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Rainscreen Clapboard Siding Details

How to apply strapping and vent screens to create a drainable, ventilated... 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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Queen of Zero: Going to Scale With Panel Construction

Nicole Tysvaer explains why SIPs, the building enclosure of JLC Case Study home,... 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

Bill Robinson explains how he conducts a building inspection on homes threatened... More

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Queen of Zero: A JLC Case Study Home

The goal is to bring back a Queen Anne Victorian home destroyed by fire to a... 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

Tim Uhler breaks down how a short-handed crew can keep a project on schedule by... More

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Untangling the Skilled Labor Knot

Let's invest in improving worker skills; it's the most promising way to improve... More

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A Smarter Way of Charging for Overhead and Profit

When bidding on a project, you need more than a simple formula. More

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On the Job

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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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Bending PVC Trim

Nathan Nebbia runs down his process for bending solid PVC moldings with heat... More

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Hanger Options for Irregular Joists?

Jake Lewandowski explains how to support uneven-width joists with metal hangers... More

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Vapor Control in Cold Climates

Do the vapor barrier requirements in the IRC contradict the code's insulation... More

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Adding Water to Joint Compound?

For a smoother mix with fewer bubbles, drywall pro Lydia Crowder recommends adding... More

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Laminated vs. Solid-Sawn Column: Which is Stronger?

Is a post built with three 2x6s nailed together the structural equivalent of a 6x6... More

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Fitting Insulation Batts in I-joist Floor and Steel Stud Wall Framing

Insulation contractor Nathan Shirai runs down the many insulation batt sizes for... More

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A Framing Trick for Retrofitting a Wide Door

Gary Striegler breaks down how his crew laminated a long beam to the inside of an... 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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