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A retrospective on 25 years of builder technology: How did we get here, and where are we going next?
We ask a panel of building scientists and builders — all keen, experienced observers of wood-frame performance issues — to answer some of the questions that never seem to go away.
This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production.
The construction industry's leading researcher explains why what we think is true often isn't, and how some of our best hunches, based on observation of field performance, have paid off with problem-free attic assemblies.
From the editor; permeance of foam in unvented attics; electrical red flag; immigration
How we got here: JLC at 25; catching up with the lifers
Q. As a building inspector, I understand Article 250 of the most recent National Electrical Code (2005 NEC) to mean that any potential grounding electrodes available to each electrical service must be bonded together into that service's grounding electrod
Q. Some of the brickwork on a house I built has developed a white stain that resembles efflorescence but is limited to only two areas: a mailbox and a window. The gutter above the window overflows occasionally, but the water doesn't appear to actually fal
Q. When a floor is covered by wall-to-wall carpeting, is it possible to fix squeaks without taking up the rug to get to the subfloor?
Rough framing and routers; curved wood gutter
Choosing the right style as a prototype is the key to building a handsome and affordable home that has a small "environmental footprint."
In 2006, occupational fraud cost U.S. businesses about $600 billion, or roughly $4,500 per employee, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Building contractors rank second in the list of targets, after retail stores.
I thought I'd celebrate JLC's 25th anniversary by writing about legal issues that have been bothering me — and probably you — for the past 25 years. Someone else might have a different list of complaints, but hey, it's my column, so here's mine.
Vanities; vessel sinks
Insulation; hvac; locksets
Festool RO 150 FEQ 6-inch Rotex sander; two ladder-levelers; remodeling; chain saws
Let's talk about a terrific new alternative-energy source that can save you up to $4 billion a year on your home heating bills.
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