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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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Helpful Tools for Building Resilient, Code-Compliant Wall Systems

From resiliency and energy efficiency to simplified siding and trim attachment,... 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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Reducing Carbon

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

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Deep Structural Retrofit

Jake Lewandowski explains how he remedied a home's rotted frame by completely... More

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Rot Proof Exterior Door Sills

Here’s one callback risk no contractor should ever face. More

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Moisture Protection for Walls

Doug Horgan dives into a range of practical solutions for draining and drying... 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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On the Job

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How Do You Seal Poly to Poly?

Jake Bruton, Rick Mills, and Bernie Montoya weigh in on what works to make vapor... More

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Replacing a Skylight

Manny Silva's belt-and-suspenders approach to flashing the new unit to the roof... More

Preventing Swelling Composite Decking

Kim Katwijk explains why butt joints in composite decking swell, and offers up... More

Diagonal Bracing on an Elevated Deck

Here's how to brace the corner posts, and why you shouldn't brace those... More

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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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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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