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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis: New design for enhanced safety, easier siting and centralized construction

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:29 am
    When an earthquake and tsunami struck the Fukushima Daiichi nuclear plant complex in 2011, neither the quake nor the inundation caused the ensuing contamination. Rather, it was the aftereffects -- specifically, the lack of cooling for the reactor cores, due to a shutdown of all power at the station -- that caused most of the harm. A new design for nuclear plants built on floating platforms, modeled after those used for offshore oil drilling, could help avoid such consequences in the future.
  • Wind tunnel tests support improved aerodynamic design of B61-12 bomb

    15 Apr 2014 | 10:38 am
    Sandia National Laboratories has finished eight days of testing a full-scale mock unit representing the aerodynamic characteristics of the B61-12 gravity bomb in a wind tunnel. The tests on the mock-up were done to establish the configuration that will deliver the necessary spin motion of the bomb during freefall and are an important milestone in the Life Extension Program to deliver a new version of the aging system, the B61-12.
  • Scientists come up with method of reducing solar panel glare

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    The glare from solar farms could be a thing of the past, thanks to new research. Researchers have developed a multi-layer anti-reflection coating for glass surfaces, which reduces the sun's reflection from photovoltaic panels while at the same time improving their efficiency. It is applied using the same technology as that used for depositing anti-reflection coatings on eye glasses.
  • New design for mobile phone masts could cut carbon emissions

    15 Apr 2014 | 5:44 am
    A breakthrough in the design of signal amplifiers for mobile phone masts could deliver a massive 200MW cut in the load on UK power stations, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 0.5 million tons a year. 
  • Sustainable ways to keep us flying: New technologies to improve safety and efficiency in the aviation industry

    13 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Multidisciplinary research is producing new technologies to improve safety and efficiency in the aviation industry. Aircraft will always experience wear and tear, and researchers are developing fast, cost-effective methods to identify parts in need of repair. Crucially, these methods aim to be non-destructive, which means that fewer parts need to be removed or replaced during inspection, saving both time and money.
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    CDR - Construction & Demolition Recycling news

  • C&D recycling and deconstruction training offered at WasteExpo

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    WasteExpo 2014 is hosting two training workshops on April 30, 2014, from 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. at the Georgia World Congress Center in Atlanta in conjunction with the convention. The Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Training is offered by WasteCap Resource Solution, Milwaukee, Wis. It also will offer a Deconstruction Training Course in conjuntion with the Building Materials Reuse Association, Chicago. WasteCap lists the objectives and benefits of the Construction & Demolition Waste Recycling Training as follows: Learn to develop, manage, monitor, document, and promote a successful…
  • Construction jobless rate declines to seven-year low

    15 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Construction employers added 19,000 workers to payrolls in March 2014, bringing industry employment to the highest level since June 2009, while the industry's unemployment rate dropped to the lowest March level in seven years, according to an analysis of new government data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC), Arlington, Va. AGC officials warned that the pool of available workers is declining rapidly, raising the prospects for significant labor shortages if demand continues to expand. "The rate of construction hiring continues to outrun job growth in the overall…
  • OSHA schedules meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) will hold a meeting of the Advisory Committee on Construction Safety and Health (ACCSH) May 7-8 in Washington, D.C. Work groups will meet May 7 and the full committee will meet May 8. ACCSH, established under the Contract Work Hours and Safety Standards Act and the Occupational Safety and Health Act of 1970, advises the Secretary of Labor and Assistant Secretary of Labor on occupational safety and health on construction standards and policy matters. The full committee agenda includes remarks from Dr. David Michaels, assistant secretary…
  • Stanley LaBounty unveils two new mobile shears

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Mobile shear manufacturer Stanley LaBounty, based in Two Harbors, Minn., has unveiled two new products at the Institute of Scrap Recycling Industries (ISRI) 2014 Convention and Exposition, held April 6-10 in Las Vegas. The company introduced the MSD800 mobile shear, which has been designed to fill a size need the company says is not specifically addressed by other mobile shears on the market. According to Stanley LaBounty, the shear targets an untapped market of small and mini excavators and backhoes in the 6- to 10-ton weight range. The company also points out that the mobile shear…
  • Caterpillar introduces multi-processors

    14 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Peoria, Ill.-based Caterpillar Work Tools, a leading provider of excavator and wheel loader attachments, is introducing a new generation of multi-processors (MPs) for Cat hydraulic excavators. The Cat MP318 and MP324 MPs can handle most any demolition job simply by using the basic housing and a choice of up to six available jaw sets, the company says. The new MP design builds on the success of its predecessor. According to Caterpillar, it features an efficient weight-to-power ratio and an incredibly strong cutting and crushing capability. The rotator provides a continuous 360-degree rotation…
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Polymer Binders have environmentally friendly formulations.

    11 Apr 2014 | 5:30 am
    Ecronova solutions are available for low-emission systems, interiors, primers, and low-filled systems. As solvent-free polyurethane/polyacrylic hybrid system, Ecrothan™ 2012 provides abrasion/chemical resistance and accelerates hardness development. Latter produces water resistance in floor coatings, parquet lacquers, and industrial coatings. Ecrylic™ KS 447 APEO-free styrene/acrylic emulsion produces corrosion protection in primer formulations and exhibits adhesion on various steel substrates. This story is related to the following:Green & CleanChemical Processing…
  • Epoxy Liner protects chemical transport tanks from corrosion.

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Tested for severe chemical immersion environments, Series 391 Tank Armor consists of 100% solids epoxy liner for use in transport tanks containing chemical blends or acids used in hydraulic fracturing. Applied at 20–40 mils dry film thickness, coating contains no solvents, and is both VOC-compliant and abrasion-resistant. When spray applied in single, high-build coat by plural component equipment, it is possible to conduct high-voltage holiday testing within hours of application. This story is related to the following:Material Handling and Storage Sponsored by: Dalmec Inc - Tile…
  • Stripping/Recoating Service renews fuse welding/tipping mandrels.

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    Forming Mandrel Strip and Recoat Service strips Parylene® and PTFE coatings from forming mandrels (0.020 in. dia and up) and applies PTFE Natural™ coating. Featuring smooth, anti-stick surface that withstands up to 300°C continuous, with excursions to 371°C, PTFE Natural-coated forming mandrels provide 0.05 coefficient of friction per ASTM-1894 to simplify catheter removal in fuse welding and tipping operations. Process enhances bonding surface while also prevents flaking and cracking. This story is related to the following:ServicesMachinery and…
  • Polymer Materials are formulated for automotive interiors.

    20 Mar 2014 | 5:31 am
    Geon™ VBX 3577, as vinyl powder for automotive interior surfaces that require -30°C temperature performance, and Geon™ VBX 3600 series, suited for instrument panels with seamless airbags that require deployment ratings below -36°C, help reduce cycle time for automotive tier suppliers. Products promote production efficiency while meeting low-temperature OEM performance requirements for slush-molded automotive interior parts. Solutions also reduce material bridging and part defects. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of:…
  • Copper-Filled Grease suits heat transfer applications.

    19 Mar 2014 | 5:30 am
    Consisting of single-part, 100% solids, thermally conductive, silicone grease, Heat-Away™ 640 is used in heat transfer applications from -60 to 550°F. Product is formulated as thick paste that will not flow after application and maintains stable viscosity over entire temperature range. With thermal conductivity of 4.68 W/m-K, grease optimizes thermal transfer between heaters and process vessels and various heat sinks used in heat exchangers in electrical and electronic applications. This story is related to the following:Adhesives and SealantsPaints and CoatingsHigh…
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  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:00 am
    Miriam Axel-Lute: So why did you move from capital markets to volunteering at a nonprofit? Darren Walker: Because at the end of the day, I wanted a career that was fulfilling and gratifying and that allowed me to have some modest impact on the world, and people and places I care about. I was given that opportunity because my work at the Children’s Storefront School in Harlem introduced me to the community around 129th Street because I was there so often. And so I came to know people and came to really understand at a granular level what it was like to be uptown in 1995, and I decided I…
  • Impact Investing Resources

    27 Mar 2014 | 8:07 am
    Reading Impact Investing: Transforming How We Make Money While Making a Difference, by Antony Bugg-Levine and Jed Emerson, 2011. Published by Jossey-Bass. Impact Investing: A Framework for Policy Analysis and Design, 2011. Published by InSight at Pacific Community Ventures and the Initiative for Responsible Investment at the Hauser Center for Nonprofit Organizations at Harvard University. Data Driven: A Performance Analysis for the Impact Investing Industry, 2011. Iris Data Report published by the Global Impact Investing Network. Options & Innovations in Community Investing, 2012. Published…
  • Thank you!

