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  • 6 strategies for better internal communication

    NRCA SmartBrief
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:52 am
    Companies have many ways to improve internal communication, including video simulcasts, team lunches and internal newsletters -More- 
  • 8 Newest Trends in Home Design

    Norbord - North American Products Blog
    20 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Modern home design is a dynamic entity that needs to grow and change with the market needs. Any builder who is building the same homes they did ten years ago will steadily be reducing the pool from which they can draw new clients. Of course the biggest influencer on the modern home is energy savings, but there are other trends to note as well. Livability is still the most important factor in home design choice and the role that technology plays is also increasing. Outdoor spaces In a move away from the public backyard where neighbors shared conversation over summer barbeques and the children…
  • Plan for NYC towers abandoned by JPMorgan

    AGC SmartBrief
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:44 am
    JPMorgan Chase has abandoned a proposal to construct a $6.5 billion headquarters complex including two office towers on New Y -More- 
  • Save Time and Hassle with Gas Hydraulic Spray Equipment

    Intech Equipment & Supply
    Jake Jacobson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Gas hydraulic spray equipment can be the perfect solution for contractors who are seeking a tool that will help them complete big jobs in less time, with fewer interruptions and less downtime. This type of equipment is intended to provide an easy and convenient way to apply elastomeric coatings or other sprayed materials quickly and efficiently. Perfectly suited for high-volume situations, the quick knock down connect pump lower design also allows you to remove and replace the pump in seconds, so you can keep the job moving without much downtime. These machines are designed to be…
  • Top 10 OSHA Standards Cited For The Construction Industry
    Kendall Jones
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve compiled our Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry for the 2014 fiscal year. OSHA publishes their own list each year, but it covers all standard violations cited for all industries. Our list is based on all standards cited by Federal OSHA using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for the […]
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  • Special microscope captures defects in nanotubes

    21 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Chemists have devised a way to see the internal structures of electronic waves trapped in carbon nanotubes by external electrostatic charges. Carbon nanotubes have been touted as exceptional materials with unique properties that allow for extremely efficient charge and energy transport, with the potential to open the way for new, more efficient types of electronic and photovoltaic devices. However, these traps, or defects, in ultra-thin nanotubes can compromise their effectiveness.
  • Long-span construction: Ultra light-weight cloud arch architectural technology for sustainable construction

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:40 am
    First-of-its-kind, light-as-cloud architectural technology boasts lower setup cost and time, and is set to revolutionize long-span architecture and construction.
  • How to make stronger, 'greener' cement: New formula could cut greenhouse-gas emissions

    25 Sep 2014 | 11:12 am
    Concrete is the world's most-used construction material, and a leading contributor to global warming, producing as much as one-tenth of industry-generated greenhouse-gas emissions. Now a new study suggests a way in which those emissions could be reduced by more than half -- and the result would be a stronger, more durable material.
  • New computer model to aid greener, leaner aircraft design

    23 Sep 2014 | 5:59 am
    A computer model that accurately predicts how composite materials behave when damaged will make it easier to design lighter, more fuel-efficient aircraft.
  • The future face of molecular electronics

    16 Sep 2014 | 8:17 am
    The emerging field of molecular electronics could take our definition of portable to the next level, enabling the construction of tiny circuits from molecular components. In these highly efficient devices, individual molecules would take on the roles currently played by comparatively bulky wires, resistors and transistors. A team of researchers has identified a potential candidate for use in small-scale electronics: a molecule called picene.
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Benchtop Nanocoating Machine features fully automated design.

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    By depositing invisible amorphous carbon polymer coating onto high-value electronic devices, Nebula II protects against accidental water exposure, corrosion, and humidity. System requires no operator intervention, can coat up to 20 mobile devices every 90 minutes, and optimizes uniformity of each batch coating through automation. Available in Standard or Junior sizes, Nebula II features 7 in. LCD touchscreen which controls process time and pressure levels automatically. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsBench Top Coating Machinery | Electronic Coatings |
  • Powder Coating offers alternative to chrome plating.

    10 Oct 2014 | 5:33 am
    Combining chrome-like finish with performance of 2-coat powder coating, Interpon Cr is suitable for applications such as furniture, lighting, and other interior fixtures. Highly reflective base coat layer with clear top coat also offers resistance to finger marking. Other features include corrosion protection, stain resistance, and low environmental impact compared to chrome plating. This story is related to the following:Powder Coatings
  • Water-Based Anti-fouling Paint withstands marine environment.

