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

Thursday, 12/5

9:30 am  - 10:30 am       
Superior Rain Resistant Floor System Construction

11:30 am  - 12:30 pm     
Building Envelope - Easy Way To Success

1:15 pm  - 2:00 pm
Alternative Load Path Strategies

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Faster Dry In = Faster Finish = More Profit

4:15 pm  - 4:45 pm
Framing Tips - Squares , Lasers , Cutting tips

Friday, 12/6

9:30 am  - 10:30 am
Superior Rain Resistant Floor System Construction

11:15 am  - 12:00 pm
Alternative Load Path Strategies

12:45 pm - 1:30 pm
Tradition vs Technology - Weatherization

2:00 pm - 2:45 pm
Common Roof Cutting Shortcuts  & Faster Dry In

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
JLC LIVE Clinic Sponsors

Thursday, 12/5

9:15 am  - 9:45 am
Picture - Perfect Baluster Layout

10:30 am  - 11:15 am
Deck Guardrail Post Attachment Systems

11:30 am – 12:00 pm
Located at the Tool Zone - Hidden Decking Fastener Installation Tools

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Deck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Install Practices

1:15 pm  - 2:00 pm
Challenging Deck Ledger Installations and Solutions

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm
Leak-proof Deck Ledger Flashing

4:15 pm  - 4:45 pm Deck Code Q&A

Friday, 12/6

9:15 am  - 9:45 am
Picture - Perfect Baluster Layout

10:30 am  - 11:15 am
Leak-proof Deck Ledger Flashing

11:15 am – 12:00 pm
Deck Guardrail Post Attachment Systems

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm
Deck Frame Bracing and Lateral Load Reinforcement

1:30 pm  - 2:00 pm
Located at the Tool Zone - Hidden Decking Fastener Installation Tools

2:15 pm - 2:45 pm
Deck Code Q&A

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

Thursday, 12/5

9:30am      Trim Details to Make the Front Door Pop
11:00am    Building Box Beams and Posts
1:00pm      Building A Mantel That Makes a Statement
3:30pm      Success with Site Built Cabinets

Friday, 12/6

9:30am      Building a Craftsman Style Mantel
12:00pm    Trim Details to Make the Front Door Pop
1:30pm      Wainscotting for a Classic Look

Durable Exteriors 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.

Thursday, 12/5

9:30am      Installing an Exterior Pre-hung Entry Door
11:15am    Durable Real Wood Siding Installation: Part                     1 - Weather Resistive Barrier & Wall Prep

12:45pm    Located at the Tool Zone - Tips and Tricks

2:00pm      Durable Real Wood Siding Installation: Part                     2 - Real Cedar Beveled Siding
3:30pm      Installing an Exterior Pre-hung Entry Door

Friday, 12/6

9:30am      Installing an Exterior Pre-hung Entry Door
11:00am    Durable Real Wood Siding Installation: Part                     1 - Weather Resistive Barrier & Wall Prep

12:15pm    Located at the Tool Zone - Tips and Tricks

1:45pm      Durable Real Wood Siding Installation: Part                     2 - Real Cedar Beveled Siding

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.

Thursday, 12/5

9:30 am    True Comfort: Carbon Storing Red List Free                   Insulation Practices

11:30 am  Durable Airtightness without Toxicity

1:30 pm    How to Guarantee Fresh Air + Hot
                   Showers - Efficiently

3:30 pm    Window and Finishes Demo

Friday, 12/6

9:15 am    True Comfort: Carbon Storing Red List Free                    Insulation Practices

10:30 am   Air Tightness Without Indoor Toxins

1:45 pm     How to Guarantee Fresh Air + Hot Showers                     - Efficiently

Veteran builder/remodeler Rick Arnold fabricates and installs a variety of durable exterior details using not only synthetic trim and siding but also mortarless stone veneer panels which require only basic carpentry skills to install. Flashing details, custom entries, siding tips and much more will be presented. Seats fill up quickly so come early.

Demo Schedule

Thursday, 12/5

9:30am      Tricky Flashing Details
11:30am    Building Custom Exterior Trim
1:30pm      Water Management and Cladding Systems
3:30pm      Siding Best Practices

Friday, 12/6

9:30am      Tricky Flashing Details
11:30am    Building Custom Exterior Trim
1:30pm      Water Management and Cladding Systems

JLC presents carpenter, R|D|J deck building presenter and MyFixitUpLife tool review specialist Mark Clement as he introduces your favorite industry professionals Mike Guertin, Peter Heard and Gary Striegler for hands-on tool demonstrations to improve efficiency and craftsmanship.  Learn tips and techniques for trim carpentry, decking, insulation and more.


Tool Zone Tips & Tricks Demo Schedule

Mark Clement at JLC LIVE

9:30 am - 10:00 am     Hands on Demo with In-Line Circular Saws
10:30 am - 11:00 am     Hands on Demo with Compound Miter Saws
11:30 am – 12:30 pm   Mike Guertin - Hidden Decking Fastener Installation Tools
12:45 pm - 1:30 pm     Peter Heard - #TinyTipTuesday on Thursday
1:45 pm – 2:15 pm      Hands on Demo with Impact Drivers
2:30 pm – 3:15 pm     Gary Striegler - Cutting Crown Molding
3:30 pm – 4:00 pm    Hands on Demo with In-Line Circular Saws
4:15 pm - 4:45 pm     Hands on Demo with Compound Miter Saws

9:15 am - 9:45 am       Hands on Demo with Impact Drivers
10:00 am - 10:30 am   Hands on Demo with In-Line Circular Saws
10:45 am – 11:30 am  Gary Striegler - Cutting Crown Molding
12:15 pm - 1:00 pm     Peter Heard - #TinyTipTuesday on Thursday
1:30 pm – 2:00 pm     Mike Guertin - Hidden Decking Fastener Installation Tools
2:15 pm – 2:45 pm     Hands on Demo with Compound Miter Saws