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  • Low and Slow: Grass Root Engineering

    Top Stories from
    21 May 2015 | 5:15 pm
    As the journey begins Dan offer's his initial thoughts on the state of the nation's infrastructure.
  • Ohio roofing firm helps after homeowners left without roof

    NRCA SmartBrief
    22 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    Rugh's Remodeling and Restoration of Ohio is stepping up to provide roofs for homeowners left in the lurch by another company -More- 
  • Video: Phase one of new subway line in NYC is 82% finished

    AGC SmartBrief
    22 May 2015 | 6:50 am
    The $4.45 billion first phase of the Second Avenue subway line in New York City is 82% finished, under budget and expected to -More- The QUIKRETE® mobile app is the new tool of the trade The QUIKRETE® mobile app provides professionals distinctive paths to the relevant information they need for a specific job at the right time. With one touch, contractors can access a product's technical specifications, calculate product quantities, and even find the closest store to a job site. It's the tool no one should be without. Available on iPhone and Android devices.
  • Contractors in Social Media: Plumbing the Soul of Irish Folk Music

    Contracting Business
    22 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Compiled by Kate Kelly Both HVAC and Plumbing contractors were busy on social media this week. Today’s top social media items show that HVAC and Plumbing aren’t always just about installing pipes and boxes. The people and companies that make up this industry showcased their artful side on social media this week. read more
  • Megaprojects Help Boost April Construction Starts, Dodge Data & Analytics Says

    Top Stories from
    21 May 2015 | 2:31 pm
    Volume of new projects climbed 10% from March, but declined 3%, when major projects are excluded.
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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Physicists develop efficient method of signal transmission from nanocomponents

    22 May 2015 | 7:53 am
    Physicists have developed an innovative method that could enable the efficient use of nanocomponents in electronic circuits. To achieve this, they have developed a layout in which a nanocomponent is connected to two electrical conductors, which uncouple the electrical signal in a highly efficient manner.
  • Flexible electronics harvest energy from natural motions of human body

    21 May 2015 | 5:16 am
    Researchers created thin, flexible electronic devices that efficiently harvest the mechanical energy from natural motions of the human body. In addition to advances in materials processing to enable creating these devices, accurate analytical models were developed to predict the electrical output.
  • Exploring mechanics of spider silk to design materials with high strength and low density

    15 May 2015 | 7:20 am
    Researchers explore the mechanics of silk to design materials. Coupling multiscale modeling with emerging microscale 3D-printing techniques, the team enabled a pathway to directly fabricate and test synthetic web structures by design. The lessons learned through this approach may help harness spider silk's strength for other uses, and ultimately inspire engineers to digitally design new structures and composites that are reliable and damage-resistant.
  • First large-scale graphene fabrication

    14 May 2015 | 9:13 pm
    One of the barriers to using graphene at a commercial scale could be overcome using a new method. Graphene, a material stronger and stiffer than carbon fiber, has enormous commercial potential but has been impractical to employ on a large scale, with researchers limited to using small flakes of the material.
  • Wood-polymer composite furniture with low flammability

    7 May 2015 | 5:19 am
    Wood is a popular material in interior design, but its water absorbency limits its use in bathrooms, where natural wood easily becomes discolored or moldy. Scientists have developed a wood-polymer composite material for furniture that is resistant to humidity and has low flammability.
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Marine Epoxy Primer provides waterproof barrier coating.

    22 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Providing maximum resistance in both fresh and salt water, Pettit Protect® with Mica Shield Technology is suited for all exterior exposures. Heavy-duty, 2-component coating incorporates slate Mica into epoxy resin, which overlaps like shingles on roof, creating impenetrable structural barrier. In addition to osmotic blister prevention, product is formulated for tenacious adhesion making it suitable for new boats. High-solids formula also offers corrosion protection on all underwater metals....This story is related to the following:Epoxy Coatings | Epoxy Primers
  • Heat Seal Coating suits flexible food packaging applications.

    14 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Based on high molecular weight polyolefin, Michem Flex HS268 produces strong bonds in heat seal applications. Water-based, VOC-free coating has low heat seal initiation temperature, offers optimized blocking resistance, and can be further formulated with slip additives to achieve low coefficient of friction without losing bond strength. In addition to paper, metal foil, or metallized surfaces, water-resistant coating can be applied to matte, white, or cavitated films in conjunction with...This story is related to the following:Water Based Coatings |
  • Architectural Coatings offer multiple color, effect choices.

    14 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Fluropon® Effects include several families offering sparkling, richly saturated, and color-shifting pigments. Nova products combine rich color with dynamic sparkle. Featuring nature-inspired palette, Rustica comes in natural and polychromatic colors including some with subtle color-shift. Kameleon™ pearlescent hues with active color shifts deliver iridescent, multi-toned effect; intense, vibrant colors appear to shift when viewed from different angles or in changing lighting. This story is related to the following:Architectural Coatings
  • Epoxy Coating suits applications above or below water.

    4 May 2015 | 5:31 am
    Based on blend of liquid epoxy polymer and aliphatic polyamine curing agents, KALCOAT™ 560 can displace water from wet surfaces to make permanent bond. High build 100% solids epoxy coating is solvent-free and incorporates Kevlar® microfibers for reinforcement and viscosity management for high application rates. KALCOAT 560 can be used as anti-corrosive coating, repair compound, fairing compound, and encapsulating coating for variety of applications. This story is related to the following:Adhesives and SealantsSearch for suppliers of: Repair Epoxies
  • Flux Coating helps meet flatness, tight tolerance needs.

    21 Apr 2015 | 5:31 am
    <p> Available for solder preforms, LV1000 is halide-free, meets ROL0 requirements, and passes Telcordia GR-78 testing in unactivated state. Durability of glossy, uniform coating facilitates integration of this material into automated assembly processes, while minimal voiding accommodates bottom termination components that do not allow for proper outgassing of volatized flux. With tolerances controlled down to 0.25% by weight, coating can be applied to unique geometries and sizes.</p> This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of:…
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  • Citizenship Is an Asset

    21 May 2015 | 10:55 am
    Access to citizenship is fundamentally about access to opportunity. Again and again, research indicates that naturalized immigrants—those who become citizens—experience important economic opportunities that non-citizen documented residents don’t, even accounting for a range of other variables that might differ between those who achieve citizenship and those who don’t. Naturalized immigrants earn up to 11 percent more money than their non-naturalized counterparts (Pastor, 2012). They qualify for more jobs—like many of the 21 million public sector positions that require…
  • Learning to Stretch

    19 May 2015 | 8:48 am
    The years he spent in a Nepalese refugee camp with his parents, two brothers, and a sister were just the precursor to Dom Acharya’s long journey of migration and assimilation to life in Rust Belt America. Acharya and his family are Bhutanese refugees who came to Erie, Penn. in 2006 after weathering years being herded and shuffled about in camps during protracted ethnic clashes between Nepal and Bhutan in the 1990s. Acharya’s family was one of the first to resettle in the Great Lakes city, where they were welcomed by a steep social learning curve. Most had to learn to speak and function in…
  • The Revitalization Trap

    7 May 2015 | 10:54 am
    The community development movement began in the 1960s as part of a crusade against social injustice, racial discrimination, and poverty. But in recent years it has fallen into the trap of focusing on revitalizing low-income neighborhoods, without challenging the corporate and political forces that create economic inequality and widespread poverty. This narrow focus reflects the priorities of most foundations, which community development practitioners depend on for funding. The foundation world is filled with progressive staffers who sincerely want to improve the lives of the poor, but they…
  • Building Multiculturally

    5 May 2015 | 1:04 pm
    Knowing that nearly 10,000 Vietnamese families live in Lincoln, Nebraska, I hired Andy Vu, a Vietnamese real estate agent, to represent my building company. At first, he had difficulty selling my floor plans to his countrymen, but one day, he began moving houses at an extraordinary clip. I thought that the good Vietnamese people of Lincoln had suddenly wised up and realized the value of my homes—but I was wrong. Without telling me (to avoid offense), Vu had hired a Vietnamese remodeling contractor to adapt my homes to Vietnamese cultural tastes. For an extra $3,500, the contractor would…
  • Protecting Immigrant Workers

