The Opioid Crisis in the Construction Industry
Dec 15, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

The opioid crisis has been declared a public health emergency and is claiming almost 100 American lives every day. The construction industry has not managed to escape the grip of this epidemic.

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Common Fiber-Cement Siding Issues and How to Avoid Them
Dec 11, 2017 | Posted in DIY, The Ol' Sage Builder

Each fiber-cement siding product has its own installation instructions. These can be found in the Evaluation Service Report document(ESR). Before preparing to install siding, search online for the ESR by typing ESR and the product’s name. Knowing what the manufacturer’s instructions are is essential for the correct installation of your fiber-cement siding.

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Thinking of a Career in Construction? America Needs You!
Dec 8, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Framers

After decades of encouraging students to continue their post-school education at universities, dire labor shortages in trades are seeing a shift to vocational education instead.

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Top Five OSHA Violations and How to Prevent Them
Dec 5, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

OSHA regulations are there to protect workers and property owners. Failure to adhere to OSHA regulations can lead to stiff fines for construction companies. Injuries on the jobsite that are reported to OSHA will lead to fines being imposed and crippling delays.

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5 Lighting Must-Haves for Homeowners
Dec 4, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

A June poll surveyed 1,563 homeowners to find what they were looking for in home lighting. What they found was that homeowners wanted energy efficiency, safety and smart technology in their lighting systems.

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Home Energy Audits
Nov 29, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

While most professionals have some experience with home energy audits, there are many contractors who take short cuts. Knowing what to expect from a home energy audit and the right questions to ask will ensure that you get the most accurate results.

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Framer Profile: Luis Sanchez
Nov 27, 2017 | Posted in Articles, Framers, Profile

The framing industry is one in which the American dream is still alive and kicking. That means you can start at the bottom with little or no experience and training and, if you work hard and show dedication, you will be rewarded. Luis first entered the framing industry a little more than 10 years ago when he was 18 years old. His brother was already working in the industry as…

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Framer Profile: Alex Duenas
Nov 20, 2017 | Posted in Articles, Framers, Profile

Alex began framing in 1999 right out of high school. He’d been considering a number of careers as well as joining the Navy, but he hadn’t found a good fit. While he made up his mind, he got a job with a friend who had been working in the framing industry for three years. He took to it like a duck to water and he’s never looked back. Being a…

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Safety Upgrades to discuss with your Customers
Nov 20, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

Fires and gas leaks are always on the minds of homeowners who want to protect their property and keep their family safe. As technology improves, our fire and gas detection appliances get smarter all the time. When completing renovations or a new build, be sure to keep your clients up to date with the latest safety options.

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How to Fix Window Condensation
Nov 14, 2017 | Posted in DIY, The Ol' Sage Builder

As the weather cools, you may notice that your windows ‘sweat’ whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees F. Water condenses on the window and runs down to wet the frames and sills.

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Framer Profile: Lenar Umanzar
Nov 13, 2017 | Posted in Articles, Framers, Profile

Lenar grew up on his father’s farm in El Salvador. He didn’t have a bike or shoes and didn’t know what a TV was. School was an hour and a half away on foot and, after school, he worked on the family farm. He and three brothers shared a bed. His dream was to come to America and work in construction. In 1988, he moved to the United States at…

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Expansion Joints in Flooring
Nov 13, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Expansion and contraction of your flooring system is a given. Because they are manufactured from different materials or different kinds of the same material, your flooring and substrate will expand and contract at different rates. Expansion joints give your flooring the space it needs to expand without buckling or cracking.

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