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5 Things You Missed at JLC Live 2015

From flesh-sensing saws to Lego-like levels, there was a lot to see at the 2015 edition of JLC Live New England, held at the Rhode Island Convention Center in Providence last week. Here's a look at some of the highlights.

Building a Freestanding Deck

Solid Bracing and strong connections are the keys to a durable, bounce-free structure.

Under-Deck Drainage Roundup

A variety of products are now abailable to create a dry living space below the deck. Which one is right for your job?


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  • Managing Workers' Comp Costs

    Workers' compensation can represent 40% of an employer's total insurance costs. Writing in Remodeling, Bill Atkinson outlines some ways...

  • Dealing With Cyber Attacks

    More construction companies are putting records in a digital format and using Internet-based communications and storage. The move toward...

  • Gas Leaks Follow Heavy Snows

    Snow piling up in the Northeast has caused damage to decks as well as to roofs. In some cases, collapsing decks also have severed gas lines...

  • Going Corporate

    Taking legal steps to become a corporation or a limited liability corporation (LLC) can result in both financial and personal benefits. But...

  • What's an Arm, Eye, or Finger Worth?

    Workers losing an eye or a limb face wildly different workers' comp benefits depending on where they live, an analysis by Pro Publica...

  • Drainable Under-Deck Finish System

    A dropped ceiling of aluminum components applied to the bottom of deck framing, Under Deck Oasis captures water that would otherwise drain...


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