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Underlayment Installation Tips
Jun 19, 2017 | Posted in Builders, DIY

If you are laying sheet vinyl or vinyl tiles over your subfloor, a layer of subfloor underlayment will need to be installed. It’s imperative that your underlayment is installed correctly and remains pristine; any dents, bumps, nails or edges will show through the flooring. There are some tricks you can employ to ensure that your underlayment layer is properly installed.

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Building for Hurricane Season
Jun 13, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Now building to protect against loss of life and property damage is easier than you think.

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Measuring Moisture in OSB Sub-floor Panels
Jun 7, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Knowing the moisture content of your OSB sub-floor panel is an important indicator on whether to proceed with other stages of the build, especially if hardwood flooring is the next step. You need to know that using a moisture meter doesn’t give very accurate measurements with OSB or other glued products.

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Top 4 Air Sealing Hotspots for Effective Building Envelopes
Jun 2, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Your time is money, so knowing where to focus your air-sealing efforts will help you to achieve the desired results in a blower door test.

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Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of your Construction Company
May 29, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

We all know how invaluable a recommendation from a trusted friend is in finding new work for constructions companies. In fact, many companies rely on word-of-mouth to get ongoing business. By the same token, a bad review or unhappy customer can really do a lot of damage, especially now that social media allows both positive and negative reviews to reach a much wider audience and pop up every time someone searches your company name.

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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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