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:57 am
    Lisa Davis and Christine Looney are program officers at the Ford Foundation. They helped us organize our advisory meeting, assuring that the right people were invited and that our meeting agenda hit the right issues. They graciously provided meeting space at the foundation and logistics support. Jed Emerson is a thought leader in impact investing and founder of the Blended Value Group. He introduced us to the concept almost two decades before it even had a name when he first wrote for Shelterforce. He pioneered the idea of “blended value” that underpins all of impact investing. He, along…
  • Industry News

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    People Cheryl Cassell, director of National Community Reinvestment Coalition Housing Counseling Network, has been named co-chair of the HUD Coalition of National Intermediaries. Cassell will co-chair the coalition with LaTesha Slappy of Mission of Peace. Sheldon H. Danziger has been named the 10th president of the Russell Sage Foundation. Danziger is the Henry J. Meyer Distinguished University Professor of Public Policy at the Gerald R. Ford School of Public Policy at the University of Michigan. He succeeds Eric Wanner, who led the foundation since 1986. Norman Fong, executive director of San…
  • The Answer

    26 Mar 2014 | 6:00 am
    A: Not any more! Since 1976, manufactured homes have been built to a federal HUD code that ensures the same safety and quality standards as stick-built homes. in addition, many new manufactured homes are being built to high energy efficiency standards.
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    Auburnrefinishing » Blog

  • When the small details add up

    Scott Avery
    26 Mar 2014 | 9:24 pm
    There are a lot of details that do not get seen when a hardwood floor gets installed unless you watch your contractor every step of the way. Because this leads to tense relationships between a contractor and client in most cases, it is better that you learn to understand what requests to have before a project versus becoming an overbearing customer. An often overlooked detail that requires minor extra effort and tools is to add spline or “slip-tongue” to areas of a project when needed. Spline is the hardwood flooring equivalent of a biscuit in woodworking that is cut to length and…
  • Hardwood Refinishing Cost

    Scott Avery
    9 Mar 2014 | 12:46 am
    And the $64,000 Question IS….. I have been operating a hardwood floor company since 2001 and even before then, the phrase “What’s your per square foot price” has been a popular consumer phrase for getting ballpark costs. I am not here to suggest a new pricing model for the industry, but rather to investigate the pricing of a refinish that is worthy of value for a consumer. Exactly what goes into creating a really good sand job? Pricing in general is made up of two primary variables: Materials and Labor Cost. I GREATLY encourage consumers to investigate floor finishes as…
  • White lines in Wood Floors

    Scott Avery
    5 Mar 2014 | 12:17 am
      White lines syndrome on hardwood floors is the result of finish stretch and adhesion loss. The last five or ten years have seen the loss of certain solvents within finishes that gave the coatings better adhesion and elasticity. In this video I discuss the two types of scenarios that create white lines syndrome. Adhesion loss across the seams of the boards in a floor will create the look of white lines. The problem exhibits itself particularly when a floor experiences minor cupping from excess seasonal moisture. Because finishes like oil modified polyurethane lay as a film across the…
  • What is “Dustless” floor refinishing?

    Scott Avery
    1 Mar 2014 | 12:48 am
    What exactly is all the hype? I appreciate when people call me for a project. Sometimes in this business I need to hop onto the bandwagon and use industry invented marketing terminology so customers can evaluate services on a level playing field. Let’s talk about the origins of the word “dustless” and really dig deep. To start, let’s quit using the hype word “dustless”, which is simply marketing speak for DUST COLLECTION. Hardwood floor sanding used to be associated with huge clouds of dust that left your home a mess for months after everything was sanded.
  • What is the Most Durable Floor Finish?

    Scott Avery
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:01 pm
    Consumers want the best finish available for their money. In this video I will discuss the factors that impact floor finish durability. As a homeowner, the primary way to make your floor finish last longer is within the maintenance and use. Consider that regular cleaning to remove particulates and clipping your dogs’ toenails are very useful. Also, if possible avoid wearing shoes in the house. Now, let’s get to the important part that you can ask of your wood floor contractor prior to hiring them. Durability of floor finish comes from three factors: solids content/resins quality,…
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    Building Arizona

  • What’s Happening in the West Valley – March Program Recap

    2 Apr 2014 | 5:25 pm
    What’s Happening in the West Valley – March Program Recap The spring events season kicked off on Thursday, March 20th at the Phoenix Country Club for a breakfast program featuring a panel of speakers representing Arizona’s West Valley. Cheryl Covert from the City of Avondale’s Economic Development division was joined by Christian Green, Business Development […]
  • Four Qualities of Leadership

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:34 pm
      Four Qualities of Leadership – A Conversation with Brad Thurman, PE, FSMPs, CPSM, President of SMPS Brad Thurman led a discussion with the SMPS Arizona Leadership team during the annual mid-year board retreat. As president of the SMPS National Board, Deirdre Gilmore, CPSM, SMPS Arizona’s President, asked him to talk about leadership. Brad’s discussion […]
  • Mid-Year Review: 2013-2014: The Year to THRIVE

    2 Apr 2014 | 2:15 pm
    Advocate, Educate, and Connect to THRIVE! Greetings SMPS Arizona! We are already half way through our annual calendar and fresh off of our mid-year leadership retreat; so I thought it was time to give everyone an update on the organization. In my kick-off Letter from the President, I laid out our strategic plan and the […]
  • Tools of the Trade: Managing Your Inbox – How To Set Up Email Rules To Keep You Sane

    24 Mar 2014 | 10:30 am
      Do you wake up every morning to a hundred or more new emails in your inbox? It can take hours just to sift through everything—and it’s very easy to miss the most important ones. Out of all the listserves, spam, and emails from actual people, it gets overwhelming to keep track of everything.  It […]
  • Get to Know: Becky Hornack

    21 Mar 2014 | 10:35 am
    1. Where are you from and what is your background? I’m originally from Cleveland, Ohio, and moved to Arizona in 2000. I’m the youngest of six children and my parents celebrated their 60th anniversary in February 2014. My professional background has always been in the marketing field, but with different industries such as higher education, […]
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    DaveYoho Blog

  • Continued Q&A from our March 2014 Webinar

    Brad Yoho
    26 Mar 2014 | 7:55 am
    We will now continue to address the questions that we were not able to answer during our most recent home improvement webinar. The first question is actually a combination of three separate questions that we received from listeners. Q: Are some personality types better suited for sales than others? How do you know someone is not overselling (or underselling) themselves? Is there a concrete type of test which can be administered to applicants? A: All of these questions examine the same dilemma. The underlying genesis of which is “How do I find a superstar salesperson”.  This is like…
  • Q&A from our March 2014 Webinar

    Brad Yoho
    13 Mar 2014 | 1:32 pm
    Our most recent webinar was a huge hit! We have been inundated with requests to cover the topic of recruiting and hiring, and as such we made that this program’s focus. We will now address some of the questions that we were not able to answer during the program. Q: What is the best way to attract salespeople for a small business? A: If you’re a small business (25 or less salespeople) you’ve probably utilized Craig’s List or similar sites and been inundated with resumes of those which have little value to your business or don’t meet your requirements. A more effective way is to…
  • Adapting Neuro-Linguistic Programming to Fit Your Goals

    Dave Yoho
    29 Jan 2014 | 11:38 am
    Throughout our many years as a consulting firm one of the main precepts that we structure our training methodology on is Neuro-linguistic Programming. Neur0-linguistic programming (NLP) is a scientific approach to communication that shows how one’s behavior can have a specific impact on outcomes and goals. One of the researchers who was a major force in developing and successfully utilizing this science was Dr. Milton Erickson. In 1967, 8 years before Richard Bandler and John Grinder’s original book on NLP was published, Dr. Erickson, a renowned psychiatrist, authored a descriptive…
  • The End of 2013

    Brad Yoho
    24 Dec 2013 | 10:16 am
    As the holidays are upon us and the new year approaches, everyone here at Dave Yoho Associates would like to take the opportunity to wish everyone abundant success in 2014. We hope to interact with you soon, whether it be at a live event, webinar, or training session and as always we appreciate your business!
  • More Q&A from our Virtual Sales Meeting

    Brad Yoho
    4 Dec 2013 | 1:43 pm
    Questions keep coming in regarding our first ever virtual sales meeting that had over 900 attendees. As always we will attempt to address as many of them as possible in this forum: Q: What is a realistic closing percentage on kitchen and bath remodeling using a step system? A: First, leads received and confirmed as in your territory of operation must be set as appointments with a bona fide script. Depending on the type of lead, 80-90% can be converted and become issued appointments (appointments to be made with all interested parties being present at a specific time and date confirming…
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    Construction Law in North Carolina

  • We have beer! (Marketing Tip)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    15 Apr 2014 | 7:04 am
      I saw this sign outside the Jacksonville, North Carolina regional airport.  For those of you who don’t know, Jacksonville is home to Camp Lejeune, a Marine Corp base.  Many of the passengers are coming from or going to the base. Think a Marine on R&R might like a brewskie or two?  Probably so.  Thus […]
  • That’s not the way we’ve always done it! (Why you should update your office practices)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    9 Apr 2014 | 9:50 am
    Anyone recognize the photo to the left?  If you are of the Millennial generation, this is a quaint thing called a public pay phone.  They used to be everywhere.  Imagine, not having a cell phone to keep you in constant contact with Big Brother…………. [the good old days]. As you may be able to tell […]
  • Modernist Houses Galore! [visual candy for architects]

