Ladder Safety Tips from OSHA
Mar 24, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set out a detailed guide to ladder safety to prevent jobsite injuries. You can get the whole guide here, but we have set out some of the most salient points to remember, especially as winter ice and snow makes jobsites even more treacherous.

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Don’t Forget to Space your Panels Correctly
Mar 22, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Floor, Wall and roof sheathing panels must be spaced 1/8’ apart. Wood expands and contracts with changes in moisture conditions and these gaps are essential in preventing buckling. So read on to make sure your space correctly!

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With Blower-Door Tests,Timing is Everything
Mar 20, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

If you have been administering your blower door test at the end of your build, then you may be missing out on an essential opportunity to make your building envelope even tighter. Doing two blower-door tests; one mid-way through your build and one at the end, will give you a unique opportunity to fix cracks and holes before they get covered over by insulation and sheetrock.

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Heavily Loaded Drywall Carts Damage Wood Panels and Floor Systems
Mar 14, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Drywall Carts are used to ferry materials around construction job sites. When these carts are overloaded and traverse wood sub-flooring panels, they can cause damage, especially when these panels are wet from exposure to the elements.

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Follow Proper Nailing Patterns on Roofing to Prevent Callbacks
Mar 9, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

When the sun is at a particular angle, you can see the outline of the OSB panels on my roof. This causes a ‘windowpane’ effect. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?

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Dealing with Negative Online Reviews
Mar 6, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

As a construction company owner or manager, you understand the necessity of promoting your business online. Your website and social media platforms are invaluable in driving business and amplifying the good ‘word of mouth’ business you rely on. But you can’t please all of the people all of the time and sooner or later you will get a bad review. Sometimes these may even come from competitors. If bad reviews are hurting your business, here’s how to restore your online reputation.

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Prevent Gaps in Wood Flooring over the Winter
Mar 1, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

During the winter months, the relative humidity (RH) in our homes drop, causing wood floors to dry out. When that happens, the wood shrinks and small gaps form between the floorboards. There are a number of ways to mitigate this problem and help to preserve the look of your flooring while adding to it’s longevity.

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Tips to Make your Move Easier
Feb 21, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

While it’s never going to be fun, there are ways you can make your move easier for you and your family. Here are some tips and tricks from moving pros to make your relocation as seamless as possible.

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Advantages of Using a Certified Professional Building Designer
Feb 21, 2017 | Posted in Podcast

The following Podcast is part of a series recorded live at the 2017 International Builder’s Show in Orlando. Listen to our interview with Kevin Holdridge and Steve Mickley from the AIBD while we discuss the advantages of using a Certified Professional Building Designer.

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Common Mistakes to Avoid when Installing Roof Sheathing
Feb 20, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

As the old saying goes; “The devil is in the details” and successfully installing roof sheathing is definitely all about the details. It may look easy but if it’s not done right, the end result can cost a lot of money and time in expensive call backs.

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Installation Tips for Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Feb 16, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Perhaps one of the most pervasive roofing options in North America, the asphalt shingle roof is a durable and cost-effective roofing option. In order to get the most curb appeal from your installation, here are some tips on installing asphalt shingles for optimum results.

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Circular Saw Safety Tips
Feb 13, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

No matter your style of circular saw, the fact that they are used so close to the hands and body mean they pose a very real threat to you and your crew’s safety. Here are a few tips from OSHA to help you keep your construction site safe.

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