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Picking the right paint color is a tricky business. It’s difficult to know what the color will look like on a wall when all you have to go on is a tiny paint swatch. One thing you may not expect is that some colors can actually make your walls look dirty, especially in the low-light …

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Out of the 358 Metro areas analyzed by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC) between November 2018 and November 2019, 63% registered increases in employment numbers. Thanks to the current labor shortage, most construction companies expect to add workers in 2020, although some fear it will be challenging to fill positions. A recent AGC survey discovered that …

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Best Construction Calculators

Measure twice, cut once – you know it, you love it and here’s an easy way to make sure you get it right. A construction calculator needs to be portable and practical so you can solve those construction math problems on the fly. Jobber 6 Great for construction calculations and converting between metric and US. …

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Blower Door Testing 101

Building enveloped that perform poorly reduce energy efficiency, increase ROI times, and increase carbon footprints and utility bills for building owners. A blower door test can help to establish the airtightness of small to medium buildings, measure the flow of air between different areas in a building and test the airtightness of ductwork.

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Understanding R-value and U-value

Knowing what R-value and U-values mean is key to following energy issues and to selecting products that best suit the climate zone you are building in. R-value is essentially a product’s resistance to heat flow. Adversely, U-value measures the rate of heat transfer. This means that products with a lower U-value will be more energy efficient. It is tempting to think that these two values are direct opposites of each other, but there are some important differences to note.

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Resources for Women in Construction

Suffering a major labor shortage, the construction industry is finally opening up to women. If you are thinking of a career in construction, there are a number of resources that can help you along the way. If you are already involved in the industry, these resources can connect you with the large network of resources, …

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DOL Technical Assistance Guide for the Construction Industry

The US Department of Labor has updated its Technical Assistance Guide (TAG) for the building industry. The guide helps construction managers and owners meet legal requirements and responsibilities for equal employment opportunity. “The Construction Technical Assistance Guide provides comprehensive and clear guidance that will help ensure equal employment opportunity and non-discrimination in the construction sector,” …

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9-Foot Trims Increased Popularity

The trend toward more 9-foot ceilings in both single-family and multifamily housing starts is really gaining traction. Surveys shows increased production output in 2011 and 2012 of 9-foot and longer trims with no end in sight to this trend. Read on for more details…

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Garage Storage Tips

The garage is a convenient place to store goods and we tend to use it as the repository for all that doesn’t fit in our homes. There are items, however, that should not be stored in the garage. Here’s a couple of storage tips to follow. Dirty Rags If you’ve used a rag to clean …

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