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Features

  • Replacing a Wooden Gutter

    A bowed, sagging wall complicated this custom repair.

     
  • New Joists for an Old Floor

    The best remedy for a sagging out-of-level floor is putting in new LVL joists and engineered subfloor.

     
  • Insulating Cathedral Ceilings

    JLC executive editor Clayton DeKorne explores some practical solutions to prevent call backs and boost energy performance.

     
  • Soldering Seams

    Regardless of the iron or tip used, soldering requires some prep work. Make sure that the tip is clean and that the four facets are flat and meet at a sharp point.

     

Q&A

  • Wires Behind Drywall

    Andy Hannan explains how to make sure that wire ends up where it’s supposed to be after drywall installation.

     
  • Level 5 Drywall Finish vs. Skim Coat

    Myron FerguI explains the difference between a Level 5 finish and a plaster skim coat.

     
  • Deck Landings

    Even though deck landings are usually part of the deck stairs, they should be built as if they are a separate small deck

     

On the Job

Business

  • Dropbox for Business provides a central administrative console where you can manage members. Members can add and edit, but they cant permanently delete files in the companys Dropbox. The administrator always has tools to recover damaged or deleted files.

    Bring Your Own Device

    BYOD is nothing new, but the potential effects on businesses are changing fast. Learn more about this trend that favors the smartphone over traditional hardware on the job site.

     

Energy

Products

Toolbox

  • Bosch Dimpler Drywall Driver

    The Dimpler works with your existing corded or cordless drill, giving you most of the benefits of a dedicated screw gun at a fraction of the cost.

     
  • Heavy Lifters

    Telehandlers resemble forklifts, but they have a telescoping boom for far more versatility.

     
  • Werner Aluminum Pump- Jack System

    The aluminum jacks in this pump-jack system ride on structural aluminum poles instead of doubled 2x4s, eliminating the experience of scary rides down the poles.

     
  • Two New Fat Max Tools

    Stanley has introduced several innovative hand tools lately, including the FatMax 17-ounce Anti-Vibe Framing Hammer and 25-foot Auto-Locking Tape Rule.

     

Other Articles

  • The Case of the Sobbing Siding

    On a callback for a siding leak, a building inspector discovers that his roof inspection hadn't been nearly thorough enough

     
  • In frozen ground, a pile can be driven normally after the ground is warmed using a proprietary heating rod.

    Helical Pile Foundations

    Contractors weigh in on the advantages of helical piles over concrete tubes,in this thread from 2012.