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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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Top 5 Reasons You Need a Next Generation Demolition Saw Blade

Improved Blade Designs and Premium Materials are the Real Deal 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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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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What is the True Value of a Contractor’s Presence on the Job Site?

Establish lasting customer relationships, solidify a hard-earned reputation and... 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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Air-Sealing an Ice-Prone Home

Chris West troubleshoots an ice damming problem in a Cape-style home, a common... More

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On the Job

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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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Door or Floor First?

Nathan Nebbia explains the why and the how of installing interior doors after the... More

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Installing a Pocket Door

Follow along as Manny Silva preps the framing and installs a Johnson Hardware... More

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Best Battery-Charging Practices

Is it okay to leave a fully-charged tool battery on its charger for a long period... More

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Geometry for Carpenters

A few simple geometric principles can go a long way towards solving some complex... More

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Should We Be Building Decks With Oversized Framing?

Mike Guertin says that “up-sizing” deck joists so that they exceed code... More

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A Better Rainscreen for Cedar Shingle Roofs

Roofing contractor Chris Yerkes makes the case for using Ventgrid12 plastic panels... 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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