    30 Apr 2015 | 12:47 pm
    Fernando Lopez is a husband and a father of two teenagers. He works in and around Central Texas as a painter. In 2009, Fernando’s employer stole $3,500 in wages from him. “This contractor, just like so many in the construction industry in Texas, took my money,” says Fernando. “That money was to pay my rent, buy groceries, get medicine when we’re sick, fill my car with gas. It’s for the basics to get by. But this man, he used this money to take his family on a vacation, buy a brand new car and live a more luxurious life. When employers steal workers’ wages they don’t see the…
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    HomeStars - News and Updates

  • Seventy-six per cent of Canadians say their purchase decisions are influenced by online reviews

    Andrea O
    28 Apr 2015 | 10:42 am
    While only twenty-five per cent ever check reviews when hiring home contractors We recently surveyed Canadians nationally and found that even though online reviews were influencing purchasing decisions in general, they were not always being consulted when hiring home service professionals. Despite the fact that home improvement can cost thousands of dollars and is also […]
  • Insulation 101

    Andrea O
    18 Mar 2015 | 1:40 pm
    Insulation affects your energy bills and comfort levels year-round. Alex Schuts from Insta-Insulation has provided the basics every homeowner should know when it comes to insulating their home.     Most important areas to insulate: 1) The basement WHY? Your appliances, like your furnace and water heater generate heat to the rest of your home. The […]
  • Our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide

    Andrea O
    13 Feb 2015 | 2:20 pm
    Forget long-stem roses and chocolates! Get your Valentine something they’ll appreciate year-round. Here are some truly thoughtful and creative gift ideas for your sweetheart! 1. Handyman Services: Kill the honey-do list. 2. Junk Removal: What’s more romantic then giving up something for the one you love? 3. Closet Organization: Take care of something you’ve been […]
  • Best of 2014 Winners

    Andrea O
    2 Feb 2015 | 2:26 am
    We have travelled across Canada to award the country’s best home improvement companies. Tonight we are wrapping up awards season in Toronto. This is our seventh year awarding contractors who have done outstanding work, based on homeowner reviews. Check out the winners in your region! Toronto’s Best of 2014 award recipients: 416-SO-CLEAN A Marco Plumbing […]
  • A message to owners of home improvement businesses:

    Andrea O
    20 Jan 2015 | 8:55 am
    Our HomeStars Best of Awards (BOA) were launched seven years ago to recognize top-rated companies that we believe are the most trustworthy and have been recognized for great work by validated homeowners. We know that people take note of the Best of Awards badge and that it informs their hiring decisions. As this award has […]
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    Contractor Marketing - Contractor Websites

  • Email Marketing For Contractors: Hey, This Sh*t Works!

    20 May 2015 | 4:08 am
    If you have a newsletter, you should really consider using it as a foundation for marketing your contractor business. While social media platforms offers single digit organic reach, the construction industry sees a 25% open rate on their email marketing campaigns. Those are hard numbers to argue with.     The post Email Marketing For Contractors: Hey, This Sh*t Works! appeared first on Contractor Marketing - Contractor Websites.
  • 4 Good Reasons to Outsource Your Contractor Blog Management

    Gina S.
    19 May 2015 | 6:40 am
    You’re a contractor, and even after the long hours during the busy season you know you really should be promoting your business on social media. A blog is a good way to help your customers, and, yes, prospective customers get to know you. However, you really don’t have the time to dedicate to writing and posting blog articles and other blog management stuff. A successful blog isn’t just content, it involves many important behind the scenes factors; backing up your site, keeping core files and plugins updated and design changes are all part of blog management for any…
  • Want a Top Contractor Blog That Builds Your Business?

    Gina S.
    14 May 2015 | 9:09 am
    As a contractor, you may not be eager to hear this, but the number one thing that you can do to improve your website and increase traffic is to write a blog. You would probably rather be on a project site or writing a quote, but don’t dismiss the effectiveness of a high quality blog for your construction business. An established blog can expect to drive an average of 55% more traffic to your website than a site without a blog. Why so much? Blog articles are often shared and they answer questions. If you write a helpful article with winter maintenance tips, your customers will share it,…
  • Contractor Website Design-What’s The Minimum?

    11 May 2015 | 8:19 am
    Contractor website design isn’t a set it and forget it proposition. Especially not in today’s fast-moving world of algorithm changes and SEO updates. And since the competition is fierce to gain new customers, it’s essential for contractors to develop an online presence through social media and a solid contractor website design that brings in plenty of marketing opportunities. The most vital part of your company’s online presence is your website, so it must have the essential elements required to draw people in and keep them there. Branding Your brand image must be…
  • Why Contractor Website Templates Are Like The Trunk Slammers of The Website Trade

    7 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Why you should avoid contractor website templates at all costs: If you’re looking for a new restaurant to try, a place to buy a new sofa, or a company to remodel your kitchen, where do you look first? 15 years ago, your answer probably would have been the newspaper or your local phonebook. Today though, all the information you need is available at your fingertips through the wonder of the internet. Setting up a website can be an intimidating way to spend a Saturday, especially if you don’t have any experience, which is why it is so tempting to find a contractor website…
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Introducing BIM 360 Plan for Lean Construction Production Planning

    Paul Walker
    20 May 2015 | 6:24 am
    That’s right, we are happy to announce the latest addition to the BIM 360 platform, BIM 360 Plan! Launched earlier today, BIM 360 Plan brings order to the chaos of managing weekly work plans with spreadsheets and print-outs. The new solution takes advantage of Lean construction principles, and supports the Last Planner® System to create reliable and predictable work plans while reducing waste associated with labor, materials, and processes. And like other BIM 360 products, BIM 360 Plan is comprised of a web service--accessible through a web browser as well as a companion iOS mobile app for…
  • Upcoming Webcast: Reduce Time Spent on Construction Documentation

    Julie Jacobson
    18 May 2015 | 10:52 am
    Join us on May 28, 2015 8am PDT / 11am EDT for the first webcast in the Innovation and Productivity Webcast Series. From design through construction, contractors use documentation as a key component to communicate work and manage the flow and creation of documents within the team. Join us as we review enhanced features specifically designed for the construction industry to make it easier for you to coordinate, extract, and document your project plans. With the newest releases of AutoCAD®, Navisworks®, and Revit®, you'll experience new features which allow you to maximize your…
  • AU 2015 Call for Proposals is Now Open

    Julie Jacobson
    7 May 2015 | 9:29 am
    How will you contribute to the future of making things? Become an AU speaker, for starters. Share your knowledge, position yourself as a thought leader, network with your peers, and attend the world's largest conference of Autodesk software users on us. Sound good? Join us at the Venetian in Las Vegas, December 1-3, 2015. Submit your proposal now Make your mark. How does your proposed class contribute to the future of making things? AU explores efficiencies and innovations in day-to-day software processes, workflows, and collaborations across design and engineering domains. This…
  • Big Boy BIM: BIM as a Deliverable with Right of Reliance

    Dace Campbell
    6 May 2015 | 5:55 am
    Many AEC industry professionals assume that BIM will evolve into a contractual deliverable with a right of reliance, in much the same way that today's traditional construction documents as drawings and specifications are binding contracts.  We often assume that the benefits of relying on BIM as a contractual deliverable will ultimately outweigh the risks, and be worth the effort to change the way design intent and means and methods are dependably communicated. When we talk about BIM in this way, we're talking about "Big Boy BIM." That is, BIM for real, not for reference.
  • Innovative Approaches and The Role of Reinforced Concrete

    Julie Jacobson
    5 May 2015 | 6:23 am
    This blog was originally posted on BIM and BEAM. Recently the Martin/Martin, Inc.’s Construction Engineering Services (CES) team was awarded with a CRSI Honors for their detailing efforts in Revit. The Martin/Martin CES team has innovatively addressed the issue of fragmented fabrication drawing production that design and construction teams consistently encounter with today’s increasingly tight project delivery schedules. Schedule reduction is critical and the M/M CES team has demonstrated significant schedule savings on numerous projects since beginning to offer reinforcing steel…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • How To Quickly Connect With More Customers

