Salvaged Materials

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Rot-Resistant Decking Options

A few years ago, the main choices for rot-proof decking were redwood and pressure-treated lumber. Environmental concerns and the search for low-maintenance materials have spawned a host of new products, including new hardwoods, wood-plastic composites, and synthetic materials. More

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Strictly Business: Tracking Material Costs

Keeping track of material costs More

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For What It's Worth

LVL studs, synthetic granite, humidistat fan control More

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Eight-Penny News

Latex paint lasts longer than oil, feds add fiberglass to list of suspected carcinogens, how wall framing reduces R-value More

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For What It's Worth

"The Journal's pick of curious, interesting, and useful products" More

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Letters

GUEST EDITORIAL: Green Building vs. Green Hype More

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Recraft: An Environmentally-Friendly House

A demonstration house in Montana proves it’s possible — and affordable — to build a conventional house with resource-efficient materials. More

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For What It's Worth

Recycled Foam More

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For What It's Worth

"The Journal's pick of curious, interesting, and useful products" More

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Turning Trash Into Cash

Slowly but surely, recycling is coming to the building industry. JLC explores the debris pile to evaluate small contractors’ options. More

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