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    21 Feb 2014 | 7:57 am
    Do you like modern architecture?  Is Frank Lloyd Wright someone you wish you could have met? If so, then you’ll want to check out the new “Masters Gallery” of the North Carolina Modernist Houses (NCMH) group.  With changes and additions announced this week, it’s Gallery is America’s largest open digital archive of Modernist houses, as […]
  • Cozy up with some good Construction Blogs (and a favor)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    20 Feb 2014 | 8:28 am
    If you haven’t already, check out some of the blogs on my Blogroll.  These are other construction law writers from around the United States.  Even if they are not writing for your jurisdiction, most of the information is relevant to readers from any state- or indeed, for readers from many other countries. In addition to […]
  • 5 Impressive Construction Projects in North Carolina

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    30 Jan 2014 | 8:32 am
    What are your top construction building projects in North Carolina?  Do you have a “short list”?  Author Ralitsa Golemanova of JW Surety Bonds does, and she has the reasoning behind them. Ralista’s Top 5, which all “present a different facet of exceptional modern design and construction” are presented below.  Her list, in no particular order, includes: 1.  The […]
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    Contractor Websites & Social Media For Contractors

  • The Trouble With Websites

    15 Apr 2014 | 3:57 am
    The headline is a bit misleading because I don’t have all that much room. The headline should be, the trouble with websites when you design your own site. Take these tips into consideration if you are responsible for your website design. Click image for a larger view. The Big Problem With Small-Business Sites from MyCaseSD The post The Trouble With Websites appeared first on Contractor Websites & Social Media For Contractors.
  • Another Reason Buying Likes Ruins Your Business

    14 Apr 2014 | 6:06 am
    So, by now you know all the reasons you shouldn’t buy likes, its deceptive, its doesn’t generate actual business, it is a waste of money. All are right…and there’s one more.  One day (sooner than later) you may want to advertise on Facebook. Anywhere from a $5 boost to a full-scale ad campaign into the thousands of dollars a month.  I got news for ya… When you buy likes and they come from some far off land, from far off profiles that won’t/don’t matter to your actual real-life marketing efforts, all of your numbers (you track your numbers right?) inside of Facebook…
  • What Color Your Logo is Matters

    7 Apr 2014 | 2:45 am
    If you thought you would just whip up a logo and be done with it, you need to know your choice of color matters…in the eyes of your prospects. Below is a visual representation of what colors have traditionally been used by specific industries in their logos and marketing…and why. What do your colors say about you? Click on image to enlarge. The post What Color Your Logo is Matters appeared first on Contractor Websites & Social Media For Contractors.
  • Spring Cleaning For Your Website

    3 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    When you look at your site, you have to create a space that if an alien came down to Earth, needed a new kitchen or wanted siding done on her new house, she would know how to navigate your site. In other words… If it doesn’t help you sell, get it the hell off of your website! The post Spring Cleaning For Your Website appeared first on Contractor Websites & Social Media For Contractors.
  • Contractors should use Google+ for marketing-A Guest Post by Randy Patton

    26 Mar 2014 | 5:05 am
    Google Plus is an SEO (search engine optimization) lover’s dream. If you think about it, it’s really quite simple, Google Plus is owned by the number 1 search engine Google! So WHY wouldn’t you want to market on Google+? Google is the biggest search engine on the planet. One of the things that people often forget about the Internet is that it is an effective way to advertise a business to customers located across the country and across the street. Your neighbors and friends are using the Internet to find new businesses and buy products just as anyone else in the world would do.
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Adding data from the field to your model just got easier...

    Pete Billante
    7 Apr 2014 | 5:28 am
    ...with BIM 360 Field and Glue Integration! For a longtime we’ve been talking about “Field BIM” and the value of augmenting your models with data from the field.  Whether for tracking the installation and startup of systems and equipment for commissioning, or material tracking and visual progress reporting, there are tons of great uses.  Many BIM 360 customers have already shown us the benefits of having that near real-time information from the jobsite in your model for coordination meetings and task planning.  Now, by harnessing the power of the BIM 360 cloud, connecting the…
  • Connecting the dots – 2015 Product Launch and BIM 360

    Lee Mullin
    28 Mar 2014 | 8:18 am
    It's the time of year where we head to the hills and start shouting about our new releases, except this year we have something different to shout about. Normally you'll see us reeling of a list of features for each product we release, which is great, and useful, but we understand not many of you work in isolation on one product all year. Which is why I'm so excited about this year. Yes there's new product features, yes there's enhancements and improvements to your favourite products (Revit, Navisworks and AutoCAD), but the difference this year is how connected they…
  • Innovate or Die… Better off Dead?

    Sunny Hira
    26 Mar 2014 | 3:51 pm
    Spotlight of the Week: Guest Blogger Dace Campbell   Dace Campbell, AIA, LEED AP is a Customer Success Manager at Autodesk and a nationally recognized expert and strategist in innovative tools and processes, including Building Information Modeling, Lean Construction, and Integrated Project Delivery. He is a licensed architect with almost 25 years of experience in design, construction, and computer visualization supporting collaborative, efficient design & construction.  It's no secret that the construction industry is a cave-man industry. We've all seen the graphs,…
  • Getting more out of your data rich construction model with BIM 360 Glue

    Thomas Schwaiger
    27 Feb 2014 | 1:40 pm
    You've probably seen videos and demos showing how to explore the model in BIM 360 Glue (BIM 360 Glue Workflow – Reviewing the design). You've probably also seen how BIM 360 Glue can help you avoid costly clashes (also read this post on The cost of clashing) and communicating changes uses markups on both desktop and mobile. Can you dig deeper than that? Let's say you wanted to understand how the design has changed over several iterations, or to quickly find all the components of a mechanical system, or to prepare views that highlight certain aspects of the model so everyone on…
  • The cost of clashing

    Lee Mullin
    17 Feb 2014 | 9:16 am
    What does a clash cost you as a company, whether you are the contractor, architect, engineer or specialist sub-contractor? You need to consider the materials wasted, the new materials, the cost of labour on site and in the office resolving the issue, the cost of machinery, the possible delays to the schedule and any penalties that may involve and a list that could keep going on to through to the possible legal costs. There have been various studies and quotes to talk about how much a clash on site can cost with figures ranging from $1500 up to $8000, dependent on the trades involved, when…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • LMN Sales and Support Closed for Good Friday

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:08 am
    Landscape Management Network’s Sales, Support and Live Chat will be closed on Friday April 18th for Good Friday! If you have any questions or need support feel free to send an email to and we will get back to you as soon as possible. We will be back open again at 8am EST on Monday April 21st! The post LMN Sales and Support Closed for Good Friday appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
  • LMN Release Notes for April 2014 Update

    15 Apr 2014 | 6:30 pm
    LMN Time New Feature: Custom Job Types Now you can setup custom job types that will help you make timetracking and job setup even more efficient. Job Types allow you to setup default settings for all jobs assigned to that specific type. Settings that apply to job types include: Whether to track weather notes from the nearest weather tracking station (very handy for snow and/or chemical job types) Whether to prompt the crews to enter what equipment was used (useful for snow and ice liability protection) Whether to prompt the crews for general site notes Which payroll items to use when…
  • NOTICE: LMN Will be down for a Scheduled Update April 15th 9-12PM EST

    11 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    Starting at 9pm EST and going to approximately 12am EST on Tuesday April 15th, LMN will be down for a new update. Update notes will be posted following the update to update our users. The post NOTICE: LMN Will be down for a Scheduled Update April 15th 9-12PM EST appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
  • LMN information safe from the Heartbleed Bug

    10 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    As you might have heard in the Media about this new internet bug (Heartbleed Bug) that is affecting thousands of websites we just wanted to give you some more information about it and notify our users that they are safe using our site. The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Websites affected have the potential to have usernames and passwords stolen, credit card information and crucial account…
  • NOTICE: LMN will be Down for A Quick Bit of Maintenance Tonight…

    LMN Admin
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Starting at 9pm EST and going to approximately 10pm EST, LMN will be down for routine maintenance updates.  Exact downtime may be less, but it shouldn’t be more than 1 hour.     The post NOTICE: LMN will be Down for A Quick Bit of Maintenance Tonight… appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
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    The Home Expert Network

  • Sources for Home Improvement News

    8 Apr 2014 | 3:19 pm
    Like all industries, the many different fields in home improvement are constantly evolving and changing. As strategies and information develop, it is important for professionals to keep up-to-date about the latest developments in their respective specialties, to ensure that homeowners are always getting the best possible work. But where do you go to get trustworthy information about developments in your field? Why We’re Asking Keeping up with developments in your field can be a full-time job. Knowing where to get the best, most reliable information about advancements in technology and…
  • Home Improvement on Television

    24 Mar 2014 | 12:26 pm
    It seems like there’s a reality TV show for just about everything these days, whether it’s crab fishing or chocolate-making, and the home improvement industry has not escaped. In fact, TV shows about rebuilding or redesigning or even just buying homes have flooded the networks, which means a lot of exposure for the industries–as well as a lot of misinformation. After all, “reality” television tends to resemble actual reality less than one might assume, and these shows can often give both homeowners and people looking to get into the home improvement industry the…
  • When’s the best time to remodel?

