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There are more flexible flashings on the market than ever before, made from a variety of materials. We take a close look at what’s out there and provide pointers on choosing the right material for the job.
Unfortunately, even the most iron-clad contract may have holes — until you plug them. A group of builders share clauses that they added to their contracts after getting stung by a client.
JLC ’s We ran a group of eight cordless reciprocating saws through some tough testing — and generally liked what we found: more power and longer run-times than expected.
A specialty contractor explains how he uses a track-mounted saw and a diamond blade to cut foundation openings to order. This economical service delivers smooth cuts quickly and without dust.
What do you think of today’s siding materials? What would you put on your own house? We asked 1,000 readers for their views; here’s what they told us.
Preventing cracks in wide cedar shingles; full-scale wall layout suggestions; bathroom GFCI code; preventing sags in ceilings drywall; more
Arsenic and pressure-treated lumber; construction-training high school; Masonite gives up on hardboard siding; free trade in Canadian lumber; more
Q: Can I use a ridge vent to vent a hip roof?
Q: I am installing steel roofing panels with exposed fasteners. Where it is necessary to install two panels between the ridge and the eaves, how much should the panels overlap?
Q: We‘ll be building a house on a frost-protected shallow foundation. Are the requirements for sizing the portion of the slab that forms the thickened footing around the perimeter of the slab the same as the requirements for a typical monolithic floating
Q: We are currently building a steel-framed house near the ocean in California. Our site is very close to the water, and I am concerned about rust problems developing in the steel framing. We have already noticed small surface rust spots on some of the st
Q: In a residential rewiring job, I am removing the existing conductors from steel flex conduit and installing new #12 solid wire, pulled through the flex conduit. Can I convert all of the existing 15-amp breakers to 20-amp breakers?
Q: I will be installing a 40-ft. length of wood gutter on a historic house. Can you provide details for joining gutter sections, end capping, and installing the outlets?
Improving elevations with varied siding treatments
How to hire help when you think you can’t
Be ready for concealed conditions
Setting up a Web site
When is a flue too big to vent an appliance safely?
Recycled underlayment; guard against tannin bleeding; stronger lattice; composite fencing; jamb extensions; more
High-rise staging with bamboo
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