    19 May 2015 | 11:08 am
    Are you searching high and low for a new way to market your business and attract future customers? Every day, new online marketing tools are becoming available allow business owners – just like you – to connect more individuals than ever before. A great example of this is: This website is basically classified as an online version of Yellow Pages. It offers numerous advantages; for example, it will advertise and broadcast your business to the online universe and it also encourages customers to contact you the second they find you. With this platform,…

    Megan Gazeas
    15 May 2015 | 5:28 am
    Landscape Management Network’s Sales and Support and Live Chat will be closed on Monday May 18, 2015 for the Canadian statutory holiday Victoria Day. We will be back online on Tuesday, May 19th. The post LMN SALES + SUPPORT CLOSED Monday May 18, 2015 FOR STAT HOLIDAY appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
  • How To Establish A Good Lead Versus A Bad Lead

    5 May 2015 | 11:01 am
    When you meet a potential client for this first time, it can be a daunting task. There is a lot of ground to cover in a short amount of time; for example, you will most likely feel the pressure to make a good impression and also, to land the job and secure the contract. But wait a second, stop and ask yourself the following: what if this meeting isn’t all it’s cracked up to be? What if taking on this project is not in your company’s best interest? Before you take on a new project, you want to make sure that the job and the end result will be a success. You also want to ensure that it…
  • How Twitter Can Help Your Business Grow

    21 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    The power of Twitter should never be an afterthought for your business. This online platform offers a simple way to interact and make sure you’re up to date with the latest news in the landscaping industry. On top of this, there is also another way to use Twitter to your advantage: Twilertis another great online tool that allows you to keep a watchful “eye” on tweets of your subject choice. This can also be done within your local area. All you need to do is simply select the keyword(s) that you’re looking for (for example: you can use “lawn” or “garden”) and then, choose the…
  • The Power Of Facebook & Twitter For Your Landscaping Company

    7 Apr 2015 | 10:53 am
    If you’re looking to improve your landscape business, then Facebook and Twitter are two powerful social media tools that can certainly do the trick.  If you are unfamiliar with both of these – we have included brief descriptions below and we have also provided a link at the bottom of this post to download free instructions on how to setup both platforms for your business! Facebook is a great online platform that allows you to connect with customers, potential employees and leads.  Firstly, your Facebook page is a way in which potential customers can learn more about your company. When…
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    Help Everybody Everyday

  • How Many Company Overviews Do You Really Need?

    Matt Handal
    11 May 2015 | 6:25 am
    Last week, I gave you a simple formula that you can use to easily craft company overviews that kick butt. A few people even posted their new company (or personal) overviews in the comments and I gave them feedback. But along the way, an interesting question came up. Is one company overview enough? Today, I’m going to explain why the answer is no and give you some guidance on how many company overviews you really need. Why The Heck Would You Need More Than One Company Overview? I once had this friend. She dressed just like everybody else. She wasn’t covered in tattoos or body…
  • How To Write A Company Overview That Rocks

    Matt Handal
    3 May 2015 | 7:58 am
    One of the worst, most boring, things in the world you’ll ever have to read is a company overview. Am I right!?! “Since 19__, we’ve been an engineering firm. Blah, blah, blah services we provide. Blah, blah, blah how many people and offices we have. Blah, blah, blah, we are customer focused and give great customer service. Blah, blah, blah we’ve won the following awards…” Folks, that’s only the first paragraph! There’s usually like a full page of this drivel. And I get it. Many RFPs ask you for your company overview. Plus, it’s not like you…
  • How To Survive The Marketing Department of One

    Matt Handal
    13 Apr 2015 | 5:00 am
    Today, I’m excited to present to you a rare guest post at Help Everybody Everyday. It’s on a topic that I have been asked to write about, time and time again, by various readers. I’m happy to call Bernie Siben, CPSM, a mentor and a friend. Bernie has been more instrumental to the success of Help Everybody Everyday than many realize. He served as the primary editor of Proposal Development Secrets and peer reviewer for Proposal Management Mastery. He is also one of our industry’s top proposal consultants. I find myself referring people who need assistance on proposal pursuits to Bernie…
  • How To Get Good Design For Cheap

    Matt Handal
    29 Mar 2015 | 8:15 am
    It simply blew my mind. I had no idea what she was doing until that moment. It was a balloon. And it was the most amazing balloon I, to this day, I have ever seen. This was my first job out of college. A temp agency had placed me at the headquarters of a large chain of craft stores. My job was to systematically put together weekly ads for newspapers around the country. That’s where I learned the difference between me, a person who could use graphic programs, and a true graphic designer. One day, my boss was helping me and started drawing something at my desk. I watched for three minutes…
  • I Paid Someone $9 Per Hour To Do My Job For 5 Days

    Matt Handal
    22 Mar 2015 | 4:00 am
    Yes, I paid someone $9/hour and they did my work for 5 whole days. That statement would have seemed ludicrous to me just two years ago. How could you possibly pay someone $9/hour to do your job for you? That can’t be legal, right?!?! Something about it just doesn’t seem right. Today, I’m going to reveal the results of my two-year experiment with virtual assistants. In addition, five lucky readers will each get a task done by one of my virtual assistants (more on that later). What Is A Virtual Assistant? We all know what an (administrative or personal) assistant is. It is a…
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    Trilogy Builds

  • HGTV’s Top 7 Interior Design Styles

    22 May 2015 | 8:00 am
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  • The 3 Principles of Interior Design

    19 May 2015 | 3:00 pm
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  • Tips for Fostering a Positive Designer-Client Relationship

    12 May 2015 | 2:00 pm
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    Fine Homebuilding - All featured posts

  • Doing Siding Right

    22 May 2015 | 1:10 pm
    Posted by Matt_Higgins Even though it can make or break the look of a home, most of us don't give siding too much thought. Seems like the thing we see first deserves a little for attention. Check out the articles below to...
  • Victorian Grandeur​

    22 May 2015 | 7:00 am
    Posted by BrianVandenBrink51 The Morse Libby Mansion ca. 1860 The Morse Libby Mansion in Portland, Maine is one of the most remarkable and well preserved Victorian houses in America. Designed by architect Henry Austin and completed in 1860, the house stands as a case study in Victorian elegance and decor.
  • Archways & Ceilings Prefab Archway and Ceiling Systems

    21 May 2015 | 1:17 pm
    Posted by Matt_Higgins Archways, dome ceilings, groin vaults, cove ceilings, barrel vaults, etc. are all easy, right? The truth is anything with curves can get complicated. Archways & Ceilings is a product line for...
  • Deck Demon Demolition Tool

    20 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    Posted by Matt_Higgins While some may consider it therapeutic, we can probably all agree that demolition is a lot of work. The Deck Demon is designed to make the job of tearing a deck down a whole lot easier. The 8 lb...
  • Always-On Electronics and Appliances Waste Billions

    20 May 2015 | 12:43 pm
    Posted by ScottG A new report from the Natural Resources Defense Council pegs the loss at $19 billion a year, the equivalent of the electricity produced by 50 power plants.
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  • John Deere Crushes Q2 Earnings Expectations

    22 May 2015 | 9:49 am
    John Deere reported second-quarter earnings that beat expectations for profit and revenue. Sales of construction and forestry equipment rose two percent to $1.63 billion, which is also expected to rise another two percent for the year. Its unit that gives loans to customers to buy Deere equipment also improved, with revenue rising 14 percent to $653 million.
  • Data Shows 46% of Road Contractors Report Work Zone Crashes

    22 May 2015 | 9:03 am
    Forty-six percent of highway contractors reported that motor vehicles crashed into their construction work zones during the past year, according to the results of a new highway work zone study conducted by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC).  
  • Kobelco Celebrates Groundbreaking for S.C. Plant

    21 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Kobelco Construction Machinery USA recently celebrated the official groundbreaking for its new excavator production facility in North America. A ceremony was held on the grounds of the facility’s future location in Spartanburg, S.C. Attendees at the event included guests from Kobelco Construction Machinery Co. Ltd. in Japan, Kobelco Construction Machinery USA in Katy, Texas, the South Carolina Department of Commerce, the Spartanburg County Council, and representatives from the AEM.
  • House Approves Two-Month Road Funding Extension