    21 Mar 2014 | 2:30 am
    The changing seasons bring a lot of color to our world, but they can also mean putting projects you want to do on your home on delay. You don’t want to be redoing a roof in the middle of rainy season, or pouring concrete when the ground is frozen. Picking the right time of year for your remodel goals can mean the difference between a successful project done on time and on budget, and a remodel that drags on for weeks and hits half a dozen snags. Below, we’ve compiled a list of just a few things to consider when deciding if the time is right for that remodel you’ve been…
  • Best Time for a Remodel

    10 Mar 2014 | 5:22 pm
    As the seasons change, so do the activities that people like to participate in. Things like biking or hiking or just hanging out at the park are solidly summer activities, while the winter invites plans that stay indoors. Changes in weather can inspire a desire for other kinds of changes, too. Like home renovations. But the itch to remodel doesn’t always come at the best time for it. If a homeowner wants to avoid disrupting their lives too much, and get through a project quickly, they should think about what time of year their remodel is planned for, because some are better than others.
  • What will the home of the future look like?

    7 Mar 2014 | 1:00 am
    It seems like technology is constantly evolving around us, changing the way we do just about everything, from how we talk to each other, to how we work, and even how we live. In light of this, last week we asked our home network experts to peer into the future and tells us what trends they see already developing in the housing industry, and describe what the homes of the future might look like. They came back with a lot of fascinating insight into the demographics of future homeowners, and how that will affect housing trends. Here are just a few things that are going to become more popular in…
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • The Safe Successful Modular Delivery

    Janet Field
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:41 pm
    Celebrate Daily Successes Sometimes it is important to take a minute to celebrate success in our daily jobs. There are certain projects or tasks in any company that by their very nature are more high profile or glamorous than others. But because all projects don’t come with million dollar price tags in big shinny packages, they can’t all be dazzling.… Read More... The post The Safe Successful Modular Delivery appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Recognition for Awards and the Shift to Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    9 Apr 2014 | 6:59 pm
    Modular Construction is Taking Off We are pleased and proud to share news of the recent awards Triumph received from The Modular Building Institute, the international non-profit trade association serving the commercial modular construction industry. We are equally pleased to recognize the tremendous projects we won these awards based upon, as proof that the modular industry is pushing ahead rightfully so.… Read More... The post Recognition for Awards and the Shift to Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • It is Official Gold LEED Certification for Whittlesey Village in Acton

    Janet Field
    21 Jan 2014 | 8:49 pm
    In early December 2013, Triumph Modular received the official certificate from the USGBC, Whittlesey Village, the Acton Housing Authority project achieved the LEED certification for Homes illustrating a Gold certification! Past blog articles about the Acton project for example, Affordable, Green and Modular Multi-Unit Housing and Going for Gold tell parts of the story, but this project’s results have had far reaching positive implications for the community of Acton.… Read More... The post It is Official Gold LEED Certification for Whittlesey Village in Acton appeared first on…
  • Watch a Modular Building Constructed in 20 Slides

    Janet Field
    3 Jan 2014 | 7:18 am
    Take a look at the David H. Koch Childcare Center, a recent addition to MIT’s on-campus childcare, as it is delivered and assembled on site using the modular construction process. Triumph Modular, the projects general contractor, collaborated with D.W. Arthur Associates Architects and NRB USA, factory partner on the modular building and construction of a 14,000 square foot childcare facility.… Read More... The post Watch a Modular Building Constructed in 20 Slides appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • 2013: A Year In Review at Triumph Modular

    Janet Field
    9 Dec 2013 | 3:05 pm
    What an amazing year it has been! The Triumph Modular team is extremely pleased with all of the challenges and successes recorded in 2013 and we want to share them with you. We would also like to take this time to thank our readers for their constant support and engagement on our blog, and social media profiles.… Read More... The post 2013: A Year In Review at Triumph Modular appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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    Help Everybody Everyday

  • What Superman Can Teach You About Getting and Keeping Your Client’s Attention

    Matt Handal
    20 Apr 2014 | 5:40 am
    It’s hard to get anyone’s attention these days, especially a client who knows you want to sell them something. I’m going to teach you a counterintuitive tactic, that I call the “One-Two Curiosity Punch,” which is guaranteed to get people’s attention. Then I’m going to explain: Why it works How I’ve used it in everything from proposals to blog posts But first, I need to tell you a secret I hid for twenty years. You Thought Your Job Was Hard In February 1986, at the CVS in Haddonfield, NJ, I begged my mom for 75 cents to buy my first comic book.
  • You Are Awesome and I’m Giving You This New Webinar

    Matt Handal
    12 Apr 2014 | 11:57 am
    That’s right! You’ve really inspired me. And I’ve got some exciting things to tell you. A little over a week ago, I reached out to you to see if we could help raise $10,000 for little Aven Crane’s cancer battle. And boy, did the Help Everybody Army step up to the plate! You helped Team Aven crush their $10K fundraising goal in a matter of days! In fact, they raised over $17K. Not only did the Help Everybody Army donate, but some of our soldiers helped raise awareness by posting on Facebook. Again, I’m inspired by your awesomeness! Aven’s journey continues.
  • What Between Two Ferns Can Teach Us About Professionalism and Marketing

    Matt Handal
    6 Apr 2014 | 5:20 am
    Everybody knows that in business you have to keep a “professional” demeanor. Image is important, right?!? You don’t want to be seen as anything other than the epitome of professionalism. That’s why President Barack Obama’s recent appearance, and unquestionable success, on Between Two Ferns is so surprising. Is there a lesson we can learn here? The POTUS Between Two Ferns By now, you’ve heard the story. In a desperate attempt to get young people to sign up for plans through, our President agreed to be skewered on camera by Zack Galifinakis. By…
  • Business Development Basics

    Matt Handal
    30 Mar 2014 | 7:23 am
    Are you struggling to get into or improve your business development? Well, I reached out to Kelly Riggs, the author of “Quit Whining and Start Selling.” I asked him to walk us through a scenario illustrating how marketers can get started with business development. Along the way, Kelly dispels some business development myths, alleviates common fears, and walks us through the process. Yes, after a long hiatus, the Design and Construction Marketing Podcast is back. Listen to this new episode on the webpage or subscribe via iTunes. Shownotes Vmax – Kelly’s Website Quit…
  • The Key To Improved Marketing: ABT

    Matt Handal
    16 Mar 2014 | 4:00 am
    I hope you can see by now that marketing is a science. And good science is repeatable. When scientists stumble on to a discovery, they must be able to reproduce it before it can be accepted within the scientific community. Therefore, they dissect the discovery to figure out what about it works. Once they have consistently reproduced the effects, they know they’ve got something real. Likewise, if you want to produce consistent success for your business, you must figure out what marketing actions work. And what works for one business won’t necessarily work for another. Don’t get me wrong,…
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    Olger Fallas Painting

  • Top 5 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Inspired By The Most Iconic Kitchens Of All Time

    Maria Siddiqui
    27 Mar 2014 | 7:04 am
    Top 5 DIY Home Improvement Ideas Inspired By The Most Iconic Kitchens Of All Time is a post from: Olger Fallas PaintingSo you are feeling bored with your drab, outdated kitchen huh? Who wouldn’t be in the mood to do some updating when every magazine page you turn, and channel you flip has you drooling over the most luxurious and stylish kitchens of celebrities and socialites. There is no need to feel as though showcasing this kind of sophisticated style in your kitchen is unattainable. With all the resources on the internet and in craft and hardware stores nationwide, you can take 5 of…
  • Renting Vs Buying – Which One Offers More For Your Money?

    Olger Fallas
    27 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Renting Vs Buying – Which One Offers More For Your Money? is a post from: Olger Fallas PaintingAs most of us will be aware, renting is not a good long term investment in the same way as buying property is. Yes, you could spend what would have been a house deposit on travelling the world if you’re happy to long term rent. And yes, without your own property you’re less likely to get sucked in to DIY or other maintenance, or even having to pay for accidental damage. These are factors which give you more freedom in life, especially considering as at the end of your tenancy you can up…
  • Best & Worst Ways To Cut Costs On A Construction Job

    Olger Fallas
    20 Mar 2014 | 3:00 am
    Best & Worst Ways To Cut Costs On A Construction Job is a post from: Olger Fallas PaintingWho doesn’t want to save a buck when they can? Usually trying to save your hard earned cash is a good thing. Sometimes though, saving money isn’t the wisest decision. Below are listed examples of times you should try and save money on your home improvement project, and also times when trying to do something on the cheap is the wrong way to go. BEST: Go Over Every Detail of the Project   Sit down yourself (if you are doing the project DIY) or with your contractor and take a look at…
  • Where Should You Learn How To Use Power Tools?

