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  • Grouting Slate Tile

    Use these simple cleaning techniques when working with the textured surface of slate tile to make sure there is no haze left on the surface.

     
  • Outlet on Boxed column

    If you box in a Lally column in a finished basement, does code require that you install an outlet there?

     

On the Job

Business

  • Using Evernote Premium in Your Business

    An introduction to the features of Evernote, a cloud-based application for storing, tagging, and retrieving text, images, audio, and other information on a computer or mobile device.

     
  • App of the Month: Hello

    You can say goodbye to typing with this contact management app from Evernote, with it excellent text recognition.

     
  • The sample Weekly Time Record (top) shows hours worked for an employee who is paid at different rates for different types of work. Weekly pay, including overtime based on $14 per hour, would be $776. But this does not comply with the Fair Labor Standards Act, which gives employers two options for figuring overtime in this situation: 1) Determine an average hourly pay rate for the week ($15.25 in Weighted Average example above), then calculate overtime pay based on that amount; or 2) use an overtime rate based on the pay rate for each type of work. Both options increase the employees weekly pay by about $18.

    Miscalculating Overtime

    When employees are paid different wage rates for different types of work, figuring overtime pay gets complicated. In this article, HR consultant Doug Delp explains employer options under the Fair Labor Standards Act.

     

Legal

  • Lien On

    Attorney Patrick Barthet clarifies the requirements for filing a mechanic's lien based on a recent court case.

     

Energy

  • What Do You Do With Crawlspace Air?

    Most crawlspaces are vented to the outdoors, but encapsulating the crawlspace has gained favor among builders of green and energy-efficient homes. But what do you do about the air down there?

     

Products

  • Petite Pump

    A Saniswift gray-water pump makes it easier to add plumbing fixtures to rooms with no below-floor drainage.

     
  • Pretty Tough

    These side lites meet coastal code requirements and are able to withstand winds up to 195 mph.

     
  • Siding Guide

    LineBacker Siding Insulation provides a thermal break and its parallel ridges serve as guides for the installation of horizontal siding planks.

     
  • Flexi Post

    The Panorama Post supports topless glass guardrails at various angles. The powder-coated aluminum post comes in surface- and fascia-mount versions in eight standard and 180 custom colors.

     
  • Field-Applied Flange

    Zip Flash is simple to install: Run a bead of caulk down the back, then staple it to the jamb. It comes in 84- and 98-inch lengths and a standard door needs 2 1/2 flanges.

     
  • PVC Ceiling

    Zip-Up Ceiling offers a quick way to finish a basement ceiling: Install trim around the perimeter, then infill with paintable PVC panels and hidden rails that can be unzipped later for cleaning and overhead access.

     
  • Advanced Building Products Mortairvent Membrane

    Suitable for all exterior siding applications, this rainscreen technology creates a drainage and ventilation cavity between the weather resistant barrier and the exterior wall.

     
  • Rigid Rock Wool

    Designed for use as exterior continuous insulation in rainscreen wall systems, Comfortboard CIS repels water but is breathable enough to allow outward wall drying.

     
  • Roof Board

    A closed-cell EPS bonded to high-density polyisocyanurate cover board, InsulFoam’s HD Composite has a UL Class-A fire rating.

     
  • Broan Nu-Tone Best WPD39M Series Outdoor Range Hood

    UL listed for use in damp locations, the Best WPD39M Series Range Hood is designed to be installed outdoors in a covered patio or lanai area.

     
  • Sunken Treasure

    Old-growth timber lost during logging operations a century ago gets a new lease on life as interior millwork.

     
  • DAP Products No Clog Foam

    The manufacturer claims you can reuse its Draftstop 812 polyurethane foam sealant up to 30 days after opening.

     

Toolbox

  • Blaklader Bantam Kangaroo Vest

    If you prefer to wear a tool vest rather than a toolbelt, check out this vest from Blaklader.

     
  • De Walt Mobile Pro Construction Calculator App

    JLC contributor Bruce Greenlaw weighs up the pros and cons of this construction calculator.

     
  • Rethinking Amp-Hours

    Is the amp-hour rating of cordless-tool batteries strictly a measure of their capacity, or do bigger batteries offer more runtime and more power than their compact counterparts?

     
  • Flexo PET Sleeve

    Using Flexo's braided PET yarn sleeves, which come in various sizes and colors, is handy for preventing hoses from snagging and damaging your work.

     
  • Left to right: Bosch 12V Max Heated Jacket, Milwaukee M12 Cordless Heated Hoodie, DeWalt 20V/12V MAX Camo Heated Jacket.

    Heat Wave

    From jackets to hoodies, there are now more options when it comes to staying warm on site.

     

Backfill

  • Home on the Range

    When a former munitions demonstration site and military training facility in Florida gets a new lease on life, complications arise for the area's residents.

     

Other Articles

  • Gluing Laminate to Drywall

    This thread from the JLC Forums starts with a question about what glues--other than contact cement--can be used in a tight spot behind cabinets to adhere a laminate backsplash.

     
  • Roof moss may look benign and even quaint on roof shingles, but left unchecked, it can cause severe damage both inside and outside a home.

    Damage From Roof Moss

    That green growth on your roof might be causing expensive damage to many parts of your home.