June 2001 Table of Contents

Choosing Flexible Flashings Choosing Flexible Flashings

There are more flexible flashings on the market than ever before, made from a variety of materials. We take a close look at what’s out there and provide pointers on choosing the right material for the job. Read more

Closing Contract Loopholes JLC BUILDER GUIDE Closing Contract Loopholes

Still relevant after all these years: A group of builders share clauses that they added to their contracts after getting stung by a client. Read more

Cordless Recip Saws Cordless Recip Saws

JLC ’s We ran a group of eight cordless reciprocating saws through some tough testing — and generally liked what we found: more power and longer run-times than expected. Read more

Sawing Concrete Sawing Concrete

A specialty contractor explains how he uses a track-mounted saw and a diamond blade to cut foundation openings to order. This economical service delivers smooth cuts quickly and without dust. Read more

Reader Survey: Siding Choices

What do you think of today’s siding materials? What would you put on your own house? We asked 1,000 readers for their views; here’s what they told us. Read more


Preventing cracks in wide cedar shingles; full-scale wall layout suggestions; bathroom GFCI code; preventing sags in ceilings drywall; more Read more


Arsenic and pressure-treated lumber; construction-training high school; Masonite gives up on hardboard siding; free trade in Canadian lumber; more Read more

Q & A
Q&A: Venting Hip Roofs

Q: Can I use a ridge vent to vent a hip roof? Read more

Q&A: Leak-Free Metal Roofs Q&A: Leak-Free Metal Roofs

Q: I am installing steel roofing panels with exposed fasteners. Where it is necessary to install two panels between the ridge and the eaves, how much should the panels overlap? Read more

Q&A: Footing Width for Frost-Protected Shallow Foundations

Q: We‘ll be building a house on a frost-protected shallow foundation. Are the requirements for sizing the portion of the slab that forms the thickened footing around the perimeter of the slab the same as the requirements for a typical monolithic floating Read more

Q&A: Rusting Steel Studs

Q: We are currently building a steel-framed house near the ocean in California. Our site is very close to the water, and I am concerned about rust problems developing in the steel framing. We have already noticed small surface rust spots on some of the st Read more

Q&A: Installing 20-Amp Breakers

Q: In a residential rewiring job, I am removing the existing conductors from steel flex conduit and installing new #12 solid wire, pulled through the flex conduit. Can I convert all of the existing 15-amp breakers to 20-amp breakers? Read more

Q&A: Installing Wood Gutters Q&A: Installing Wood Gutters

Q: I will be installing a 40-ft. length of wood gutter on a historic house. Can you provide details for joining gutter sections, end capping, and installing the outlets? Read more

By Design: Designing With Siding

Improving elevations with varied siding treatments Read more

Strictly Business: Finding the Time

How to hire help when you think you can’t Read more

Legal Adviser: Concealed Conditions

Be ready for concealed conditions Read more

Trade Talk
Trade Talk: When a Flue Is Too Big

When is a flue too big to vent an appliance safely? Read more


Safety videos Read more


Recycled underlayment; guard against tannin bleeding; stronger lattice; composite fencing; jamb extensions; more Read more

Backfill: High-Rise Bamboo

High-rise staging with bamboo Read more

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