    Olger Fallas
    13 Mar 2014 | 7:17 am
    Where Should You Learn How To Use Power Tools? is a post from: Olger Fallas PaintingPower tools are effective yet dangerous implements. One wrong move can mean slicing a finger off or causing a severe graze. Nobody who doesn’t know what they’re doing should go anywhere near a power tool of any kind. Education is the key.If you don’t know anything about using power tools, where should you find out how to use them?Family and FriendsIt’s rare for someone to not know anybody who has an idea of proper power tool usage. Get the help of an expert you’re on friendly terms with and ask them…
  • How a New Jersey Property Management Company Helps with Commercial Energy Conservation

    Olger Fallas
    31 Jan 2014 | 1:00 am
    How a New Jersey Property Management Company Helps with Commercial Energy Conservation is a post from: Olger Fallas PaintingPeople often think that going green is too expensive or difficult to accomplish.  However, the facts tell a different story.  Conserving energy can be easy, and it can actually save you money.  In fact, energy use is the largest operating expense in commercial office buildings, and represents approximately one-third of a typical operating budget.  Furthermore, that energy use alone comprises almost 20 percent of the country’s annual greenhouse gas emissions.
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  • OSA Demolition Equipment to Enter North America

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:40 am
    Italian manufacturer OSA Demolition Equipment, working through its exclusive distribution partner, Cadeci International of Wellington, Fla., will enter the North American market in spring 2014.
  • Diesel Technology Forum Launches Video Series

    18 Apr 2014 | 6:26 am
    The Diesel Technology Forum is launching a 10-part video series highlighting the research, development and strategies used by leaders in clean diesel technology to produce near-zero emissions in new off-road engines and equipment. The series includes interviews with technology and business executives conducted at the recent 2014 CONEXPO CON/AGG convention in Las Vegas.
  • Manitou Celebrates Anniversary with Loader Giveaway

    17 Apr 2014 | 6:57 am
    In 1973, Gehl Company (today Manitou Americas Inc.) began designing and manufacturing its own line of skid loaders. Four decades later, a complete line of seven radial-lift and three vertical-lift models are offered under the Gehl brand name. To celebrate 40 years in the skid loader industry, Manitou Americas Inc. is presenting a sweepstakes for one custom-painted Gehl R190 skid loader. The skid loader is painted in maize (yellow) and blaze (red), the same color scheme as the first line of Gehl skid loaders in 1973.
  • OSHA Schedules Crane Certification Date Hearing

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:46 am
    OSHA has scheduled an informal public hearing to discuss the agency’s proposed rule to extend the compliance date for the crane operator certification requirement. The hearing will be held May 19, 2014 in Washington, D.C., and will also discuss the existing phase-in requirement that employers ensure their operators are qualified to operate equipment.
  • Highway Trust Fund Could Run Out by August: DOT

    16 Apr 2014 | 8:40 am
    According to the U.S. Department of Transportation’s (DOT) Highway Trust Fund Ticker, the Highway Account of the Highway Trust Fund will likely encounter a shortfall by the end of August 2014. The account began with $1.6 billion in cash at the beginning of fiscal year 2014. After the start of the fiscal year, a $9.7 billion transfer from the General Fund to the Highway Account was made.
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    AEC Business

  • 10 Digital Ways of Project Communication

    Aarni Heiskanen
    15 Apr 2014 | 11:19 am
    This presentation is an overview of 10 digital tools and services that we’ve used for project communication. The post 10 Digital Ways of Project Communication appeared first on AEC Business.
  • As IMF Upgrades UK Economic Outlook, What Does the Future Hold for Construction?

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    14 Apr 2014 | 11:54 pm
    The recent announcement by the International Monetary Fund (IMF) that it had underestimated the United Kingdom’s economic... The post As IMF Upgrades UK Economic Outlook, What Does the Future Hold for Construction? appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Understanding Guidelines on Safe Loading

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    13 Apr 2014 | 11:00 pm
    One of the most crucial aspects when transporting goods by lorry is to ensure that the load... The post Understanding Guidelines on Safe Loading appeared first on AEC Business.
  • The Most Elegant Graduate School Buildings in the World

    Aarni Heiskanen
    8 Apr 2014 | 6:14 am
    The Best Master’s Degrees has published an interesting article on the 50 Most Elegant Graduate School Buildings in the... The post The Most Elegant Graduate School Buildings in the World appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Is Your Business Head in the Clouds?

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    7 Apr 2014 | 11:33 am
    Cloud computing is the latest buzzword. Everyone has heard of it, most people have talked about it,... The post Is Your Business Head in the Clouds? appeared first on AEC Business.
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    Oil Tank Removal Vancouver

  • Hazards of a Hidden Oil Tank on Your Property

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:34 pm
    Oil tanks, in the past, were used as a source of heat and were buried under the house. With the passage of time the presence of these tanks remained unaddressed. Many house owners have no idea that such an oil tank is buried on their property. Therefore, you have to look for signs like oil patches on walls, dead spots on the grass etc. that indicate the presence of an oil tank. If you find some traces of a hidden oil tank, buried on your property, without delay you should contact professional oil tank removal experts in Vancouver. Such a tank should be detected and removed to prevent many…
  • Oil Tank Detection Methods used by Professionals

    14 Feb 2014 | 9:57 pm
    An underground oil tank can be more dangerous than you think. If you want to make sure that there is no hidden oil tank – or tanks – on your property, or if you would like to remove an already-detected tank, please seek assistance from professional oil tank removal service providers in Vancouver. Companies dealing with oil tank detection and removal, offer a number of services. These services are: oil tank detection, removal, disposal and backfill. Let us discuss these detection methods briefly. Detection Detecting hidden oil tanks calls for special skills and techniques.
  • Understanding the Oil Tank Removal Process

    6 Feb 2014 | 10:19 pm
    If your house was built between the 1920s and 1960s, there is the possibility of an underground oil tank on your property. These homes used to use oil as a heating source. With the passage of time, these tanks were left unattended. The oil remaining in the tanks may spill and can cause danger, leaking toxic elements and hazardous material that contaminate the soil and underground water. The oil can also flow into the drainage and cause an unpleasant smell. Informed buyers check for the existence of oil tanks before purchasing a property. Signs of Underground Oil Tank There are many signs that…
  • Underground Oil Tanks and Removal Services

    5 Feb 2014 | 10:14 pm
    Homes built before 1957 used furnace oil as the source of heating. When natural gas became available, the oil tanks were capped and left unused. These unused underground tanks pose a threat, as oil spills out due to corrosion and rust. Impact of Oil Tanks The oil spill leads to soil contamination and underground water pollution. In addition, it puts an impact on the value of your property. The contamination can spread to the neighborhood, and home-owners may face legal liabilities. The presence of underground oil tanks on your property prevents any future development or construction.
  • Oil Tank Removal for Safety Reasons

    9 Jan 2014 | 1:14 am
    If you are living in a house with a hidden underground oil tank, it is like residing on a ticking time bomb. Hidden oil tanks, when left unattended for many years, rust and leak oil. These oil drippings spread and contaminate the soil with toxic elements. In addition, they reach the underground water. As you know, spread of such toxic elements may endanger human lives. It is therefore necessary to get rid of such hidden tanks as soon as you detect them. Before the volatile content in a tank spreads, it should be removed by professionals. Oil tank removal companies in Vancouver are able to…
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    North Coast Packaged Homes Tales from the Trenches

  • Two Weeks after the Delivery of a Modified Brentwood Model

    25 Mar 2014 | 12:23 pm
    "Today, completed 2 weeks since we received the house package.  We're ready for the roof sheathing nail off inspection and I made the call to the county building department, with a request for morning inspection to support putting felt on the roof starting at noon. Tomorrow, Tuesday, promises to be very exciting with all that we want to get done before the rain moves in:... like finish nailing the roof, lots of detailed work in the roof structure, get all of the plumbing holes poked in the roof, perhaps install the 3 sky lights, the gutter guy will install our gutters (waiting on down…
  • The Many Benefits of Panelization

    5 Mar 2014 | 5:39 pm
    Panelized construction saves both the owner and the contractor time and money.  Higher quality, efficiency and project control all contribute to these savings.From saving time to controlling costs with guaranteed quotes, higher quality and reduced construction waste, it is not surprising that more and more home builders and their clients are choosing panelized construction.Making Dreams a RealityWith the technology that is currently available and the adaptability of using a panelized system no two panelized homes are ever exactly alike.  Whether you are working with a design…
  • And Construction of the Subfloor of the Brentwood Continues

    17 Feb 2014 | 9:17 pm
    Gradually the basement walls go up for the subfloor.      So caught up now.  Perhaps one more entry before the delivery of March 11th.    
  • Building the Brentwood Starting the Foundation

    17 Feb 2014 | 9:11 pm
    The site is a beautiful location up in the Sonora area.         
  • Building a Brentwood with a Walk Out Basement

    17 Feb 2014 | 9:03 pm
    I have a unique opportunity to share the building of this home from the ground up over a number of posts.  My client is taking a wonderful series of photos and as he builds his new home I will share the photos.This first set is the plans.  From the first day that we met at his site to picking up his permit was ten weeks.Main Floor Plan:  Basement Plan:  Front Elevation:   Rear Elevation:   
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    Pool Fence News | Pool Fencing Blog | Pool Safety Fence Information

  • What does a small pool fence cost to buy?

