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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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Top Five OSHA Violations and How to Prevent Them
Dec 5, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

OSHA regulations are there to protect workers and property owners. Failure to adhere to OSHA regulations can lead to stiff fines for construction companies. Injuries on the jobsite that are reported to OSHA will lead to fines being imposed and crippling delays.

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5 Lighting Must-Haves for Homeowners
Dec 4, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

A June poll surveyed 1,563 homeowners to find what they were looking for in home lighting. What they found was that homeowners wanted energy efficiency, safety and smart technology in their lighting systems.

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How to Fix Window Condensation
Nov 14, 2017 | Posted in DIY, The Ol' Sage Builder

As the weather cools, you may notice that your windows ‘sweat’ whenever the temperature drops below 40 degrees F. Water condenses on the window and runs down to wet the frames and sills.

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Expansion Joints in Flooring
Nov 13, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Expansion and contraction of your flooring system is a given. Because they are manufactured from different materials or different kinds of the same material, your flooring and substrate will expand and contract at different rates. Expansion joints give your flooring the space it needs to expand without buckling or cracking.

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Choosing the Right Paintbrush for the Job
Nov 8, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY

Getting a finish that looks like it’s been sprayed on takes careful preparation and execution. Choosing the right paintbrush is the key to success.

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Programmable Thermostats; Do They Really Save Money?
Nov 2, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Programmable thermostats do have the potential to save the homeowner money, but they can also cost more. The secret to success is the way in which you use them. Whether you are installing one in your own home or in a home for your customer, it’s imperative to educate users so that they are able to effectively save energy (and money) by installing a programmable thermostat.

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Wildfire Preparedness: Reducing Risks to Your Home
Oct 10, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Drought has placed many areas at risk of wild fires. Even places that traditionally did not have to concern themselves with possible bush fires are now at risk thanks to changing weather conditions. The International Association of Fire Chiefs have set out a wildfire preparedness guide called Ready, Set, Go which covers emergency preparedness before, during and after a wildfire. Ensuring that you and your family are adequately prepared for wildfires will drastically reduce the likelihood of property damage, injury or death.

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Dangers of Confined Spaces for Work Crews
Sep 18, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

While no one likes working in crawl spaces, attics and other confined spaces, it is necessary to do on nearly every building site. Now the US Occupational Safety & Health Administration (OSHA) has new rules for safety in confined spaces. While these rules are designed to make the work environment safer, they will usher in major changes to the way construction workers do their jobs.

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Know your Building Science Climate Zone
Sep 15, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Knowing the climate zone your residential build will take place in will influence many of the decisions you will make as to construction methods and building materials. As energy conservation becomes a growing concern, building to your climate zone is an excellent way to ensure that you are providing your clients with the best options. Keep in mind that building and energy codes are the minimum standard.

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Hurricanes: Are you Prepared? Part 2
Aug 30, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) predicts fewer hurricanes this summer thanks to the El Niño effect. But with 8-13 tropical storms and 6-8 hurricanes predicted, you still need to be prepared. To ensure that you and your home are ready for strong wind events and flooding, here are some hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA.

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Hurricanes: Are you Prepared? Part 1
Aug 28, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration (NOAA) has some good news for residents in hurricane areas this summer. Thanks to the El Niño effect, this year will see a slight reprieve from the high volume storm seasons we have had over the last couple of years. This year’s hurricane season is expected to yield between 8-13 tropical storms with 6-8 of those expected to develop into hurricanes. To ensure that you and your home are ready for strong wind events and flooding, here are some hurricane preparedness tips from FEMA.

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