Fiberglass Batt Installation Tips
May 18, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

Fiberglass batts, when installed properly, can provide exceptional value. Here are some tips to getting the most out of your insulation:

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Ladder Safety Tips from OSHA
May 15, 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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Tips for Creating Building Contracts with Clients
May 9, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Framers

As any experienced contractor will tell you, a good build starts with a good contract. Even the nicest customers can turn if there is a dispute and money is involved. Contracts outline what is expected of each party, what their responsibilities are and where the liabilities rest.

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Minimize moisture content on your wall sheathing?
May 3, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Did your wall sheathing get wet? Well, best listen to the Ol’ Sage Builder regarding the maximum moisture content before closing up your walls.

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Nail Gun Safety Tips
May 1, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

According to OSHA, nail guns are responsible for 37,000 trips to the emergency room each year. Here are the six most important safety tips to follow to avoid nail-gun injuries.

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How to Build for Major Wind Events
Apr 24, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

If you live in an area that is prone to wind events, you can build to mitigate damage to property and risk of injury.

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What are the Small Black Diamonds on Tape Measures?
Apr 21, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Ever noticed the little black diamonds or triangles on your tape measure?

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Radiant Barriers: Myths Busted and Facts Explained
Apr 19, 2017 | Posted in Builders, DIY, Framers

Radiant barriers are utilized to reduce summer heat gain in attics and help to improve the efficiency of green building envelopes. A radiant barrier can lower heat transfer from attics to the building below, keep the attic space cooler and lower cooling costs by up to 17% in warmer climates. We take a look at how radiant barriers work, the different types of radiant barriers and some of the misconceptions surrounding them.

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What’s your Building Science Climate Zone?
Apr 17, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers

Knowing your climate zone and building accordingly is one of the basic tenants of building science. Moisture, extreme temperatures and inclement weather require completely different building techniques to ensure longevity and efficiency. When you know your building climate zone you can select techniques and materials that are safe, cost effective, and efficient to install and provide an energy efficient building envelope.

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Utilizing Raised-Heel Trusses will Improve HERS Rating
Apr 12, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

We already know that raised-heel trusses save you time. But raised-heel trusses can also save you material and money. Allowing full-depth insulation over the wall plates may allow a lower R-Value in the attic in some climate zones. Because the insulation won’t be compressed, you are able to use less insulation which saves you money.

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Maintaining Professionalism When you Don’t Know the Answer
Apr 10, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Discovering gaps in your knowledge is great as it helps you to improve and research areas that will make you a better builder and a better construction manager.

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Recruiting and Retaining the Best Crew in Today’s Building Market
Apr 10, 2017 | Posted in Podcast

Looming labor shortages are at the forefront of every construction manager’s mind. You know the value of reliable workers who are able to work efficiently and finish projects on time.

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