    2 Apr 2014 | 11:34 am
      It may not feel like it at the moment, but summer is just around the corner. Soon, drivers of open-topped cars will feel the warm sun against their skin, the housing market will pick up and you can stow away your clumsy winter rain gear and kids’ snow suits.   If you own a swimming pool, now is also the time to start thinking about pool safety. If you have children or grandchildren or if you have neighbors that do, a solid fence is a must. Infants and toddlers are naturally attracted to water and have absolutely no fear about splashing around in your unguarded pool when…
  • Removable Fencing For Dogs

    31 Mar 2014 | 3:20 pm
    Fence For Dogs Like millions of other Americans you love your dog and, like millions of other Americans, sometimes Poochie doesn’t always behave perfectly. Often that’s no big problem but when it comes to the safety of your pet matters are a lot more serious, and you want to know that our pets are safe and secure while they run around the backyard, especially if you’ve got a pool. The big problem is that dogs, especially, have strong claws and lots of determination and energy. If your furry friend wants to dig through something they can often find a way through. That’s…
  • How To Clean Pool Fencing

    28 Feb 2014 | 2:10 pm
    Clean Your Pool Fence After the installation of a pool, it is important to have a fence installed around it. This is to prevent children from falling into the water and drown. Of course, with the chemicals from the pool regularly making contact with the fence it is important to follow specific steps in order to maintain the fence in good condition.  Every manufacturer provides slightly different instructions and cleaning tips, as certain materials might rust with certain chemicals and detergents. If you can’t find the instructions, you want to start with a mild kitchen soap and water.
  • A Day In The Life of a Pool Trooper

    21 Jan 2014 | 4:16 pm
    Grime-Fighting, Grueling Work   Another hot day. You leave for work in the morning looking wistfully towards your pool, hoping for a rewarding dip in it after work. It’s discouraging to see floating leaves and murky water instead. You arrive home in the early evening, and voila! All the grime has been zapped, leaving your pool pristine and inviting. You know the Pool Troopers have been at it again. Don’t you just wonder how they did it? The Pool Troopers are a band of hard-working, heroic grime-fighters, designed to enforce and uphold the laws of pool cleanliness that allow every…
  • Winter Pool Protection Tips

    18 Dec 2013 | 12:20 am
    Protecting your pool throughout the winter is very important in maintaining it for as long as possible. In-ground and above-ground pools have different needs when it comes to surviving the winter. The brutal winter weather can do damage to a pool unless you keep the following protection tips in mind.   In-ground Pools If you have an in-ground pool you will need to make sure you have a cover for it for the winter season. Leaving the pool uncovered all winter can damage it in ways you may not be able to repair. A solid pool cover should always be used but you must be aware that it is not…
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    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork Systems » News

  • Construction output shrinks 2.8% in February

    17 Apr 2014 | 8:23 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsExtreme weather took its toll on the construction industry in the first quarter of 2014 as output fell by 2.8%  (£270m) compared with a month earlier, according the Office for National Statistics (ONS). But in the three months to the end of February, construction output grew 0.3% compared with the previous quarter. This means that despite signs of improvement, the construction industry remains 13.2% below its pre recession peak. The ONS said the wettest winter on record had caused delays in building work and that repairs of flood damage had not yet…
  • New Software Could Reduce Scaffolding Prices

    26 Mar 2014 | 7:11 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsNew guidance in the way that scaffolding is designed could slash costs for temporary structures. The latest technical guidance from the National Access & Scaffolding Confederation (NASC) has been hailed as a ‘step change’ that will drive up standards, enhance site safety and dramatically speed up the design process for the most common structures. It also includes a software package that can generate generic designs that automatically comply with European Standards and is a radical departure from the old ways of working. Until now, engineers…
  • Construction Starts on New Liverpool Exhibition Centre

    21 Feb 2014 | 6:50 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsWork has begun on a £40m exhibition centre and a £26m hotel on Liverpool’s historic waterfront, to be known as Exhibition Centre Liverpool (ECL). The development is being constructed in King’s Dock as part of the Liverpool City Council development, and plans to open by the summer of 2015. The complex, including a 216-room four-star hotel, will host national and international conferences, trade and consumer exhibitions and sports events and it’s hoped the project will create around 1,300 jobs. The project has been funded purely from…
  • Brick Shortage Threatens Building Boom

    20 Feb 2014 | 4:03 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsA shortage of bricks in the North West is threatening to stem the recent housing boom in Manchester. The construction sector is growing at its fastest rate in seven years, mainly due to a large number of new home schemes – but building firms say they are struggling to source enough of the essential raw materials to complete the projects. Construction firms are determined not to let the shortage hinder a number of huge schemes which have been credited with bringing the region out of one of its biggest economic downturns in decades. The UK brick…
  • New Generation of Scaffold Fitting Released

    18 Feb 2014 | 2:39 am
    Formwork, Formwork Hire, Formwork SystemsThe next generation of fall prevention fittings known as Elimin8 are now on the market. The new system developed by GKR Scaffolding and Loughton Scaffold Suppliers enables main fittings to be tethered temporarily until they are firmly fixed and secured. GKR have been working on over half of London’s tallest building developments over the past few years, including Western Europe’s tallest tower which is known as The Shard. Managing Director Neil Rowswell explained: “At GKR Safety is an embedded value and we constantly strive for ways to…
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    Constructive Thinking

  • What’s it like building a New York City subway?

    Skanska USA
    18 Apr 2014 | 5:15 am
    In some ways, Skanska’s work expanding New York City’s labyrinth of subways is like most of our other heavy civil assignments across the nation: blasting rock, moving earth and pouring concrete are common tasks everywhere, as is ensuring the unimpeded and safe passage of pedestrians and traffic. But in other ways, working beneath the Big Apple’s streets is an undertaking found few other places. You might not see daylight for your entire shift, and your mobile phone likely won’t have service. Roaming in this different world are tunnel-boring machines, which use their heft – up to…
  • How to conceive healthcare environments in a better way – the Prognos way

    Skanska USA
    16 Apr 2014 | 4:29 am
    Skanska’s Prognos early cost modeling app for healthcare projects – which InformationWeek magazine lauded this month as one of “20 Great Ideas to Steal in 2014” – originated out of frustration two years ago. Back then, Senior Vice President Andrew Quirk thought that designers, builders and owners began planning healthcare projects with too many preconceived ideas – about room sizes, finishes and so on – beyond what’s required by codes and standards. By not starting from a mostly blank sheet of paper, opportunities were being missed to deliver more efficient building programs,…
  • Four ways to enable innovation in construction

    Tony Colonna
    11 Apr 2014 | 5:04 am
    At Skanska, we encourage our employees to continuously innovate for the benefit of our customers and our communities, transforming the way the construction industry approaches problems and solutions. Over the past few years, our employees have come up with ideas that have changed the way we manage and deliver projects, especially in the areas of prefabrication, BIM and through the use of mobile apps. How have we fostered such innovation? Here are four principle ideas we follow: 1. Provide tangible support In any industry, it’s tough to break away from “the way things have always been…
  • How patient-centered medical homes can help both healthcare providers and patients

    Andrew Quirk
    8 Apr 2014 | 5:26 am
    Beyond reducing the number of uninsured Americans, the Affordable Care Act is driving new types of healthcare facilities, especially patient-centered medical homes. PCMHs are spaces that support a team-based approach to patient care, with physicians, nurse practitioners and some specialists operating under one roof – a one-stop shop for patients. Through this collaborative approach, PCMHs enable better patient care and improve the efficiency of delivery. But where might a PCMH work from a real estate perspective? And how might such an environment enhance the medical care being delivered…
  • At Florida Polytechnic University, building under the spotlight

    Skanska USA
    4 Apr 2014 | 4:47 am
    Many have built designs by noted architect Santiago Calatrava, but few – if any – have delivered these highly complex structures within the clients’ budget and schedule goals, and through a smooth construction process. After all, if a starchitect designs the building, won’t the project be so complex that it’s destined to be late and over budget. Skanska is proving that notion wrong as we near completion of the 160,000-square-foot Innovation, Science and Technology Building in central Florida, the centerpiece of a new campus for Florida Polytechnic University. Projects don’t get…
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    Vancouver General Contractors

