Insulation Tips for Drafty Openings

Light switches, light fittings and outlets can be a major source of heat loss in winter and cool air in the summer. A tiny 1/8-inch gap around six ceiling light fixtures adds up to a 2 square-inch hole in your ceiling. Putting gaskets behind switch plates is a good start, but these don’t provide a …

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Preventing Common Callbacks

Many callbacks are the result of too much moisture in the home. Not only can this result in mold and mildew, but swelling of materials can cause buckling, cracking and other issues. Here are some common ways that water finds its way into a new home. Proper Drainage Intersecting roof planes can make for stunning …

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Why the Festive Season is the Busiest for Plumbers

It’s not what you’re thinking! But the festive season does mean blocked sinks and garbage disposals as homes try to deal with abnormally large volumes of waste. With families making enormous meals at Thanksgiving and Christmas, leftovers and grease can contribute to plumbing woes. Mr. Rooter Plumbing reports a whopping 50% increase in the number …

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Strategies to Retain Crew Members in a Labor Shortage

It’s tough times for construction managers—you have plenty of work, but great employees are difficult to come by thanks to the growing labor shortage in the construction industry. Retaining valuable staff members goes beyond paying more. Here are some strategies for staff retention that will help you reduce turnover, so you can maintain profit margins …

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Communication is Key for Callback Prevention

Change comes slowly to the construction industry, but modern homeowners are a different creature. Thanks to the internet, they are better informed and more demanding. If you want to keep your clients happy, get word-of-mouth referrals and avoid expensive callbacks, you need to up your communication game. Construction projects have a nasty reputation for being …

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Survey Finds Most Workers Suffer from Fatigue

The National Safety Council conducted a survey called “Fatigue in Safety-Critical Industries: Impact, Risks and Recommendations,” which found that 69% of US workers who occupy safety-critical jobs are fatigued. The figures for construction were much higher with 100% of workers reporting issues with fatigue. Tired workers can have disastrous consequences on jobsites. With all of …

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Should You Buy Equipment or Lease It?

Investment in equipment is essential for the successful construction company, but knowing when to buy, rent, lease or borrow can really help to maximize your profits. When weighing the odds on these options, you’re really calculating risk. Buying equipment results in higher profit margins, but overinvesting can mean you actually lose money. When you are …

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Should your Small Construction Company Get a Drone?

The building industry has traditionally been reticent to adopt change. Construction professionals have been building homes in the same way for decades and, while they are quick to upgrade tools, they don’t usually go for every technological fad that hits the market. Drones, however, are no fad and their usefulness coupled with relatively inexpensive upfront …

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Are Ceilings Fans a Good Investment?

Do you leave your ceiling fans on even when you aren’t in the room? Some experts argue that ceiling fans aren’t doing you any favors if left on when no one is home. Fans are a great way to cool down because they evaporate sweat. When air moves across the surface of your skin, it …

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