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:31 am
    With no strong solvent smell and low VOC release, Neptune 5 Hybrid Paint Film is suited to environmentally conscious boat yards and marinas. Product self-polishes similar to seasonal ablative and can be applied over all other bottom paints. Available in black, blue, green, and red, paint requires no respirator or sanding between coats and can be cleaned up with soap and water. This story is related to the following:Green & CleanSearch for suppliers of: Anti-Fouling Paints |
  • High-Temperature White Coating suits applications to 1,500°F.

    19 Sep 2014 | 5:31 am
    Consisting of single-part, waterborne, inorganic coating, Ceramacoat™ 845-WHT bonds well to glass and quartz components in applications to 1,500°F. Odorless product is formulated to viscosity range of 400–700 cP with solids content of 41.3% by weight and 22.9% by volume, and density of 1.80–1.85 g/cc. Applied by dipping or pneumatic spray equipment, coating has typical dry film thickness of less than 0.001 in. After curing, film is abrasion and moisture resistant, with no...This story is related to the following:Water Borne Coatings |
  • Zink Flake Basecoat and Topcoat features PS-11036 approval.

    18 Sep 2014 | 5:32 am
    According to approval to PS-11036 from Chrysler, DELTA-PROTEKT® KL 105 with VH 301.1 GZ meets/exceeds requirements for corrosion performance, gauging, and consistent torque versus tension performance on threaded fasteners. This zinc flake basecoat plus topcoat, providing corrosion protection and consistent assembly torque, is free of harmful heavy metals, such as Cr-(VI), and conforms to EU guidelines relating to 2000/53/EC, REACH, and 2002/95/EC. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Topcoat Coatings | Automotive Component…
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  • Out from Under the Table

    9 Oct 2014 | 9:16 am
    Bobbie Ousley and his wife woke up one day in 2002 to a pool of water—water so high it kissed their knees. Panicked, Ousley immediately rushed to his studio, which housed five sewing machines, fabric, thread, and every other tool one would find in a tailor’s studio. “My first thought was going in there and trying to get my cloths up off the racks, and to put them up to higher places,” he says. He was too late. The storm left his fabric and thread soaked and unsalvagable and three sewing machines were beyond repair. As he tossed out his supplies, Ousley was reminded of one thing owners…
  • Interview: Senator Mel Martinez and Mayor Henry Cisneros

    3 Oct 2014 | 12:53 pm
    At the Bipartisan Policy Center’s Housing Summit on September 15 and 16, five former secretaries of the Department of Housing and Urban Development joined a panel discussing their time at HUD. Right after the panel, Shelterforce editor Miriam Axel-Lute and publisher Harold Simon sat down for further conversation with two of them—Mel Martinez, who was HUD secretary under President Bush from 2001 to 2004 and went on to serve a partial term as a senator from Florida, and Henry Cisneros, a former mayor of San Antonio who was HUD secretary under President Clinton from 1993 to 1997. Martinez…
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    2 Oct 2014 | 11:29 am
  • Placemaking for, and by, Whom?

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Well-written and attractively designed, the study makes a strong case for the incorporation of inspired urban design within broader revitalization efforts in economically challenged cities. Citing the positive effects high-quality public spaces have on the quality of urban life, neighborhood stability, social capital, economic vitality, public safety, and community identity, the report strongly encourages urban planners and policy makers to work with local stakeholders to turn abandoned and underutilized public spaces into public spaces that residents can use, value, and commit to…
  • All Grown Up—And Still Fighting

    2 Oct 2014 | 9:58 am
    Before watching Gaining Ground, the documentary about the organizing efforts of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative, my image of what’s told to kids in low-income areas went something like this: “Get good grades, get out.” Gaining Ground is the sequel to Holding Ground, a film shot 10 years earlier capturing the unique success of the Dudley Street Neighborhood Initiative and its community work in the Roxbury/Dorchester area of Boston. DSNI is an organizing group first and foremost. In the face of widespread abandonment and arson in the 1980s, DSNI fought for, and won, the right of…
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  • Improving Profit Margins in AEC: Visibility, Risk-Mitigation, and Project Management

    23 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    Based on Aberdeen's survey of Architectural, Engineering, and Construction (AEC) companies, this report will show how successful AEC companies manage information, resources, and risk, and look at how successful AEC companies are connecting all of the right people to the right information so that informed and timely decisions can be made.Report Highlights:Visibility across multiple projects is a major challenge that ties directly into managing risk and profitability across those projects.Success is all about getting the information to people who can use it.Everything starts with getting the…
  • Portable Plants & Equipment

    9 Oct 2014 | 2:50 pm
    Throughout the year, our editorial content will cover topics such as crushers, shredders, grinders and chippers. We'll spotlight the latest portable plants in these areas and share success stories from the field. In addition, readers can expect content spotlighting safety as well as covering the latest mobile equipment and attachments.And you don't want to miss our annual Buyers' Guide which includes supplier listings. Screening plants and conveyors will also be highlighted.Request Free!
  • Construction Project Safety - Complimentary Excerpt

