Which way should you install OSB on a roof?
Jan 19, 2018 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

Curious on which way you should be installing your roof OSB? The Ol’ Sage Builder has the answer once again!

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Insulated Headers Increase R-Values
Jan 18, 2018 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

“Energy Savings Start With The Framing.” As energy codes become more stringent and homeowners demand higher performing homes, designers are looking at innovative ways to improve the efficacy of their building envelopes. Insulated headers can really help to improve the R-value and provide wall cavity space for insulation. ASHRAE estimates that at least 4 percent of the wall assembly consists of headers. If 4 percent of your wall is not properly insulated, your energy envelope will not be performing at its best.

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How Trade Shows Can Boost Your Business
Jan 16, 2018 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Trade shows are an exceptional marketing tool in the tool belt of the construction industry entrepreneur. While they are not to be entered into lightly, a well-run trade show exhibit can help your business to stand out in a competitive market.

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Always Read the Instructions
Jan 12, 2018 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

One of the ones we neglect most often is to follow the manufacturer’s Instructions, something the Ol’ Sage Builder recommends you do!

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7 Must-have Construction Apps for the New Year
Jan 9, 2018 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

As managers get more tech savvy and labor shortages force companies to look for ways to build faster and more efficiently, technology is providing those who adopt it with a distinct edge.

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Village of Tiny Houses Gives Vets a Place to call Home
Dec 27, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Now a new initiative by the Veteran’s Community Project (VCP), based in Kansas City, is creating a village of 50 tiny houses to provide housing for veterans in the area.

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Does OSB emit Volatile Organic Compounds?
Dec 22, 2017 | Posted in The Ol' Sage Builder

We recently received a message from one of our readers, and the Ol Sage thought he would pass it along as it is important to be concerned about Volatile Organic Compounds.

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8 Winter Maintenance Steps for Homeowners
Dec 20, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Taking steps to properly maintain your home during the winter months will mean saving money on things like burst pipes and damaged roofs. Regular winter maintenance will also mean a more comfortable home and lower heating bills.

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Framer Profile: Zeb Gaw
Dec 18, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, Framers, Profile

Zeb Gaw decided to get into the framing industry after being out of high school for just one week. “You can only sit around for so long,” he smiles.

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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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