Ladder Safety Tips from OSHA

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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Preventing Sub-Floor Squeaks Part 1

Contrary to popular belief, squeaky floors are not just an ‘old home’ problem. Most squeaks originate in the finished flooring (especially from poor installation of hardwood) but occasionally they can be in the sub-floor system if the proper care is not taken during installation. Sub-flooring systems built to minimum code requirements are more susceptible to squeaking over time.

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Choosing the Sales Representatives that are Right for Your Business

You may be the most experienced, technical savvy construction professional in the business, but if you don’t have a good sales team, you just won’t be able to close deals in today’s competitive market. With profit margins the way they are and competition increasing, the ability to close sales becomes all the more crucial to the future of your business. Whether you are looking to improve your own selling techniques or employ sales reps that will help to grow your business, these tips may help.

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Installing Ceramic Tiling over OSB Subflooring

OSB panels provide an excellent base for many types of finished flooring including ceramic tiles if careful attention to the construction and preparation of the subfloor is paid in order to avoid costly callbacks. Planning and patience along with these tips will help ensure that you install the quality of finished flooring you are looking for. Always follow the manufacturer’s installation instructions and/or the Tile Association’s recommendations.

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Insulated Headers Increase R-Values

“Energy Savings Start With The Framing.” As energy codes become more stringent and homeowners demand higher performing homes, designers are looking at innovative ways to improve the efficacy of their building envelopes. Insulated headers can really help to improve the R-value and provide wall cavity space for insulation. ASHRAE estimates that at least 4 percent of the wall assembly consists of headers. If 4 percent of your wall is not properly insulated, your energy envelope will not be performing at its best.

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