shadow marks on a cathedral ceiling in a new home. The black marks correspond to the bottom sections of the rafters, near where the rafters meet the wall. The black shadows do not resemble stains from water leaks. There is a gas fireplace on one...

  • Q&A: Eaves Membrane and Drip Edge

    Q: Should peel-and-stick eaves membrane be installed over or under the drip edge?

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    Q&A: Identifying Poria Fungus

    Q: While renovating a home in New Jersey, I found a fungus-like growth a few inches long growing between the tile floor and the base molding in the bathroom. The house is on a concrete slab. Is there anywhere I can have this growth tested to see if it is poria?

  • Q&A: Barn Door Hardware

    Q: I am currently building a barn and am looking for some old-fashioned barn door hinges. Do you know any sources for wrought-iron strap hinges with character?








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