LIVE Building Clinics

Our signature LIVE education areas help you refine your techniques, increase your productivity, and give you first-hand views of the newest products in action! Entrance into all LIVE installation clinics is included with all attendee registration packages.

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Veteran builder Mike Sloggatt details the reasons for structural connections and showcases both tricks for making them efficiently as well as connection options you may not have considered. Whether you are an old hand with a framing hammer or an apprentice carpenter, Mike’s presentations will give you tools you can put to work the next day. Get there early–you'll always find that seats are packed for the Builders Workshop!

Builders Workshop at JLC LIVE Northwest

To meet homeowners' expectations and code officials' demands, your decks need to be more than just beautiful. Decks must be designed and constructed to be safe, long lasting. Mike brings 9 new deck construction demonstrations to this year's show covering a wide range of topics where novice workers can learn the basics and seasoned deck builders and remodelers can up their knowledge and building techniques.

  • Picture-Perfect Baluster Layout
  • Deck Guardrail Assemblies
  • Leak-proof Ledger Flashing
  • Ledger Attachment: Codes and Installation Practices
  • Challenging Ledger Installations and Solutions (Brick/Stone veneer, Open-web trusses...)
  • Hidden Decking Fastener Tools that Accelerate Installation
  • Deck Code Q&A
  • Site-Built Underdeck Drainage System for < $1/sf
  • Deck Frame Bracing and Lateral Load Reinforcement
Decks LIVE Clinic at JLC Northwest

Well-known carpenter Gary Striegler demonstrates the interior trim methods that make him one of the most popular authors in both the Journal of Light Construction and Fine Homebuilding magazines. Get a full plate of finish carpentry know-how from Gary that includes methods for building up moldings to create stunning entryways, mantles, and wainscoting. 

Building Clinic at JLC LIVE

Building envelope expert Peter Heard explains how proper installation keeps water out of walls, particularly at penetrations such as windows and doors, while creating natural wood exteriors that last. You’ll leave with a greater overall understanding of how the parts of an exterior wall should integrate for looks, durability, and the long-term health of the home’s occupants. Plan time with Peter and learn what it takes to give your exterior the best in performance.

Representatives of the Northwest EcoBuilding Guild go start to finish on a low-carbon footprint building envelope that will last a century or more. The Guild empowers people through education to transform the built environment for long term sustainability.

Sponsored by:

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Northwest EcoBuilding Guild


Wood isn’t the only great-looking siding. Builder and remodeler Rick Arnold shows attendees how to achieve a long-lasting exterior using synthetic materials that include both real-looking panelized stone and traditional siding profiles. Each of these products require only carpentry skills to install, so you can skip the mason and the painter and finish your jobs faster. Get your seat early–seats in this clinic fill quickly!

2019 content coming soon...




The 2018 Tool Zone was a big success and more information about 2019 will be available soon!

The 2018 Tool Zone offered the most focused, tool related content in JLC LIVE Northwest history with product demos sponsored by Bosch, Festool, Hitachi, and Stabila and presented by Tools Of the Trade staff, Jordan Smith of the Build Channel, and our own JLC LIVE clinicians! All just a stroll away from the JLC LIVE Tool Pavilion sponsored by Charles H. Day for deals on tools made by Makita, Bosch, Stil, Hitachi, and Senco, featuring booths with tools from Stiletto, Festool, Olfa, Stabila, SawStop, Fasco, & more!