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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The Importance of Attic Ventilation
Apr 6, 2017 | Posted in Articles, Builders, DIY, Framers

Ventilating your attic is key to reducing moisture and avoiding mold. Attic ventilation is a critical factor to ensure that moisture and hot summer air issues are addressed correctly. This will help to preserve the structural integrity of your roof system, reduce energy costs in the warm summer months, improve the effectiveness of your insulation in the winter months and prevent the formation of ice dams.

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Should you Use Propane Heaters to Dry Buildings?
Mar 29, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Often builders will use a propane heater to dry paint, drywall mud, etc. but what happens when hardwood is installed right after with no time to allow the house to dry?

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Raised-Heel Trusses Save You Money and Time
Mar 27, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

One way to work smarter is to build using raised-heel trusses. From the APA: “Also known as energy-heel trusses, raised-heel trusses deliver cost-effective energy performance especially when combined with continuous plywood or OSB sheathing.”

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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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