    21 May 2015 | 6:47 am
    The House of Representatives has approved a two-month funding extension for transportation projects. The extension passed in a 387-to-35 vote with one member voting present, and continues funding of the Highway Trust Fund through July 31. The Senate must now take up the measure with two days left before its Memorial Day holiday recess, The New York Times reports. Funding is set to expire on May 31, which falls during the chamber's week-long holiday.
  • Michigan DOT Investigating Drones to Monitor Road Conditions

    21 May 2015 | 6:29 am
    Michigan Department of Transportation (MDOT) officials are thinking about using drones to monitor road conditions, with one of the benefits being increased safety for road workers.
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    AEC Business

  • BIM Requirements for Infrastructure Released in Finland

    Aarni Heiskanen
    6 May 2015 | 10:47 am
    Built infrastructure clients, consultants, contractors, and software developers assembled yesterday to celebrate a milestone in Finnish BIM history.... The post BIM Requirements for Infrastructure Released in Finland appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Strategies for Successful Partnering

    Aarni Heiskanen
    2 May 2015 | 3:36 am
    I have helped several AEC firms in their efforts to partner up with each other. It is... The post Strategies for Successful Partnering appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Your Ultimate Advantage in the Robotic Age

    Aarni Heiskanen
    29 Apr 2015 | 10:59 am
    Last Friday I had the opportunity to attend the FLUX 2015 conference for game changers and innovators in... The post Your Ultimate Advantage in the Robotic Age appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Three Top Tips for Maintaining a Productive Construction Site

    AEC Business
    22 Apr 2015 | 10:49 pm
    In terms of creating and maintaining productivity, building sites are much like any other workplace. As an... The post Three Top Tips for Maintaining a Productive Construction Site appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Research: AEC Content Marketing Pays Off

    Aarni Heiskanen
    14 Apr 2015 | 6:20 am
    The AEC edition of the Hinge Research Institute’s Visible Expert℠ study report is a must-read for business... The post Research: AEC Content Marketing Pays Off appeared first on AEC Business.
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    Guardian Pool Fencing | Removable Pool Fence with Pool Gate | Safest Pool Fences

  • Swimming Pool Regulations in California

    20 May 2015 | 2:47 pm
    This includes ensuring that the surroundings are clean and easily accessible in case disaster strikes for evacuation exercises. The California pool safety act describes a pool as any recreational or bathing area which is over 18 inches deep. This does … Read More >>
  • 7 Pool Tile Ideas

    8 May 2015 | 10:09 am
    As tiles can help your pool look its finest it’s also an alternative interior surface to vinyl pool liners.When selecting tiles for your pool, there are many choices to pick from and qualities to look for such as slip resistance, … Read More >>
  • San Diego Pool Fence

    4 May 2015 | 2:55 pm
    Your guest have arrived – Where’s your pool fence San Diego? Let’s face it; we are spoiled here in Southern California. When the thermometer drops below 70 degrees our local TV weathermen freak out! But for many people around the … Read More >>
  • What Are the Benefits of Swimming With Fins?

    1 May 2015 | 8:17 am
    Swimming is a fantastic way for everyone to keep active and have fun. Whether you’re fortunate enough to have a pool, enjoy the lake, or prefer a public pool, swimming is tons of fun for everyone. With tons of pool … Read More >>
  • 5 Tips to Swimming Pool Safety for Children

    23 Apr 2015 | 11:15 am
    There is nothing like splashing about in a swimming pool for children. It is a recreational activity that is super-fun, especially on hot summer days. Although it is an easy and fun activity, it is important to make sure that … Read More >>
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    Constructive Thinking

  • Creating a new home, not just a new office

    Skanska USA
    20 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    To Scott Laughlin, the environment in which you work has a significant impact on how well you work. That’s why when LMO Advertising – the largest metro Washington, D.C., advertising agency – was looking to relocate its roughly 90-person headquarters, the firm took great care in finding and crafting its new space. LMO chose 1776 Wilson Boulevard, a 140,000-square-foot building that Skanska developed, built and recently sold. Laughlin – LMO’s co-owner – spoke with us about creating environments where people want to be. LMO’s new space has a Ping-Pong table – how is…
  • Building a career as a leader in sustainability

    Elizabeth Heider
    15 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    Today in Atlanta, Skanska USA’s Chief Sustainability Officer Beth Heider will be elevated to Fellow of the American Institute of Architects. The fellowship program honors those architects who have made a significant contribution to architecture and society and who have achieved a standard of excellence in the profession. Out of a total AIA membership of more than 85,000, there are only roughly 3,200 members distinguished with this honor. Here, Beth reflects on her career as an advocate for sustainability. When I was in architecture school in the ‘70s, the concept of green buildings was…
  • Learning about safety from those to whom it matters most

    Richard Cavallaro
    11 May 2015 | 12:30 am
    Last week was Safety Week, one of my favorite times of the year. There is nothing more important to me, to Skanska and to the rest of the construction industry than safety, so that’s why seven days filled with extra efforts to create awareness about safety and to increase the focus on eliminating accidents is so meaningful to me. I definitely hope you took every opportunity to participate in Safety Week events in your area, either on jobsites or at offices. I was happy to get out to some of our projects to talk about safety – and more importantly, to learn how we can improve at being…
  • Improved safety, greater efficiency and more – What’s not to like about ergonomics?

    Skanska USA
    8 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    A Skanska vice president of environment, health and safety, Jennifer McMullen is also a certified professional ergonomist. For this third day of Safety Week – over which Skanska is focusing on how safety must be central both on and off the job – we spoke with her about how ergonomics ties in with safety and productivity. What’s something key that people don’t understand about ergonomics? Much of ergonomics deals with awareness of body positioning and posture. In many situations, we tend to place our bodies in awkward positions while performing tasks without challenging the need to do…
  • How technology is improving project safety

    Skanska USA
    7 May 2015 | 5:30 am
    It may not be something the average person thinks about on a daily basis, but technology plays an important role in making our lives safer. For instance, Volvo – the Swedish-based company and leader in automotive safety – recently stated that its goal for 2020 is “that no one is killed or injured in a Volvo.” This may seem like a lofty goal, but the development of crash avoidance and predictive technologies – along with other innovative safety features – make this a realistic target. Skanska believes that technology is critical to eliminating deaths and injuries on construction…
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    Construction Data Company

  • ABI Sees Another Drop In Design Activity In April

    Kendall Jones
    20 May 2015 | 5:39 am
    April brought about another drop in design activity according to the latest Architecture Billings Index (ABI) from the American Institute of Architects (AIA). April’s ABI score was 48.8, a significant decline from March’s score of 51.7. This is the second decrease in design activity reported by the ABI with January having a score of 49.9. […]
  • Another Last Minute, Short-Term “Fix” For Highway Funding

    Kendall Jones
    19 May 2015 | 8:16 am
    Update 5/20/15: The House passed the bill on Tuesday extending the spending authority from the Highway Trust Fund through July 31, 2015 by a vote of 387 to 35. A vote in the House today could lead to another Band-Aid being slapped on the continuously depleting Highway Trust Fund. Currently there are enough funds to […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of May 11, 2015

    Kendall Jones
    18 May 2015 | 4:43 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of May 11 – 15, 2015. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama High School Renovations Location: […]
  • Going Paperless In The Construction Industry

    Kendall Jones
    14 May 2015 | 4:00 am
    As a construction professional, can you envision the day coming where you no longer use paper in your daily activities? We’re talking no more hard copies of plans and specs, invoices, contracts, timesheets, punch lists, contracts or bids. In such a paper-reliant industry like construction this may seem completely improbable to some. While the notion […]
  • Protect Your Construction Company’s Reputation, Don’t Hire Stooges

