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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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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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Tips to Make your Move Easier
Feb 21, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

While it’s never going to be fun, there are ways you can make your move easier for you and your family. Here are some tips and tricks from moving pros to make your relocation as seamless as possible.

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Installation Tips for Asphalt Shingle Roofs
Feb 16, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

Perhaps one of the most pervasive roofing options in North America, the asphalt shingle roof is a durable and cost-effective roofing option. In order to get the most curb appeal from your installation, here are some tips on installing asphalt shingles for optimum results.

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Circular Saw Safety Tips
Feb 13, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

No matter your style of circular saw, the fact that they are used so close to the hands and body mean they pose a very real threat to you and your crew’s safety. Here are a few tips from OSHA to help you keep your construction site safe.

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Greening Your Old Condo Building can Save You Money
Feb 6, 2017 | Posted in Builders, DIY

Even in older condo buildings, residents and owners can make changes to reduce their energy usage and their impact on the environment. Here are just some of the ways you can update your old condo building to reduce your monthly bills and your impact on Mother Nature.

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Selling? Here’s how to Compete with New Homes on the Market
Feb 2, 2017 | Posted in Builders, DIY

If you are about to put your older home on the market, you will have to compete with new builds in your area. Spending a few dollars on some carefully-chosen renovations can earn you more in the long run and ensure that your home sells quickly.

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The APA: A Valuable Resource for Industry Professionals Part 2
Jan 27, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The APA has helped to promote ingenuity in the building industry for over 70 years. It has become the gold standard in engineered wood products and industry professionals the world over turn to the APA as their trusted partner in building excellence. We get an exclusive look into how this incredible organization works with its partners to find building solutions for the changing market needs.

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The APA: A Valuable Resource for Industry Professionals Part 1
Jan 24, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

The APA has helped to promote ingenuity in the building industry for over 70 years. It has become the gold standard in engineered wood products and industry professionals the world over turn to the APA as their trusted partner in building excellence. We get an exclusive look into how this incredible organization works with its partners to find building solutions for the changing market needs.

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The Real Cost of Workplace Injuries
Jan 20, 2017 | Posted in Builders, Dealers, DIY, Framers

We get it, creating a safe jobsite takes time and money and often you just need to get the job done. Sticking to regulations about working at height or putting in the kinds of safety measures that many of your employees see as unnecessary may tempt you into taking shortcuts on your construction jobsite. Unfortunately, accidents happen and when they do, your negligence may cost you a fortune.

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