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Saws are one of the most common causes of injuries on construction sites. The National Institute of Heath reported over 30,000 table saw injuries last year. The medical costs resulting from these injuries were estimated to cost over $2 billion. Worse still is that many of the injuries to fingers and hands meant construction workers …

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Are Triple-Pane Windows a Good Investment?

As efficient building envelopes become more of a priority for builders, you may be considering investing in triple-pane windows for the R-value they offer. The technology behind window design has improved in leaps and bounds as manufacturers attempt to overcome the poor insulation value that windows traditionally offer the home builder. Unfortunately, the improved insulation comes at a high price. Do triple-pane windows offer sufficient energy-saving to justify the investment?

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Where Water Damage Hides

Building materials don’t like water. Often, by the time we see water damage, it’s too late and we have structural damage. You can get ahead of mold and mildew by regularly checking these areas to ensure you don’t have a moisture problem. This is especially helpful when buying a home—these sources of moisture may stay …

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Norbord’s “BECOME A FRAMER” Campaign Aims to Recruit Young Framers

Norbord is launching its Become a Framer outreach which is an evolution of its successful Thank a Framer campaign. Become a Framer aims to reduce construction labor shortages by creating awareness of the opportunities the trades offer. Become a Framer recruits young Americans directly by providing the resources they need to start a career in …

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Programmable Thermostats; Do They Really Save Money?

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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5 Hardwood Flooring Problems and How to Prevent Them

The appeal of wood is its natural makeup and warm texture. But that which most attracts us to hardwood flooring is also the reason for most of the call backs flooring installers have to deal with. When problems occur, inspectors must determine who the culprit is and it’s usually moisture. Understanding how moisture affects a flooring and sub-flooring installation can help you to avoid problems and expensive call backs.

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