    Kendall Jones
    12 May 2015 | 4:30 am
    When interviewing and hiring new employees do you consider how the candidate will impact your construction company’s reputation? Your employees are the face of your company. Your company’s reputation is a direct reflection of the quality of the work they do and their professionalism on the jobsite. They can either help you build and maintain […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • Is it Time to Build Tornado Resistant Homes? (Duane Craig)
    14 May 2015 | 12:27 pm
    Google+ New information reveals that 90% of U.S. counties experience tornado watches, and that’s causing some to say that it’s time to build tornado resistant homes. In January, the Federal Alliance for Safe Homes released updated National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration, Storm Prediction Center data showing that nearly 90% of U.S. counties experience tornado watches. According to FLASH this information underscores the … Continue reading Is it Time to Build Tornado Resistant Homes? → The post Is it Time to Build Tornado Resistant Homes? appeared first on…
  • Products To Keep Cool At The Job Site (Duane Craig)
    7 May 2015 | 8:54 am
    Google+ It’s that time of the year again – time to review the latest in ways to keep cool on the job site. Of course if you have a job trailer with air conditioning then just stay in there! But for the rest of you there are a number of helpful options out there in the marketplace … Continue reading Products To Keep Cool At The Job Site → The post Products To Keep Cool At The Job Site appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Construction Blog with Information, News, and Commentary.
  • Cool Tools For Keeping Cool (Duane Craig)
    6 May 2015 | 8:42 am
    Google+ Updated 5/6/2015 – Keeping cool working in the hot sun is best left to a very brisk, cool, dry breeze. That’s not going to happen. But, there are some products that can help out. As you might expect there are many options for keeping a cool head. Erogodyne cooling products has some interesting ones with no moving parts. … Continue reading Cool Tools For Keeping Cool → The post Cool Tools For Keeping Cool appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Construction Blog with Information, News, and Commentary.
  • AEC Cares for the Covenant House of Georgia (Duane Craig)
    4 May 2015 | 9:07 am
    Google+ This year, AEC Cares will revitalize the Covenant House of Georgia. The build, titled projectAtlanta, will unite construction professionals from around the country to renovate the inner-city Atlanta shelter on May 13, 2015, one day prior to the AIA National Convention at the Georgia World Congress Center. CHGA, a crisis shelter for homeless and trafficked youth, … Continue reading AEC Cares for the Covenant House of Georgia → The post AEC Cares for the Covenant House of Georgia appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Construction Blog with Information, News, and…
  • Contractor Cash Flow Gets Boost With Mobile Solutions (Duane Craig)
    30 Apr 2015 | 11:28 am
    Google+ By Claudia Amand Contractor cash flow is different than that in many other types of businesses. Contractors are constantly on the go, and they hardly ever complete work from an office desk. Whether they’re buying supplies or sending out an invoice for a completed project, transactions happen quickly. Effective money management is essential, especially when it … Continue reading Contractor Cash Flow Gets Boost With Mobile Solutions → The post Contractor Cash Flow Gets Boost With Mobile Solutions appeared first on Construction Informer Blog - Construction Blog with…
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    123 Remodeling

  • The Great Bathtub Versus Shower Debate

    Paul Roberts
    21 May 2015 | 11:42 am
    “All I want is a walk-in shower and have no need for a bathtub.”  If you feel this way, you are not alone.     An informal poll 123 Remodeling conducted in April of 2015 had 60% of respondents opting for a walk-in shower over a bathtub or both when asked:   In a “No Consequence” scenario… (e.g. ignoring resale concerns, et cetera.) What would you want in your primary bathroom? Tub or Shower?   Ariel Darmoni – Operations Manager at 123 Remodeling, finds himself in this discussion frequently and has developed some well-founded opinion: “If you…
  • Kitchen Countertop Options

    Simon J
    19 May 2015 | 12:46 pm
    When remodeling your kitchen, there are several types of kitchen countertops to choose from and different price ranges. Keep in mind that the kitchen counter is a place that will see a lot of wear and tear, so it is highly recommended not to install laminated or tiled ones. Although pricier, there is really nothing more attractive than a granite kitchen countertop. In addition to being stylish, granite holds up well against scratches and nicks. However, quality and stylish countertops are certainly not limited to granite. Soapstone has come on recently as a trendy pick. Quartz, concrete and…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Sinks and Faucets

    123 Remodeling
    14 May 2015 | 9:02 am
    Whether you’re remodeling your kitchen or your bathroom, there’s probably going to be a sink involved. With so many different styles of sinks and faucets to choose from, it can be overwhelming. Here’s a quick guide to help you decide what style of sink and faucet is right for your home. Sinks There are two main aspects to any sink – the material and the bowl style. The various combinations of these features create a large selection of sinks for you to choose from. Some materials and styles work best for kitchens, and some work best for bathrooms. Materials We’ll…
  • Bedroom Style Options

    123 Remodeling
    8 May 2015 | 9:57 am
    If you’re looking for a bedroom redesign in the Chicago area, you’ve come to the right place. Our experienced professionals at 123 Remodeling will redesign your bedroom and give you all the modern features that you want. Whether it’s a condo or a house, we can accommodate your needs. The bedroom is the most important room in the house – your own private space, and we want to help you make it look perfect. You can count on our experts at 123 Remodeling to create the bedroom you’ve always been dreaming about. 123 Remodeling has been serving Chicago and the…
  • Kitchen Countertop Options

    123 Remodeling
    7 May 2015 | 10:08 am
    When remodeling your kitchen, there are several types of kitchen countertops to choose from and different price ranges. Keep in mind that the kitchen counter is a place that will see a lot of wear and tear, so it is highly recommended not to install laminated or tiled ones. Although pricier, there is really nothing more attractive than a granite kitchen countertop. In addition to being stylish, granite holds up well against scratches and nicks. However, quality and stylish countertops are certainly not limited to granite. Soapstone has come on recently as a trendy pick. Quartz, concrete and…
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  • Series #9—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Stone Sunroom

    9 May 2015 | 1:43 pm
        Every Nashville citizen has an opinion about sunrooms. Some people will only look at buying a house with a sunroom; some people bite the bullet and install custom sunrooms; and some people can easily live without them. It’s not the tropics, but we do get a fair amount of sun in the Nashville, TN area, and it’s fun to have a temperate place to enjoy that sun right in your own house. If you’re a Nashville-based homeowner looking to bite the custom sunroom bullet, allow us to show you an option you may not have considered yet: a stone sunroom.   Why a sunroom? You may be…
  • How to Make Your Garden Glisten

    26 Apr 2015 | 1:43 pm
        If you’re planting a vegetable garden in Nashville this year, you’re probably thinking about ways you can make it stand out above all the rest—besides yielding perfect veggies, that is. So how do you make your garden glisten? Our favorite way to set apart one garden from the next is with decorative gravel. If you’re in Nashville, TN natural stone like this is relatively easy to come by and adds an element of ambience to a vegetable garden—one that most people don’t consider until after the garden is growing.   What is decorative gravel? So what’s the deal with…
  • What’s the Scoop on Fieldstone?

    14 Apr 2015 | 12:04 pm
        You may have never heard of this versatile stone, but you certainly have seen it. Many fans of natural stone in Nashville, TN use fieldstone to create masterpieces of stone creation. For example, ever heard of stack stone? Fieldstone is usually the stone of choice used in this kind of decor for its small size and flat nature—such as fireplaces and stone veneers. Interested? Allow us to show you the virtues of fieldstone.   What is fieldstone? Like we said, you may not realize that you probably see fieldstone all over Nashville. Why is that? For starters, fieldstone is…
  • Light Up Your Life—er, Yard

    7 Apr 2015 | 12:32 pm
        With solar light! We’re not suggesting that you draw on your electric resources or up your Nashville electric bill to add depth to your landscape in this article. But we do think a few lights could liven things up. You may have seen a string of twinkling blue lights guide you into a parking spot at a friend’s late-night party. Or maybe you’ve seen a few well-placed sconces light up a rock formation as you drive through your Nashville neighborhood at night. What you witnessed are solar yard lights—and we think you should add some to your own landscape.   What’s the…
  • The Importance of Your Railing

