October 2007 Table of Contents

Connecting All Contractors Connecting All Contractors

A retrospective on 25 years of builder technology: How did we get here, and where are we going next? Read more

Energy & Moisture Matters

We ask a panel of building scientists and builders — all keen, experienced observers of wood-frame performance issues — to answer some of the questions that never seem to go away. Read more

Framing a Dutch Gable Framing a Dutch Gable

This method uses calculations and layout shortcuts to speed production. Read more

Roof Ventilation Update Roof Ventilation Update

The construction industry's leading researcher explains why what we think is true often isn't, and how some of our best hunches, based on observation of field performance, have paid off with problem-free attic assemblies. Read more

Letters From the Editor

From the editor; permeance of foam in unvented attics; electrical red flag; immigration Read more

In the News In the News

How we got here: JLC at 25; catching up with the lifers Read more

Q & A
Q&A To Bond or Not to Bond?

Q. As a building inspector, I understand Article 250 of the most recent National Electrical Code (2005 NEC) to mean that any potential grounding electrodes available to each electrical service must be bonded together into that service's grounding electrod Read more

Q&A Brick Staining

Q. Some of the brickwork on a house I built has developed a white stain that resembles efflorescence but is limited to only two areas: a mailbox and a window. The gutter above the window overflows occasionally, but the water doesn't appear to actually fal Read more

Q&A A Quick Fix for Squeaky Floors?

Q. When a floor is covered by wall-to-wall carpeting, is it possible to fix squeaks without taking up the rug to get to the subfloor? Read more

On the Job
On the Job: Rough Framing and Routers

Rough framing and routers; curved wood gutter Read more

Simple Tricks for Simple Houses JLC Classic Simple Tricks for Simple Houses

On hearing news of Gordon Tully’s passing, we at JLC wish to keep his presence and knowledge alive. Read more

Straight Talk About Fraud Business Straight Talk About Fraud

In 2006, occupational fraud cost U.S. businesses about $600 billion, or roughly $4,500 per employee, according to the Association of Certified Fraud Examiners. Building contractors rank second in the list of targets, after retail stores. Read more

Legal Issues That Keep Me Up at Night

I thought I'd celebrate JLC's 25th anniversary by writing about legal issues that have been bothering me — and probably you — for the past 25 years. Someone else might have a different list of complaints, but hey, it's my column, so here's mine. Read more

Kitchen & Bath
Kitchen & Bath

Vanities; vessel sinks Read more


Insulation; hvac; locksets Read more

Toolbox Toolbox

Festool RO 150 FEQ 6-inch Rotex sander; two ladder-levelers; remodeling; chain saws Read more

Backfill Heating With Dogs

Let's talk about a terrific new alternative-energy source that can save you up to $4 billion a year on your home heating bills. Read more

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