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    This introduction to construction safety for construction management personnel takes a project-based approach to present potential hazards in construction and their mitigation or prevention. After introducing Accident Prevention Programs and OSHA compliance requirements, the book integrates safety instruction into the building process by following a building project from site construction through interior finish. Reinforcing this applied approach are photographs, drawings, contract documentation, and an online 3D BIM model to help visualize the onsite scenarios.Request Free!
  • Complete Book of Framing: An Illustrated Guide for Residential Construction, 2nd Edition - Complimentary Excerpt

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    Complete Book of Framing, Second Edition is an updated, easy-to-learn guide to rough carpentry and framing written by an expert with more than thirty years of framing experience. This book guides the reader through the steps on framing floors, walls, roofs, door and window openings, and stairs. Hundreds of color photographs and illustrations help the reader understand the basics as well as advanced framing methods. This Second Edition is updated to match the framing techniques to the 2009 International Building Code, and introduces the concept of "green framing" regarding material…
  • BIM and Construction Management: Proven Tools, Methods, and Workflows, 2nd Edition - Complimentary Excerpt

    10 Sep 2014 | 4:20 pm
    BIM and Construction Management, Second Edition is a complete integration guide, featuring practical advice, project tested methods and workflows, and tutorials for implementing Building Information Modeling and technology in construction. Updated to align with the latest software editions from Autodesk, Trimble and Bentley, this book provides a common sense approach to leveraging BIM to provide significant value throughout a project's life cycle. This book outlines a results-focused approach which shows you how to incorporate BIM and other technologies into all phases of construction…
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    Auburnrefinishing » Blog

  • Rubio Monocoat ice brown refinish

    Scott Avery
    18 Oct 2014 | 12:50 pm
    We recently refinished a strip oak rift and quartered red oak floor with Rubio Monocoat. The flooring manufacturer was Oak crest and the boards were 2 1/4 wide”. This house was located in Loomis California. The owner had two dogs that frequently swim in a pool and come in and out by the slider. After discussing traditional finishing options they elected to go with a hardwax oil. They elected for this option because they wanted to see fewer scratches and are prepared to do a refreshing of the finish every year or two as needed. Rubio has a really low sheen so it does not show scratches…
  • Bona Polish messes up hardwood floors. Do not use it ever!

    Scott Avery
    14 Oct 2014 | 9:09 pm
    Let me blunt for anyone reading this post… Bona is a floor finish company in my industry that is the equivalent of Lumber Liquidators.They are both purely smoke and mirrors and offer mediocre products at best. Both companies market and advertise like crazy to create market share and brand identity. That is why you likely have heard these two names no matter how little you know about the wood flooring industry. The REAL trouble with Bona as a company is that they count on you to trust that they always have your best interest in mind instead of being a savvy consumer.
  • Dura Seal Provincial Red Oak Refinish

    Scott Avery
    21 Aug 2014 | 1:31 pm
    We just completed a refinishing project for our client in Meadow Vista, California. She is doing a remodel and requested a color that would compliment the copper sink and copper colored veining in her granite counter tops. The kitchen cabinets were knotty alder. What finish was used: Stain color – Dura Seal Provincial Sealer – Glitsa Green Label Floor Sealer Top Coat – Glitsa Multikote satin finish. If you are looking through this page, there is something very important to know in order to achieve this exact color. You will need to use either a conversion varnish sealer or…
  • How many times can you sand a wood floor?

    Scott Avery
    27 Jul 2014 | 5:38 pm
    This is a very common question I have heard over the years, “How many times can you sand my wood floor?” There are a number of variables that we can talk about for a little bit that should help you. 1) What type of flooring is in your home? Wood flooring is milled in a variety of thicknesses. In order to make sure we just level the discussion between engineered flooring and solid wood flooring, the area that is capable of being sanded is the wear-layer. The wear layer for solid flooring tends to average about 5/16″ thickness. For engineered flooring, this can vary to as…
  • Lagler Dustless Refinishing Equipment

    Scott Avery
    26 Jul 2014 | 9:51 am
    This video discusses our equipment that we use to refinish hardwood floors. Enjoy and feel free to contact us if you have questions.
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  • Why Twitter Rocks

