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Today’s treated-lumber producers promise good protection with less corrosion, but the jury is out on long-term performance.
JLC talks to four builders with long track records about what it means to build green.
This alternative to slate is light, rugged, and easy to cut.
Leak-free chimney; stainless steel screws and copper; subslab vapor-barrier details; credit card warning
Stimulus plan promotes energy-efficiency spending; California approves PEX; production-builder CEO rakes in $9.6 million for ’08; more
Does anyone make a fireproof deck board?
My clients are concerned about mold, and want the walls and ceilings of their remodeled basement to be covered with paperless drywall instead of regular gypsum board. Are there any tricks to installing and finishing this material, or is it treated just like standard drywall?
While trimming out a room during a remodeling job, the homeowner asked me to build a window seat. Does the window above the seat now have to be fitted with tempered safety glass?
How much insulation is necessary under a typical basement radiant slab?
Timber-frame look for a stick-frame addition; adding a border to a hardwood floor
All-in-one flashing panel; spray-foam insulation; shower seat; lightweight steel beams; grass driveway mats; push-fit fittings; more
Last fall I reviewed several saws that collect the dust generated when fiber cement is cut.
Festool's T12+3 and T15+3 cordless drill/drivers feature brushless motors and unique electronic clutch controls that change the motor speed and disengage the motor at a preset torque limit.
Every plumber has a tale about being beat up by his right-angle drill, so any model that improves user safety is worth a look.
Many users ignore the high and low gears on a drill/driver: Running in high makes the work go faster but can burn up the motor, while low gear protects the tool but feels too slow.
Putting a temporary fence around your job site can mean pounding in a lot of T-posts.
Long, heavy building materials can be difficult to lift and maneuver around job sites, especially by hand.
Boring a utility access hole under a sidewalk or driveway is hard work and often requires hiring a sub.
Telehandlers are a builder's workhorse.
Underground dome home
These two interviews with Michael Anschel and Michael McCutcheon are part of a series of conversations that editor Dave Holbrook had with green builders around the country.
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