Why you Should Use Expansion Joints in Flooring and Sub-flooring
Aug 16, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

Using expansion joints allows your flooring and sub-flooring to expand without affecting the look and feel of your floors.

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The Pros and Cons of Unventilated Attics
Aug 14, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Unventilated attics can help to mitigate energy loss through leaky ducts or ceiling fittings. The energy savings touted by unvented attics can be as high as 20%. However, if moisture is able to enter the unvented attic space, it may lead to roofing panel issues.

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Deck Joist Span Table
Aug 11, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When most builders are determining joist spans for decks, they refer to floor joist spans in their local US building codes. However, decks have to withstand moisture and inclement weather and may be framed with incised treated lumber which means that those joist ratios won’t be accurate.

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Controlling Against Moisture Damage for Wall Sheathing
Aug 8, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Moisture can cause many structural problems and create a very unhealthy home for your family when mold and mildew begin to form. Building a home that deals effectively with moisture requires due diligence from design to installation and on to maintenance. The home must be built in such a way as to prevent leaks which are the biggest cause of damage and it must also eliminate condensation which occurs naturally in every home.

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Minimizing Buckling for Asphalt Shingles
Aug 3, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

As much as 95% of US roofing starts with wood panel sheathing. This is because it’s easy to work with and provides a sturdy substrate for roofing materials. However, if the wood sheathing panels are not installed correctly, bucking may occur and this will telegraph through to the shingles causing a ‘wavy’ look. This can result in very expensive call backs for the construction company, so ensure that you follow these guidelines and the manufacturer’s instructions as well as your design professional’s outlines in order to avoid problems.

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Space your T&G Sub-flooring Panels Properly
Aug 2, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When installing tongue and groove OSB sub-flooring panels, it is essential that you space them correctly. Sub-flooring panels will expand and contract with changes in ambient moisture.

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A Cleaner Jobsite is a Better Jobsite
Jul 26, 2017 | Posted in Builders, DIY, Framers

Taking time to clean your jobsite every day and investing in equipment to help you with that is one of the best investments you can make in your business.

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Let-in Bracing the Old Way
Jul 25, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Every now and then it seems we get a glimpse back in time, and this user submitted photo showcases a blast from the past let-in bracing.

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Can I Compress Insulation?
Jul 17, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Compressing fiberglass provides more R-value per inch, but reduces the overall R-value.

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Protect your Surfaces During Construction
Jul 12, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

From bathtubs to hardwood floors to countertops, failing to properly protect surfaces will result in more costly callbacks that eat into those profit margins you’ve been working so hard to protect.

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Orientation of OSB roof boards when installing
Jul 10, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Does it matter which side is up when installing your OSB roof boards? Get the answer today from the Ol’ Sage Builder

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Raising the Roof: Raised-Heel Trusses
Jul 7, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Framers

Raised-heel trusses provide a cost-effective way to meet more stringent energy efficiency codes. It’s not surprising that four out of five modern homes are built with pre-fabricated trusses as they offer a lot of advantages; a more uniform pitch and size, increased spans mean fewer internal load-bearing walls and they can be installed quickly, with less labor.

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