    28 Feb 2015 | 4:53 pm
        Patio railing, that is. Yes it may seem like we’re doing a patio series this month here in Nashville, but hey, what better time to start thinking about outdoor gathering places than the month before spring? Do you already have a patio, but the railing is lackluster or missing altogether? Or are you hoping to install a patio in the near future? Thinking about a railing is essential for compiling a proper Nashville, TN patio—and here’s why.   Why a railing? Most commonly called “porch railings,” patio railings are useful for both aesthetic and practical purposes.
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    Norbord - North American Products Blog

  • Blower Door Testing Essentials

    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    picture by John Brooks Despite the high energy efficiency rating of individual materials, building envelopes may not perform at their peaks. 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. The reasons for why building envelopes perform below their peaks are legion. Everything from construction flaws to…
  • 9-Foot Trims Increased Popularity

    7 May 2015 | 9:00 am
    9-foot trims are becoming an increasingly popular choice and prices have reflected that preference. The trend toward more 9-foot ceilings in both single-family and multifamily housing starts is really gaining traction. A survey by Random Lengths showed 2011 production of 9-foot and longer trims had increased to 31% of total output. Another survey by Wood Markets Report conducted in 2012 showed 9-foot and longer output had grown to 36%. 9-foot ceilings continue to take a bigger market share in new housing and it’s easy to see why; it just makes sense to use longer panels. Taller wall panels…
  • 5 Habits of Productive Managers

    4 May 2015 | 11:19 am
    As a construction industry professional, you have to be a jack of all trades and, in today’s competitive market, master them too. How do successful managers find enough hours in the day? They streamline their activities to ensure that they function in the most effective and productive way. Here are some habits of successful managers from Forbes Magazine that will help you to boost your productivity. To Do List: Every evening before you end your day, set out a To Do list for tomorrow. This will highlight all the tasks that need to get done so you won’t be in for any surprises. Once you…
  • Measuring Moisture in OSB Sub-floor Panels

    29 Apr 2015 | 7:00 am
    Knowing the moisture content of your OSB sub-floor panel is an important indicator on whether to proceed with other stages of the build, especially if hardwood flooring is the next step. You need to know that using a moisture meter doesn’t give very accurate measurements with OSB or other glued products. The problem with using moisture meters with OSB is that the adhesives/binders and waxes skew the readings, making the use of specific gravity as the calibrations basis unreliable. One option that can help meters work better with OSB is to first calibrate the meter by checking a piece of the…
  • How much weight load is SolarBord able to support?

    28 Apr 2015 | 5:01 am
    Question We have SolarBord decking under Tru Slate. It weighs around 550 lbs. per square foot. We are replacing it with Spanish tile that weighs close to 1000 lbs. per square foot. Our rafters are on 24" centers. Is the SolarBord capable of carrying that load? Terry Allen, Oklahoma City, OK Answer Thank you Terry for your question. Table 30 of the APA Engineered Wood Construction Guide provides recommended load span information. The data in the table is based on 10 pound per square foot (psf) dead load. If actual dead load is greater than 10 psf the allowable live load is reduced…
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  • Importance of Tearing off Old Roof Shingles and Repairing Plywood / Sheathing

    7 May 2015 | 6:15 pm
    Recently we’ve worked on replacing an old roof that sustained massive Ice Dams damages, resulting in destroyed kitchen, hardwood flooring and walls. Before any roof work began, the homeowner wanted to leave old shingles in place to cut down on job costs. Although I explained the negative consequences of doing this to the client, the possibility of saving $2000+ on tear-off and plywood costs was more attractive, and the homeowner insisted on putting a new roof over the existing 1 layer of shingles. However, while doing our initial inspection on that roof, we found that removing the old…
  • Top 65 Facts about Asphalt Roofing Shingles

    24 Apr 2015 | 9:20 am
    There’s a really good chance that every house in your neighborhood is outfitted with asphalt shingle roofing, mainly because 75% of all houses in North America opt for this popular type of install. Sure, metal roofing is rising in popularity and wood shakes offer a unique change of pace, but when it comes to combining design versatility, ease of installation and most importantly price, it’s hard to beat asphalt shingles. This is why every major roofing materials manufacturer, such as GAF, TAMKO, Owens Corning, IKO, and Certain Teed offer a variety of asphalt shingles products. But…
  • 16 Most Popular Roof Types

    7 Apr 2015 | 2:18 pm
    Are you overwhelmed by all the options in roof styles for your new home? With so many choices, it may be a challenge to pin down which roof type will work best for your house architecture, your personal tastes and your bank account. Before you start a construction or home improvement project, it’s always a good idea to weigh your options carefully. By learning a bit more about each of the most popular roof types, you can make an informed decision, topping your home off with a roof you can enjoy for years to come. We will discuss the following popular roof types. Click on each type to…
  • Roofing News Updates: 04-01-2015

    1 Apr 2015 | 8:22 am
    Need a Roofer? Get Free Quotes From Local Contractors How Much Does a New Roof Cost? Get Instant Price Quote Roof Size:
  • US Roofing Prices Trends for 2015

    22 Dec 2014 | 12:16 pm
    A roof is one of the most expensive home improvements, which people do out of necessity. Discover average costs for Asphalt, Metal & Flat roofs in the US. While you may want to remodel you kitchen or bath to enjoy it, chances are, you are replacing a roof because it is leaking, or it is nearing the end of its service life and will leak soon. Most homeowners looking to install a new roof do not clearly know how much it should cost, or what their neighbors paid for a roof. However, it is important to have accurate pricing information prior to hiring a contractor to ensure that you get the…
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  • Engineered wood flooring – The best compromise for wood flooring?

    Remodeling Guru
    8 May 2015 | 10:15 am
    The main difference between solid wood flooring and engineered wood flooring is the composition of the wood panels. Solid wood is wood cut from a tree and then cut to size into flooring panel dimensions, while engineered wood flooring is composed of several layers of wood pressed and glued together to the desired thickness and […] The post Engineered wood flooring – The best compromise for wood flooring? appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top 50 Bathroom Remodel Ideas 2014 – 2015

    Sheri Hosale
    4 Apr 2015 | 8:15 pm
    When focusing on design, bathrooms are often overlooked and neglected. Reclaiming your lavatory as a stylish space which fits well with the rest of the house not only increases the value of your home, it can also turn a functional room into a personal sanctuary. Read on to learn what to expect from bathroom design […] The post Top 50 Bathroom Remodel Ideas 2014 – 2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • How to Install a Metal Roof – DIY Guide

    Remodeling Guru
    4 Apr 2015 | 11:11 am
    Are you planning on re-roofing your home this Spring, or sometime soon? Have you ever considered installing a new metal shingles roofing system on your home or garage by yourself? If so, read on to learn more. Why go with Metal? Why waste your time and money on the installation of common roofing shingles, when […] The post How to Install a Metal Roof – DIY Guide appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel

    Remodeling Guru
    3 Apr 2015 | 8:33 pm
    Are you looking to remodel your kitchen this year? If so, then you need to know the following facts and figures for the year 2015. Generally speaking, kitchen remodeling projects fall into the following three categories: minor, major, and upscale. Minor According to the Remodeling Magazine’s cost vs. value report, a national average cost for […] The post Kitchen Remodeling Cost 2015 – Minor, Major & Upscale Kitchen Remodel appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015

    Remodeling Guru
    1 Apr 2015 | 2:35 pm
    Are you thinking about renovating your living space? Then, consider starting from your kitchen! The kitchen is the center of your home, where you spend most of your time eating, preparing meals, and interacting with your family. If you are looking for fresh some kitchen remodeling inspiration, consider these ideas and design trends popular in […] The post Top Kitchen Remodeling Ideas and Trends 2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
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  • What it’s Like to Grow Up in a Construction Family

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    22 May 2015 | 6:13 am
    My grandfather Spiro Manos around 1959. I knew what an industrial paint sprayer was and had 2 hard hats before I entered kindergarten. I learned how to ride a bike in the giant warehouse behind my dad’s office in between rows of machinery that probably weren’t entirely safe for me to be around. When I was 7 years old, Sherwin-Williams sent my entire family on an all expenses paid trip to London because my dad’s company had bought enough paint from them to warrant such a gift. I could explain the phrase ‘corrosion control’ in great detail by the time I was 10.
  • Growing and Improving With Technology: A Look at Skiles Group

    Daryl Lang
    20 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Skiles Group, a Dallas-based general contractor specializing in complex healthcare facilities, has positioned itself for growth by embracing Lean Construction methods and new technology tools, including FieldLens. For example, right now they are using FieldLens to manage communication on a $26 million medical facility project. Keyan Zandy, Director of Operations for Skiles Group and a Lean Construction advocate, says it’s important to utilize tools and processes that allow superintendents and foreman to communicate quickly. “The jobs that have the best communication are the most…
  • Holograms for Construction: Hope or Hype?

