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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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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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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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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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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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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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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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