  • How to Beautifully Display Collections

    1 Apr 2014 | 11:17 am
    While browsing through some lovely home design blogs as we always do on the weekends, we stumbled upon A Beautiful Mess, run by bloggers and home style gurus Elsie Larson and Emma Chapman. We particularly liked a post made by one of their contributors, Rubyellen Bratcher, on some simple tricks for displaying collections. We believe that beautifully displayed collections can do wonders for making a room look more interesting and personal, so we were very excited when we read Rubyellen’s nifty ideas. So excited, in fact, that we had to share them with you! via A Beautiful Mess One of the…
  • Pinterest Picks of the Day – March 21st, 2014 – VGC

    Fares Elsabbagh
    21 Mar 2014 | 6:50 pm
    If you’re checking out our blog, it’s likely that you’re already a big fan of home design. That means that, like us, you probably spend quite a bit of time checking out all of the fantastic home decor images that run through Pinterest. Nowadays, it’s one of the best sites for quickly discovering beautiful interior ideas and examples. We love that it makes home design so accessible for people, and want to share some of our favorite pins with you! In this post, we’ll keep the focus on some of our top picks for bedroom pins. We certainly hope that these selections inspire you to…
  • Too-Cool Textiles: Ikea Canada

    Fares Elsabbagh
    12 Mar 2014 | 7:01 pm
    When you’re looking for an affordable yet supremely stylish way to decorate your home, you can never go wrong with the options Ikea Canada offers. Our interior design department is a big fan of all their products, especially their textiles. Adding textiles to any room is a great way to amp up the color, texture, and overall style, without having to worry about delicate decorative pieces. A few plush cushions, soft throw blankets, and a large rug are all you really need to give a space a mini-makeover. Textiles are fun and functional, and just about nobody does them better than Ikea! Ikea…
  • The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly – VGC Pt. 1 – Comparing Kitchens

    Fares Elsabbagh
    9 Mar 2014 | 11:42 am
    Well hello there! You’re reading the first post of our new series: The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly. In each installment, we’ll be going over some examples of good design, bad design, and topping it all off with some of the pugliest pugs you’ve ever seen. Because what goes better together than home design and pugs? If you’re as big a fan of interior design as we are, chances are you know of House Beautiful. We love stopping by their site to check out the latest of their great design tips and tricks. Our interior design team especially likes how easy House Beautiful makes it for…
  • Amazing Renovations: Before and After

    Fares Elsabbagh
    28 Feb 2014 | 11:27 am
    We’re specialists in home renovations, so there’s nothing that gets us more excited than seeing renovations that are pulled off with spectacular results. Architectural Digest recently featured some of their most dramatic renovation photos, and we are stunned. The before and afters are so powerful that it’s hard to believe the rooms are the same. Keep scrolling to find out just what we mean!   Hudson River Garden Room Architectural Digest Architectural Digest Before, this garden room was overbearing. The strong yellow pigment on the windows made the space feel tense. After…
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  • 1st Quarter 2014 Construction Data Index

    Kendall Jones
    15 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The responses for our 1st Quarter Construction Data Index (CDI) are in and future outlook for the commercial construction industry is at an all-time high as we move forward in 2014 and the construction season shifts into high gear. Despite having to deal with winter storm after winter storm that lasted all through the first [...]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of April 7 – 11, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    14 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 7 – 11, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are selected from the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Connecticut Office Building Renovation Location: Waterbury, [...]
  • OSHA Updates Electric Power Transmission & Distribution For Construction Standard

    Kendall Jones
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register today updating their standard on the construction of electric power distribution transmission and distribution lines and equipment (29 CFR part 1926, subpart V) as well as adopting a new standard on electrical protective equipment (29 CFR 1926.97) which applies to [...]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of March 31 – April 4, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    8 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of March 31 – April 4, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are selected from the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Connecticut Hartford Magnet Trinity College [...]
  • National Work Zone Awareness Week – April 7 – 11, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    7 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Today is the start of the 15th annual National Work Zone Awareness Week which was started to increase public awareness about work zone safety and is held each April at the start of the highway construction season. This year’s kickoff event is being held on April 8, 2014 at the State Route 99 Alaskan Way [...]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • Ignoring These 5 Areas Can Sidetrack Your Safety Program (Duane Craig)
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    By Richard Saint (Regulations cited in this article apply particularly to construction in the UK.) The standardisation of health and safety precautions is one of the biggest changes to hit working environments in recent times. While this is welcomed news, it doesn’t mean these new regulations are universally followed. Health and safety is crucial within […]Related Posts:Unnecessary and Deficient Safety Records Can Encourage Special OSHA AttentionUsing Tech to Deliver SafetyThe Sweet Spot in the BidsWellness Programs Offer Salvation From Creeping Health Care PremiumsUpdate: Wellness…
  • Construction to Follow Same Disability Reporting Rules as Everyone Else on Federal Projects (Duane Craig)
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    When contractors and subcontractors working on federal construction projects do their next annual Affirmative Action Reviews they will need to track disability status on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs form that applies. These firms will also have to ask applicants, new hires and their employees to let them know if they have disabilities […]Related Posts:Fleet Managers Bullish on Enforcing Cell Phone Use RestrictionsPerspectives on the Construction Economic Reporting NumbersCommercial Sector Finds Crystal Ball in ABINonresidential Construction Backlog Drops, Signaling…
  • A Perfect Storm of Encouraging Construction Economic News (Duane Craig)
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    There is a perfect storm of good news brewing for construction and it stands in stark contrast to the perfect storm of bad news from 2008. FMI, a provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry, predicted 18% growth in single-family residential and 27% growth in multifamily. The firm expects […]Related Posts:Are We Getting A Glimpse of a Home Building Recovery?Green Roof Proves Its ValueGlobal Construction News: Algeria, South Korea and TanzaniaEmbracing The Good News ConspiracyBuilders Too Have Their Bailout Dreams
  • Sustainability of Steel in Development and Construction (Duane Craig)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    The steel industry continues making inroads in advancing sustainable construction and because of its high strength-to-weight ratio steel is being used on more and more projects. Today there are even steel buildings with low to zero carbon ratings. It’s the efficiency of steel as a resource that lends to its credibility as a sustainable product. […]Related Posts:Steel Framing Gets PanelizedStunning Commercial Properties Showcase SustainabilityUntangling Those Fall Arrest Harness LinesNew Elevator Hoisting Technology Takes Tall Buildings to the Next LevelA Tale of Border Fences and…
  • Trends in Photovoltaic Roofing (Duane Craig)
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Eric Kirberg Current market trends show the roofing industry is staying up-to-date with green technology. One such technology is photovoltaic roofing. It is as appealing to home owners as it is to larger commercial businesses for its environmental and economic benefits. When photovoltaic (PV) roofing debuted on the commercial market in 2005, adoption was slow […]Related Posts:Roofing Study Due This Quarter Identifies Growth OpportunitiesKirberg’s Helios Monitor Delivers PV Output Data in Real TimeConstruction Materials Up in Q4 2011, But Moderating in 2012Cool Roofs Actually…
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    123 Remodeling

  • Home Remodeling Projects That Will Increase Your ROI

    123 Remodeling
    17 Apr 2014 | 9:03 am
    The home remodeling industry is expected to be strong through mid-2014 with double digit growth, projects the Joint Center for Housing Studies of Harvard University, in part due to increased consumer confidence. Home improvements should add both present enjoyment and future return on investment when you go to sell your home. Try these 6 upgrades: Basement remodel: On average, a basement remodel costs $62,834 and returns $48,777 77.6 percent in resale value. This makes a very good return on your investment for a room that can be used in a variety of ways, some of them fun. A basement remodel…
  • Studio Condominium Remodel in River North, Downtown Chicago

    Hiral Patel
    11 Apr 2014 | 8:50 am
    One major challenge of remodeling a condominium, especially a studio is making a small, generic space mirror your style and personality. When it comes to remodeling a condo, the process can be even more difficult since it is typically a small space with fixtures that aren’t easily moved. However, if you want to update your condominium and improve the overall condo’s value, there are several ways to give it new life despite the challenges and the condominium association restrictions. It just requires careful planning and a little creativity. Before making any changes to your…
  • Complete Home Interior Renovation Project in Oak Park, IL

    Hiral Patel
    10 Apr 2014 | 11:08 am
    We’ve done it again. Chicago Remodeling company 123 Remodeling have taken an old outdated interior of this 2 story home and created a dream home on minimal budget. The home features 3 bedrooms, 1 Master Bathroom. There’s even a newly finished basement with a guest bathroom, shower, and utility room. The project took approx. 90 days to complete, which may seem longer than normal however the basement was completely finished. Project Scope: This project was a complete home remodel. The final project has a newly renovated modern kitchen, master bathroom, flooring throughout,…
  • Choosing the Right Remodeling Materials for Your Home

    123 Remodeling
    9 Apr 2014 | 7:59 am
    You’ve been saving for a big remodeling project, and this is the year to make it happen. Get the most out of your money and time by using the best materials for the work. Don’t just rely on the contractor’s recommendations—do your own research, and you’ll be happier with the outcome. Get started with these tips about the various materials used in some popular remodeling projects: NO OBLIGATION HOME REMEDOLING – GET STARTED TODAY! In the Kitchen After a few years of use, kitchen countertops can become scratched, gouged and stained. Replacing your work surfaces…
  • Tile flooring ideas for a Modern Contemporary Design