    Angie Mansfield
    18 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Imagine the benefits of being able to clearly visualize building plans as a 3D hologram. Some future-thinking companies are taking advantage of the current capabilities of hologram technology to help make this idea a (virtual) reality. Before we continue, we should clear up the confusing use of the word “hologram.” The dictionary definition is a 3D image formed by the interference of light beams from a laser, or a photograph of a light field the produces such an image—like the security sticker on the back of your Visa card. Wikipedia sticks to the strict definition, and also…
  • Feeling Generous? Construction Equipment Sharing Startups Hope So

    Aubree Munar
    14 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    “Hey Neighbor. Have a spare bucket of sand I could borrow?” The “sharing economy” is nothing new, but it’s really taken off in the years since the global financial crisis. In case you’re not familiar with it, the term “sharing economy” means that, instead of buying products outright or renting from traditional companies, people are increasingly sharing or renting them from strangers in a peer-to-peer system. Examples include Airbnb (where people can rent out their spare homes or spare rooms) and Uber (the taxi service in which people use their own cars…
  • Empire State Building vs. Burj Khalifa Technology Showdown

    Kelly Lignos Ziv
    12 May 2015 | 6:00 am
    Skyscrapers tell a good story. Not only do they help define city skylines, they tell us something about the technology available to builders when those skyscrapers were built. Seeing as the Empire State Building just celebrated its 84th anniversary, we’re taking a look at the technology that made it possible, and comparing it to the Burj Khalifa, currently the world’s tallest building. Empire State Building With 102 stories, the Empire State Building was the world’s tallest for 40 years, until it was deposed by the World Trade Center in 1972. The general contractor won the…
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    Intech Equipment & Supply

  • PMC Adds to Spray Foam Equipment Line

    Keith Coultrap
    22 May 2015 | 10:10 am
    Contractors who are fans of PMC equipment now have one more thing to love about the brand. The company recently introduced its new PH-2 and PHX-2 plural component proportioners. This series is the latest addition to the company’s offerings of proportioners that combine value and performance. They are perfect for residential applications, such as spray foam projects, but can also withstand the demands of larger projects such as roofing jobs and commercial projects. PMC says the PH-2 is the most affordable hydraulic proportioner with horizontal pumps. This machine also features a pressure…
  • Spray Foam and Global Energy Efficiency

    Keith Coultrap
    20 May 2015 | 10:23 am
    Conserving natural resources and reducing energy usage are high priorities for countries around the world. Energy efficiency is important to people in many areas, both for environmental benefits and to help reduce property maintenance costs. There is a finite amount of precious natural resources that all of us on this planet must share. At the same time, pollution and environmental damage caused by burning fuel has a widespread negative impact on all global citizens. It is to everyone’s benefit when all regions of the world are working together towards enacting and embracing new strategies…
  • Spray Foam Insulation Makes Mathematical Sense

    Keith Coultrap
    18 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    Budget constraints are usually a top consideration for businesses or individuals who are planning to build a new property or improve an existing one. As with most other things these days, many costs associated with building, renovating or maintaining a property have increased, so everyone is concerned with keeping costs in line. For those responsible for a home or other property, though, evaluating the financial aspects often isn’t as straightforward as it might initially seem. Initial up-front expenses must be balanced with the ongoing costs to maintain the property. That’s why it can be…
  • Roofing Equipment That Keeps Your Job Up and Running

    Keith Coultrap
    15 May 2015 | 9:24 am
    Roofing jobs by their nature require at the very least some critical pieces of basic equipment. To start with, you need a way to get all of your tools, supplies and materials up to the roof’s surface. Then you will also need the necessary items required to keep the materials stable and in position while they are being handled and installed. And of course most importantly is the equipment that plays a vital role in keeping everyone safe while the work is being performed. Then obviously there are the actual roofing materials themselves, which will vary depending upon the specific details of…
  • Shopping for Spray Foam Roofing Materials Can Be Easy

    Keith Coultrap
    13 May 2015 | 9:55 am
    We know how much busy professionals (such as building and construction contractors) hate shopping. You have a growing business to run, and you don’t have the time or energy to spend countless hours trying to track down the equipment and materials you need. You also may not have the patience to haggle for the best deal or comparison shop. Frankly, even just thinking about it may stress you out. We totally understand. Comparison shopping and trying to keep track of sales and short-term deals can be exhausting and time-consuming. You have more important things to do. Your business isn’t…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • Mississippi River Bridge Failure 2007, USA ‪Infrastructure Crises

    Saad Iqbal
    22 May 2015 | 12:32 am
    It was the height of the evening rush hour on Aug. 1, 2007, when the 35W bridge in Minneapolis fell into the Mississippi River. The bridge carried an estimated 140,000 vehicles per day, and the National Transportation Safety Board cited a design flaw as the likely main cause of the collapse. A gusset plate holding the bridge together failed, bringing the bridge down and changing the lives of many Minnesotans forever. Killing 13 people and injuring 145 others. This is a devastating effect of the USA neglecting its infrastructure and it looks set to continue to be neglected.Tens of millions of…
  • The Kelpies, Falkirk, Scotland - Art and Engineering Combine

    Saad Iqbal
    22 May 2015 | 12:26 am
    The Kelpies are a mythical set of horses that were said to be born from the sea. This was the initial inspiration behind this imposing and magnificent structure. The key here is the thought behind it. When engineers are tasked with a job, they must take into consideration the environment, culture, history of the area etc. and there are not many finer exhibitions of this than 'The Kelpies' which have been engineered into the very fabric of Falkirk.The mythological associations behind the original brief have been absorbed by other sources of inspiration in the creative processes. The Kelpies…
  • Torkham - Jalalabad Road Afghanistan Ground Breaking Ceremony FWO

    Saad Iqbal
    22 May 2015 | 12:16 am
    Sequel to Pakistan's announcement last week about the construction of Torkham-Jalalabad Road Afghanistan, a Ground Breaking Ceremony was organized by the Afghan Ministry of Public Works at Jalalabad for laying an additional carriageway of the road by the Frontier Works Organisation. The 75 km long section is a part of the legendary Grand Trunk Road which connects Pakistan and Afghanistan through the historic Khyber Pass.The ceremony was attended by Mr Muhammad Hanif Gardiwal, Acting Governor Nangarhar Province, Maj Gen Muhammad Afzal, Director General Frontier Works Organisation, Mr. Syed…
  • What is Grillage Foundation, Definition, Construction, Uses

    Saad Iqbal
    22 May 2015 | 12:08 am
    A type of foundation often used at the base of a column. It consists of one, two or more tiers of steel beams superimposed on a layer of concrete, adjacent tiers being placed at right angles to each other, while all tiers are encased in concrete. Grillage foundation is the most economical foundation in case of transferring heavy loads from columns to soil of low bearing capacity. Grillage FoundationDefinition and Uses of Grillage FoundationGrillage foundations consist of a number of layers of beams usually laid at right angles to each other and used to disperse heavy point loads from the…
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    14 May 2015 | 11:52 am
    Prestressed Concrete is basically concrete in which internal stresses of a suitable magnitude and sitribution are introduced so that the stresses resulting from external loads are counteracted to a desired degress. In reinforced concrete members, the pre-stress is commonly introduced by tensioning the steel reinforcement.Title of the Book Prestressed ConcreteAuthor of the BookN Krishna RajuContentsIntroductionMaterials for Prestressed ConcretePrestressing SystemsAnalysis of Prestress and Bending StressLosses of PrestressDeflection of Prestressed Concrete MemebersFlexural Strength of…
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  • 4 Ways Steel Can Spruce Up Your House Exterior

