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Features

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    Connecting All Contractors

    A retrospective on 25 years of builder technology: How did we get here, and where are we going next?

     
  • Energy & Moisture Matters

    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.

     
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    Framing a Dutch Gable

    This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production.

     
  • Roof Ventilation Update

    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.

     

Letters

  • Letters From the Editor

    From the editor; permeance of foam in unvented attics; electrical red flag; immigration

     

News

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    In the News

    How we got here: JLC at 25; catching up with the lifers

     

Q&A

  • To Bond or Not to Bond?

    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

     
  • Brick Staining

    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

     
  • A Quick Fix for Squeaky Floors?

    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?

     

On the Job

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    On the Job

    Rough framing and routers; curved wood gutter

     

Design

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    Simple Tricks for Simple Houses

    Choosing the right style as a prototype is the key to building a handsome and affordable home that has a small "environmental footprint."

     

Business

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    Straight Talk About Fraud

    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.

     

Legal

  • Issues That Keep Me Up at Night

    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.

     

Kitchen & Bath

Products

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    Products

    Insulation; hvac; locksets

     

Toolbox

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    Toolbox

    Festool RO 150 FEQ 6-inch Rotex sander; two ladder-levelers; remodeling; chain saws

     

Backfill

  • Heating With Dogs

    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.