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    Seismic Versus Wind

    Earthquakes and hurricanes act differently on a building. While shearwalls and moment frames are the standard solutions for handling lateral forces on building walls, the job they have to do can vary, depending on whether they’re facing a wind load or a seismic load.

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    Manufactured Shear-Wall Components

    For builders working in seismic zones or hurricane country, any structure has to be designed for lateral loads, the sideways force of wind pressure, or earthquake action. Manufactured shear-wall components can provide a solution for these complex situations.

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    Installing Full- Frame Replacement Windows

    A window and door specialist from Chicago shares fast and efficient installation methods to ensure windows perform well and stand the test of time.

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    Best Practices: Adhered Concrete Masonry Veneer

    ACMV has been increasing in popularity as a cladding on mid-range and high-end homes for the last decade, and many of these homes are now showing signs of water-damage because the ACMV wasn’t installed correctly the first time. To avoid water damage, treat faux stone like stucco.

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    Moment Frames and Uplift Connections

    Moment frames resist the force of bending or rotation with a rigid connection at the joint between the column and beam. Find out more about how these strategic assemblages can strengthen your structure.



  • Reader Feedback

    Readers sound off about the International Residential Code, deck framing, recessed can covers, and more.



On the Job


  • Material Estimate by Count:

To build the unit price, count quantities for each wall elementstuds, plates, headers, and sheathing. In this example (top), doors and window rough openings are assumed to be 3 feet, and sheathing is assumed to be applied horizontally in staggered courses. Waste from jack studs provides blocking, but cripples are counted at a rough length of 4 feet each. Some contractors add a waste factor to allow for damaged material, or to provide lumber for bracing; others add a separate line item for these.

Unit Price per Square or Linear Foot:

The middle table converts quantities from the material takeoff to a quantity per square foot of wall area. This value, combined with a dollar cost, will yield the unit price per square foot. The bottom table converts quantities to linear feet. Combined with a dollar cost, this value will yield the unit price per linear foot of wall.

    Building a Unit Price

    The foundation of every computerized estimating system is its database of unit prices, but how do you begin to build a price? George Weissgerber outlines the process from start to finish.

  • Three Changes to Your SEO Strategy

    Search engines are making big changes in how they calculate page rankings. Make sure your business is in the know when it comes to SEO and the latest content marketing strategies.



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    Top 10 Building Science Secrets

    Overall, the state of the construction industry is improving. Many builders and remodelers are learning, either out of interest or coercion, about building science and how to apply it. Here are 10 secrets that will keep you ahead of the game.



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    Stone Pretender

    This vinyl siding is cast in molds made from North Carolina quarried stone to create the look of stone without the cost.

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    The Sump Is Calling

    When there's a problem with the pump, the system sends a voice alert to the homeowner's cell phone.

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    Mortarless Shower Base

    Part of the company's Kerdi Shower system, the polystyrene tray is used in place of a mortar base.

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    Sidewall Boot

    This 17-mil polyethylene material makes quick work of flashing pipe penetrations.

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    Old-Look Laminate

    The surface of the 12mm-thick laminate is embossed with the grain and texture of reclaimed wood to create an authentic look in a laminate product.

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    Historic Faux Stone

    Molded from a Civil War-era fence, 6-inch-thick concrete blocks are simply stacked to create columns; a hollow center allows them to be slipped over a wooden post.

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    Integrated Drain

    The low profile of Noble Co.'s Thin-Bed Drain makes it ideal for barrier-free applications.

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    Gas Double Slide-In

    Your customers can bake two different dishes at two different temperatures while using a built-in griddle and a 20,000 Btu burner on the range top.

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    Limited-Edition Doors

    Limited-edition designs are made in a wide variety of wood species for clients who are looking for a unique door.

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    Always in Balance

    Internal circuits measure airflow to keep supply and exhaust balanced in this heat recovery ventilator.

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    Stealth Grab Bars

    The company integrates grab bars with standard bath items to create a line of products that aid accessibility without looking institutional.



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    Lost Soles

    A good pair of shoes deserves a review. But what happens when those trusty soles are discontinued? Mitch Greenlaw discusses his favorite pair of Keen work boots.

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    Speedy One-Handed Clamps

    From the potent 450 pounds of clamping force delivered by the Stanley FatMax Xtreme Auto Trigger Clamp to the extended throat of the DeWalt Rapid Return Bar Clamp, these speedy jobsite essentials can greatly increase productivity.

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    Rugged, Washable Drop Cloth

    Made in the U.S., these washable drop cloths consist of a tightly woven polyester/cotton fabric with a triple-coated utyl-rubber backing that helps prevent liquids from leaking through while also resisting slippage on hardwood and other solid surfaces.

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    Makita LS0714 Sliding Compound-Miter Saw

    From light framing to finish carpentry, this Makita saw offers great cutting capacity and is light-weight.

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    New & Noteworthy: Stanley FatMax Powerclaw

    The Powerclaw is a unique power strip that clamps to framing, ladders, or elsewhere to keep it off the ground or floor while conveniently positioning your power source.

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    Convenient Metal-Cutting Miter Saw

    Perfect for general carpentry, this easy-to-use saw slices through non-ferrous metals with ease, delivering clean, burr-free cuts.



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    Well-Built Folly

    Architectural follies are rare in North America, but these attractive yet useless structures have been a part of European culture for centuries.


Other Articles

  • Hiding Drywall Touch-Ups

    This thread from the JLC Forums discusses best practices for patching nail pops and small defects in drywall so that the patch doesn't telegraph through the finish coat of paint.

  • Tiny Bubbles

    This thread from the JLC Forums offers tips for dealing with tiny bubbles appearing in joint compound.