    22 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    It's no mystery that curb appeal increases your home's resale value or - at the very least - will increase the speed of your home sale. But looking outside of the financial benefits, sprucing up your home's exterior is good for you. Driving in or walking up to an attractive home and property is a positive experience. It makes you feel proud of where you live and the work you've done to accomplish it. Two of the most prohibitive factors when it comes to making desirable home improvements are time and money. Steel and metal building components are solutions on both counts. They are much less…
  • Preventing Construction Theft: Tips for Contractors

    20 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      Construction job site theft: at first, you may not notice the little things that walk away from your site here and there. However, once perpetrators of the theft - often comprising names from your company's payroll (we're sorry to say) - figure out nobody's watching, larger quantities and higher-dollar items may disappear as well. According to figures from entities like the National Association of Home Builders and the LoJack Corporation, construction theft accounts for as much as $1 billion dollars worth of losses each year. That's a big chunk of collective change,…
  • Understanding Construction Labor Laws

    18 May 2015 | 5:00 am
      Is your construction complying with federal, state and local labor laws? The rigors of doing day-to-day business in order to meet client demand inevitably becomes the focus of any construction firm, regardless of how much they desire to maintain an "employee first" attitude. Thus, it's easy to slip on one or more of the 180 federal laws administered and enforced by the U.S. Department of Labor. Pay Attention To These Construction Labor Laws and Stay Out of Trouble That's right, the U.S DOL has written 180 laws and your state and local municipalities may have a few…
  • Will Steel Work to Rebuild a House Damaged by Fire?

    15 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    Have you recently been the victims of a house fire? Do you know someone who is recovering from a recent house fire? If so, consider using a steel-framed metal building for a fire house rebuild. Not only are steel and metal residential buildings typically faster and more affordable than their wood-framed counterparts, when combined with fire-proofing techniques, they also make for some of the most fire- and disaster-resistant homes on the market. Consider a Steel Framed Building For Rebuilding Your Fire-Damaged Home While surviving a house fire can be incredibly traumatic for all…
  • 7 Steps for Preparing Your Steel Building Foundation

    13 May 2015 | 5:00 am
    A strong foundation is advised for any life endeavor, and steel buildings are no exception. In fact, in addition to providing strength and stability, the foundation also will also help to protect your metal building components from moisture and water damage. While pouring a foundation can be a do-it-yourself (DIY) project, we recommend working with a licensed concrete subcontractor or an experienced building professional the first time to make sure you follow industry best-practices. Any errors in surveying, land preparation or curing of the poured slab can lead to undesirable and…
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  • All you need to know about SMSTS

    Stuart Howie
    14 May 2015 | 7:43 am
    Well, the first and most important thing you need to know about the SMSTS is this:-   If you want a site management job in the UK you have to get that Certificate!   The next thing is that it will cost around £600 for a 5-day full-time course. If your employer is paying, no probs!   A good skive off work!   If you freelance and have to pay yourself, that is a heavy investment! Loss of 5 days earnings plus course fee probably clocks up around £2,000! Will the wife go for it or do you look, as so many others have, for work overseas?   Anyway, the next thing to know is…
  • Hilarious construction signs

    7 May 2015 | 8:31 am
    Walking around a construction site is no joke: Loose equipment, sharp objects, Falls... But sometimes explaining those hazards or other matters to the public can be just hilarious. Take a look at our top construction site signs. This contractor commits to a really fast handover: Wait... is this actually a construction sign? Sign made by Dr. NO: Forget about the Indian meal tomorrow: Yeah, don't mess with assembly lines: Imagine the smart guy opening a box of his new 1,000 sings: So would I: When temporary is really temporary? Probably the best sign to attract new Clients: What is your…
  • How to make lean construction work for you?

    5 May 2015 | 6:55 am
    A simple question, but not quite that simple an answer! What it comes down to is who you are, what you do and where you fit in in the whole life-cycle of the construction project.   Let’s start with the client side Project Champion. He has to start by beating sense into the heads of all is stakeholders so that they only get what they actually need. Once he has won with them, he then has to move on to all the project consultants such as the architects, interior designers and engineers. They have to come up with a design which actually meets the client’s needs and that it…
  • CSCS card Board shelves plans to simplify with single “smart” card.

    Stuart Howie
    29 Apr 2015 | 8:09 am
    It seems that ten schemes already carry the CSCS logo and, to get them all in line would be too complicated a struggle to win in the short term. So, with an application of bureaucratic procrastination, the decision is being put off until sometime in the future. But why do they want to change it? They’ve changed it enough, already, and only seemed to make it more complicated and less clear to site management who have to check everyone has their CSCS Card as part of site induction! Anyway, quite what do they mean by a “smart” card; something to swipe through an IT reader? Admittedly the…
  • How to get a CSCS card

    Stuart Howie
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:26 am
    Now, CSCS stands for the Construction Skills Certification Scheme and the whole thing was invented about 25 years ago. A neighbour’s young son was wanting to go into the construction industry and he asked me how to get a CSCS card. The first thing I told him was that he had to have £47.50 to his name to be able to pay for it. Of that £30 was to pay for his application and £17.50 to pay to take the test. Preferably he would have a credit card so as to be able to pay for these over the phone. The whole system is pretty complicated with loads of different coloured cards showing people’s…
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  • What To Look For With Handicap Remodeling Contractors In Scottsdale

    18 May 2015 | 6:22 pm
    Living with a physical handicap is difficult enough without having to worry about simple things we often take for granted. For example – it’s relatively easy for the average individual to step into a shower, or to walk down a hall or simply open a door. But when life throws us a curve ball and a physical limitation has become a reality, making adjustments to a home is no longer a luxury – it’s needed. And the experts that provide this service are handicap remodeling contractors in Scottsdale. There are a few special qualities that the best handicap home remodelers have that…
  • Home Improvement in Scottsdale: Create a Backyard Oasis

    Mike Christensen
    12 May 2015 | 6:31 am
    Here is a quick question to consider – what is your idea of the perfect back yard? Does it include an Olympic sized swimming pool – or a customized hot tub and outdoor sauna? Perhaps you’re the type of person that enjoys a good ol’ BBQ and fire-pit evening with friends? Regardless of your individual taste, the fact is that most projects that include home improvement in Scottsdale often are done in the back yard. So why not integrate these ideas into creating a backyard oasis that allows you to get everything you want – all at the same time? Believe it or not, it’s not…
  • Popular Pool Finishes for Pool Remodeling in Scottsdale

    Mike Christensen
    5 May 2015 | 11:37 am
    There is simply nothing better than walking into your backyard to take a relaxing swim when it’s over 100 degrees. But for people that currently have a pool and are looking to complete some pool remodeling in Scottsdale, there are a few cool additions that will really enhance your experience – and can turn your backyard into a place of envy for your friends and neighbors. Most Popular Pool Remodeling Ideas In Scottsdale Rocks – Rocks – and More Rocks If you’ve toured some of the newer homes being built in Scottsdale that have a cool backyard, you’ll notice a common…
  • Most Desirable Appliances for Scottsdale Kitchen Remodeling

    Mike Christensen
    28 Apr 2015 | 9:38 am
    It’s very typical in Scottsdale kitchen remodeling to add the latest and greatest kitchen appliances that will simplify home living. But, along with adding kitchen cabinets in Scottsdale and other ‘cool’ items comes the importance of finding ways to conserve energy as well. It’s no secret that energy consumption pricing is increasing, not to mention a desire to reduce our footprint. This is why many home owners that start a new kitchen remodeling in Scottsdale Az consider energy efficiency above style and function. Here are a few items that are quickly building…
  • 3 Reasons to Call Water Restoration Company in Scottsdale

    Mike Christensen
    21 Apr 2015 | 9:27 am
    When disaster strikes there are often experts that are trained to resolve all issues. If you have experienced any type of water damage you might want to consider contacting a water restoration company in Scottsdale that can repair what is broken, remove all traces of water and repair what is damaged. Here are a few reasons why you should call a water restoration company first if you experience any flooding inside your home. First – Inspect and Repair What Caused the Damage It’s generally understood that the first step to repairing damage is to analyze what caused the damage in the…
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