Are you a subscriber but don’t have an online account?

Register for full online access.

 
 
 
 

Features

  • Image

    Buying a Compact Excavator

    Ownership can reduce your dependence on subs and create new sources of revenue, but be sure to consider all the costs.

     
  • Image

    Fast Box Newel

    This carpenter-friendly design eliminates most of the nail holes.

     
  • Image

    Framing a Barrel-Vault Ceiling

    To simplify the layout, think in terms of a hip roof.

     
  • Safety Lessons

    Experience may be the best teacher, but when it comes to matters of job-site safety, sometimes it’s better to learn from someone else’s. Here are 11 cautionary tales from JLC readers.

     
  • Image

    Habla Espanol?

    The ability to communicate in Spanish could become your most valuable job-site tool.

     

Letters

  • Image

    Letters

    Note from New Jersey; snow-covered vent pipes; the continuing safety-factor discussion; more

     

News

  • Image

    In the News

    Helping the homeless in Orange County, Calif.; Supreme Court ruling on eminent domain; second life for old latex paint; Harvard’s Joint Center for Housing Studies annual report; more

     

Q&A

  • Image

    Fixing a Bowed Basement Wall

    Q. A foundation wall in my customer's two-story home has a 2-inch bow in the middle of its 53-foot length and two stress cracks located 10 feet from either end, all probably caused by backfilling while the concrete was still green. As far as I know, no re

     
  • Prepping for Wallpaper

    Q. The last time I was asked to remove wallpaper and repaint the wall, much of the paper facing on the sheetrock underneath came off, too, resulting in a lot of extra wall prep. What caused this, and what's the best way to prepare drywall for a wallcoveri

     
  • Nailing into MDF

    Q. My company installs prefinished millwork in a commercial environment, so we rely heavily on MDF-veneered products. Is there a fastener we can use in our pneumatic nailers that will prevent or at least minimize the "mushroom" that occurs when the fasten

     

On the Job

  • Image

    On the Job

    Slick pocket-door trick; smooth tube piers

     

Business

  • Image

    Protect Yourself With a Job Journal

    In 1988 I went to work for a large commercial-residential electrical contractor. One of the first projects I worked on was a program to document what was happening on site.

     

Legal

  • Image

    Who Pays When the Design Doesn't Meet Code?

    Let's suppose you're hired by a local restaurant to build a deck off the dining room so that customers can eat outside and enjoy the view. Your bid comes in at $30,000, and the owner accepts it.

     

Kitchen & Bath

  • Image

    Kitchen & Bath

    Hot-water recirculation retrofit; bathroom lighting; cooktops

     

Products

  • Image

    Products

    Replacement windows & doors; interior millwork; slate & tile roofing

     

Toolbox

  • Image

    Toolbox

    Bosch RS20 reciprocating saw; concrete tools; knives

     

Backfill