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Avoiding Paint Callbacks

Success with exterior wood coatings starts with the carpenters More

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Learning Building Science Fundamentals

There's no better grounding in building science for the building industry More

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Reducing Carbon

A builder’s guide to carbon-neutral building practices More

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Queen of Zero: A JLC Case Study Home

This Queen Anne Victorian merges historic architecture with a net-zero standard of... More

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Outsmarting Air From the Outside

Doug Cameron has taken air sealing to the next level with his "block and caulk"... More

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Sleuthing Out Moisture

Zeroing in on the causes of elevated moisture in buildings More

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(Pre) Paint it Black

Prefinished PVC siding speeds installations with minimal field painting,... More

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Air-to-Water Heat Pumps Come of Age

Simple system designs reduce costs and improve efficiency More

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A Modern Approach to Balloon Framing

How a short-handed crew streamlines wall building and keeps projects on schedule More

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Untangling the Skilled Labor Knot

Improving worker skills is the best way to improve construction productivity. More

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On the Job

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Working Smarter, Not Harder

Veteran carpenter John Spier's top 8 work habits and principles shared by... More

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Making Backer Boards for Drywall Butt Joints

For faster finishing, try Aaron Miiller's simple method for making your own... More

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Vapor Control in Walls With Continuous Insulation

Randy Williams cuts through the confusion surrounding how we handle vapor... More

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Rules For Nailing Studs to Plates

Don Dunkley provides a wise interpretation of current codes affecting nails in... More

The Best Site-Built Worktable?

Manny Silva shows how to build an everyday jobsite workhorse with a minimal... More

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Decoding Efficiency Units for Heat Pumps

Connor Dillon sorts out the differences between SEER, SEER2, HSPF, and COP, all of... More

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Prefabricating a Frame-and-Panel Ceiling

Gary Striegler shows how to use simple pocket-screw joinery to assemble a paneled... More

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Evaluating Fire-Damaged Concrete

Sometimes the foundation of a fire-damaged building is okay to re-use; sometimes... More

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Carpentry Jigs to Speed Production

Brian Campbell shares his methods for increasing both precision and productivity... More

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Training Videos

Video Series - Best Practice Drywall

In this seven-part video series, JLC contributor and JLC Live presenter, Myron...

Basic Wall Layout

Veteran contractor and JLC LIVE presenter, Mike Sloggatt demonstrates effective...

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