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Features

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    Hanging A Door From Scratch

    With a router, a hinge template, and a few other specialized tools, custom doors are almost as easy to fit as prehungs.

     
  • 2006 JLC Index

    Our annual listing of features and departments.

     
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    Replacing an Electrical Service

    Upgrading service equipment increases safety and load capacity while bringing the house up to code.

     
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    Shingle Art

    These vines won't rot the siding or harbor bird's nests.

     
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    Underpinning a Foundation

    Before adding new living space above an existing garage, make sure the footings can handle the load.

     

Letters

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    Dangers of oily rags; home-inspector standards; FEMA flood insurance; efficiency exchange; OSHA compliance

     

News

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    In the News

    Builders weather economic downturn; DeWalt circ-saw recall; more

     

Q&A

  • Slate in the Shower

    Q: My client wants to install slate tile in her shower to match the tile on her bathroom floor. I know that slate is porous and harder to keep clean than ceramic tile, but is there a good sealer that can be used with the slate so that maintenance will be manageable?

     
  • How Strong Are SIPs?

    Q: In a SIP, how secure is the bond between the OSB skin and the EPS (expanded polystyrene) core? Can this bond be compromised by water infiltration or insect damage, or could the insulated core deteriorate over time? If that bond were to fail, it seems to me the whole structure would fall apart...

     
  • Is Drywall Needed With Spray-Foam Basement Insulation?

    Q. Is Drywall Needed With Spray-Foam Basement Insulation? When the interior walls of an unfinished basement have been insulated with Icynene (or a similar spray-foam insulation), can the foam be left exposed, or does it have to be covered by a noncombustible material?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Wet-location protection for hardwood flooring; an old nailing trick; recip blade compass

     

Business

  • Help Your Remodeling Customers Find Financing

    The remodeling business is largely a service business: The companies that give customers the best service tend to get the best referrals. But to deliver truly superlative service, you've got to have all the cards — and in today's competitive market your trump card may be the ability to arrange...

     

Products

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    Products

    Air sealing; interior doors

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Hitachi C12LSH sliding compound miter saw; circular saws; back-savers

     

Backfill

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    Ghosts of the Gold Rush

    Tell Charley Spiller that his roofs look like they've been cobbled together from tin cans, and he'll thank you for the compliment. Spiller, a maintenance mechanic for California's Bodie State Historic Park, works in the ghost town of Bodie, Calif., on buildings that haven't been inhabited for a...