    Hiral Patel
    5 Mar 2014 | 2:33 pm
    Bilbao Collection Bilbao is a full through body porcelain tile, engineered for specifically for the floors, providing a natural wood finish look. Available in 2 color options and with each tile in a size that provides a larger coverage per piece. A great solution for common areas like hallways, foyer or the living room. Cedrik The Cedrik collection is another tile option which is also a through body porcelain, Available in 2 natural earthtone grays and a wood finish which makes it an ideal solution for any commercial application due to its durability and finish. Copperstone Copperstone is a…
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  • Go Green With Xeriscaping

    20 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
        Xeri-what? In the gardening world, xeriscaping is one of the best ways to conserve water. The root word, xeric, means that something (like a plant) requires very little water–not that you can make a photocopy of it. While the concept of xeriscaping is very popular in dry areas of the west and southwest United States, it is a fairly new idea for Middle Tennesseans. However, with drought becoming more common as climate change affects the planet, wise homeowners will learn to conserve water using the core principles of xeriscaping.   Benefits of Xeriscaping First,…
  • Turning Your Home into a Gothic Castle

    5 Apr 2014 | 9:47 pm
        In the Middle Ages, gothic architecture was the primary design for public buildings. An evolution from the classic Roman style, Gothic architecture featured high pointed archways, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses. Although we tend to connect this style of architecture with cathedrals, it was also used for town halls, castles, universities, and private homes. That’s right–you can include gothic features in your home, just like our European ancestors.   A Man’s Home is His Castle Although most gothic style architecture in Tennessee is relegated to…
  • Bring The Great Outdoors In

    28 Feb 2014 | 8:54 am
        From patios, walkways and outdoor kitchens, natural stone is the obvious choice for outdoor living spaces. However, stone can also provide an unexpectedly beautiful look indoors as well. Indoor stone features on the floor, fireplace, or in the bathroom can take a home from cookie cutter to custom creation. Best of all, since stone is the most durable of building materials, you will enjoy the fruits of your labors for years to come.   Stone Fireplaces  Chilly nights and winter winds call for snuggling in front of a roaring fire. Just as a blaze will add warmth to the air,…
  • Series #2 – Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Outdoor Kitchens

    12 Feb 2014 | 10:15 pm
        Recently, we launched our series on Creating Your Outdoor Living Space with a post on designing your perfect patio. Today’s discussion is for homeowners with a taste for something extra special. Outdoor kitchens are the ultimate in outdoor living, and are a great way to entertain guests and bring the family together for a meal.   Cook Up A Plan As HGTV Remodels points out in their extensive planning guide, you’ll need to start by evaluating what type of kitchen works best for your lifestyle and your yard. Perhaps you have been drooling over online photos of high-end…
  • Series #1 – Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Perfect Patios

    15 Jan 2014 | 8:59 pm
        In our recent post, Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: An Introduction To Your Dream Yard, we briefly touched on six different outdoor living areas and features that make excellent additions to undeveloped backyards. Today, in our first follow-up, we shine the spotlight on creating and decorating perfect patios. So, grab a cup of coffee, head outside and curl up in an Adirondack chair and envision your new patio.   Create a Plan It’s easy to get excited about enjoying your new patio, and even the building phase can be fun. But, the planning stage is crucial to getting…
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  • Home Construction Loans (Part 2 – Terms for Construction Loans)

    Steve Sanders at
    30 Mar 2014 | 10:39 am
    Home construction loans help you finance your new home from the ground up. This page describes the typical Terms for Home Construction Loans, and is the second part of our article that will help you understand all about construction loans and how they work. [Click here for Part 1 of this Article on Home Construction Loans]  << Previous Page Terms for New Home Construction Loans In addition to construction budgets, draw schedules, converting loans and some of the other unique aspects of construction loans we’ve described, continue reading to learn about how construction loans work…
  • Construction Loans: Financing Your New Home from the Ground Up

    Steve Sanders at
    29 Mar 2014 | 7:05 pm
    Home construction loans help you get from a vacant lot…into your dream home. So if you’re dreaming of building a new house from the ground up, you first need to understand construction loans. Home construction loans are not like most loans and in this article we describe how they work, typical loan terms and how these loans are different from other real estate loans. Also read our other articles in this series on real estate loans for buying land and building homes: Learn about lot loans, land loans and construction loans so you can decide what type you need. Not quite ready to build?
  • Why Do Banks Treat Lot And Land Loans Differently?

    Steve Sanders at
    28 Feb 2014 | 9:40 am
    From a borrower’s perspective, it often is more difficult to get lot and land loans than it is for the same borrower to get a loan for buying a built home. Understanding the bank’s perspective can help explain some of the reasons why lot loans and land loans are treated differently by banks. In the first article in this series we discussed how your own personal situation and needs can help you decide whether you should seek a construction loan, lot loan or land loan for buying a homesite and building a new home. In other related articles we explained how Home Construction Loans have their…
  • Land & Lot Loans: The Dirt on Financing Your Property Purchase

    Steve Sanders at
    27 Feb 2014 | 4:11 pm
    In our first article in this series we help you decide between loan types, and whether your situation means you need a construction loan, lot loan or land loan for financing a lot purchase and building a new home. We’ve also described the details about home construction loans and their unique terms and procedures. This article gives you some more information about the particulars of Land and Lot Loans It’s safe to say that loans for vacant land are different than “purchase money loans” for buying already-built homes, and there are a number of reasons whybanks treat land and…
  • Construction, Lot & Land Loans: What Type of Loan Do You Need?

    Steve Sanders at
    11 Feb 2014 | 7:21 am
    Buying land and building a new home can be an exciting experience, and if you plan to get financing you need to understand your options related to lot loans, land loans and construction loans. What kind of loan is right for you? Even though it may seem obvious, this question does not always have a clear answer and the subject often is misunderstood by potential borrowers. It’s important to understand that these loans have unique characteristics and the lending options that are available for you will depend on factors like your personal situation, the type of property you are buying, your…
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    Norbord - North American Products Blog

  • Raised Heel Trusses Improve Energy Efficiency While Reducing Costs

    16 Apr 2014 | 7:17 am
    Stringent new building codes require improved efficiency of building envelopes through better insulation. While more expensive insulation methods, like spray foam, may have greater R-values, it is possible to meet the required high R-values using less expensive fiberglass or cellulose insulation with a raised heel truss. Traditional problems with conventional rafters or trusses While batt or blown insulation does provide an excellent R-value, construction professionals have been limited by the depth of the wall top plates on traditional rafters or trusses. Here the small space between the…
  • OSB Over Board Subflooring as Carpet Substrate?

    15 Apr 2014 | 7:09 am
    Question In a renovation of an old home can I use 7/16-inch OSB sub-flooring panels over 1-inch rough pine boards for carpet underlayment? Answer Yes, you can use OSB, as long as you leave a 1/8” space between panels to allow for adjustments to changing moisture conditions. Ensure that the diagonal board subflooring screwed down to prevent squeaks. Sand any uneven joints or areas and then apply a PL400 sub-floor adhesive to the OSB and screw it to the subflooring. Install the carpet and enjoy!Be sure to check our other news and helpful tips at the official Norbord Blog.
  • Inspiring a Good Work Ethic in your Construction Team

    10 Apr 2014 | 12:43 pm
    The construction industry is competitive and in order to get ahead, you must consistently deliver quality in the shortest amount of time and at the lowest possible cost. Your most important asset is your team, but many managers have difficulty finding the right people. If you are experiencing a high employee turnover or have trouble finding the right employees, there are ways in which to create a culture of teamwork and support that cultivate a good work ethic. A little appreciation goes a long way One of the key components to creating a positive work environment is to reward a job well done.
  • Materials play Critical Role in Dance-floor Design

    9 Apr 2014 | 9:48 am
    David Sukonick is one of the leading designers and builders of wooden floors for performers with over 300 professional dance floors under his belt. David has undertaken many unique designs and specializes in the sprung sub floor. Says David of his unusual choice in construction design: “It is definitely an unusual field and to my knowledge I may be the only person that specializes solely in the design and installation of custom dance floors.” David Sukonick comes to the profession with a unique perspective. With over 30 years’ experience as a professional dancer, he has an unparalleled…
  • Proper Panel Spacing Can Save Time and Money

    8 Apr 2014 | 7:14 am
    “It’s Cheaper to fix issues in the beginning of any process than at the end” When structural panels are not spaced properly and moisture conditions change some problems can arise. Construction companies have been dealing with the issue of panel expansion for years and they should take the time to educate the installers in easy steps to prevent or reduce future issues. Space the panels using a nail as a space guide. It’s easy, fast and the panels are sized to allow for that 1/8” spacing. Of course every effort should be made to avoid the subflooring panels wet, but the reality is,…
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