December 1997 Table of Contents

Building Cabinets On Site

For simple built-ins, a fully equipped cabinet shop can be overkill. This veteran contactor shows how to build professional-grade cabinets using just a circular saw, router, and drill. Read more

JLC Live! West Coast Edition

From job-costing to computer technology, these business tips have been gleaned from some of the most popular seminars at our first western Construction Business & Technology Conference. Read more

New 15-Guage Finish Nailers

We take a close look at the features and compare the performance of nine new trim nailers. Read more

Pickup Truck Racks

Compared to the homemade variety, commercially made racks are more durable and more versatile — and they come with a wide selection of handy accessories. Here’s what’s available in both steel and aluminum truck racks. Read more

Replacing a Main Carrying Beam

When a pair of sagging wood girders and support posts interfered with a new kitchen design, this remodeler replaced them with a clear-span LVL beam. This step-by-step description covers the entire process, from temporary shoring and demolition to site-building the new beam. Read more

Working Smarter With Lead Carpenters

A production manager for a large remodeling firm explains how the lead carpenter system improves communication, increases job efficiency, and boosts profits. Read more


Another vote against vinyl, chimney spillage warning, on working with architects Read more


Contractor referral services, International Building Code becoming reality, OSHA enforcing fall protection rules Read more

Q&A: Supporting a New Slab Next to Existing Foundation Q&A: Supporting a New Slab Next to Existing Foundation

Q: What’s the best way to support a new garage slab next to an existing foundation wall? Read more

By Design: Using Steel Sensibly

Using steel beams for maximum headroom Read more

Strictly Business: High Tech on The Job Site

A fax machine for every job site Read more

Practical Engineering: Sizing Engineered Beams Practical Engineering: Sizing Engineered Beams

Selecting and sizing engineered-lumber beams Read more

Kitchen & Bath

Cargo bar for the pickup, heavy-duty demo tool, preplumbed showerhead & tub spout, prefab wainscot panel Read more

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