    30 Oct 2014 | 4:17 am
    Twitter is a wonderful place for businesses to connect with customers and prospective clients. With millions of people checking in multiple times each day, Twitter provides companies with a useful tool for creating a relationship with customers. When you coordinate your Twitter posts with your blog articles and other company communications, your followers will share and bring your company name to the attention of thousands more people. Relationships Twitter rocks because it allows you to build a relationship with your customers that is not possible in the same way anywhere else. Twitter is an…
  • Email Marketing 101 For Contractors

    27 Oct 2014 | 6:01 am
    Email marketing is an amazing tool for businesses of any size. While time and energy must be put into creating a good customer database, email marketing has a huge advantage over traditional mail. It is cost effective. As opposed to physical mailings that can cost a dollar each just to mail, an email marketing campaign can include a gorgeous, full-color flyer for no greater expense than the creation of the file. Are home improvement contractors taking advantage of this marketing opportunity? Often, they are not. Getting Started With Email Marketing The first step to setting up a contractor…
  • Contractor Website Help: What Exactly is a Responsive Website?

    24 Oct 2014 | 4:32 am
    I was asked this very question this week, so I thought if one person still needed to know, there were more. If you don’t feel like cruising the infographic, I can answer the question for you this way. In the past you had a website that looked fine on laptops and desktop computers, but looked terrible on a tablet or phone. To keep readers happy on phones and tablets, you had what’s called a mobile site. This is as separate, stand-alone, very friggin’ expensive website that was automatically to served readers when browsing on their phones. A responsive site is a site that…
  • Blogging For Contractors: How to Blog If You’re Not a Writer

    23 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    The statistics on the value of including a blog on your business website are clear. Gain new customers, increase sales, and enjoy free advertising through social media by writing and maintaining a blog that gives potential customers information that they are looking for. Website traffic increases exponentially. What keeps you from beginning your blog, even when you have heard about the possible advantages to your company? Writing is really not that easy. Take heart, you need not be an expert writer to develop a blog that will bring traffic to your site and build customer loyalty through…
  • Why “I Found You Online” Just Doesn’t Cut It

    Gina S.
    21 Oct 2014 | 6:41 am
    Whenever a new customer contacts your business, one of the first questions you should be asking them is, “How did you hear about us?” Often times, their response will be, “I found you online.” Now, you may feel satisfied with that answer and stop questioning the customer right then and there. You know that somehow, some way, this person tracked you down and chose to contact you instead of your competitors. However, from a marketing perspective, you should not be satisfied with this response because “I found you online” doesn’t actually tell you…
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Innovation: Diagnose Before You Prescribe!

    Dace Campbell
    28 Oct 2014 | 10:01 am
    I recently had the pleasure of participating in the AEC Hackathon in Seattle, as well as attending the recent BIMForum in Dallas. At both Autodesk-sponsored events, I was inspired by the sheer amount of creativity and enthusiasm exuded by AEC professionals and software developers, looking to push BIM – and our industry – further ahead into the future with new tools and processes. Some tools drew a fair amount of excitement. In particular, drones and 3-D printing continue to ride a wave of hype, joined by a resurging interest in Virtual Reality (VR) and Augmented Reality (AR) technologies,…
  • Construction Layout with BIM 360 Has Arrived!

    Paul Walker
    12 Oct 2014 | 7:51 pm
    Just announced on stage at the Dallas BIMforum, Autodesk BIM 360 Glue receives a major new feature bump and stand-alone iOS app. Yes, today we are happy to announce the launch of the BIM 360 Layout app and the companion layout functionality within BIM 360 Glue! The new BIM 360 Layout app for iOS takes advantage of a recent partnership with the folks at Topcon and their LN-100 Robotic Instrument for laser-based positioning on the job site. By connecting to the iPad, the LN-100 offers a purpose-built hardware solution perfectly tailored to the demands of General Contractors and MEP contractors…
  • On-demand webinar "How to Use Cloud Rendering in Navisworks"

    Thomas Schwaiger
    26 Sep 2014 | 12:49 am
    We recently invited you all to this webinar where we showed you how to create stunning renders from Navisworks using A360 cloud rendering. Don't worry if you couldn't make it - we've recorded and made it available here. Sit back, learn and go render!
  • Free Webinar: How to Use Cloud Rendering in Navisworks

    Thomas Schwaiger
    3 Sep 2014 | 1:21 am
    Wednesday September 24th at 10am PST/1pm EST. Register here. Join me (Thomas Schwaiger) for a webinar on using Navisworks Simulate and Manage with Autodesk A360 Cloud Rendering. You will learn about streamlined workflows for creating renders for your whole-project model. This session will teach you how to: Quickly create stunning renders of your multi-disciplinary models Employ easy-to-use render settings including geographic location Make use of improved consistent material support Register for this FREE webinar here. See below for some examples of renderings from Rendering Pro of the week.
  • Autodesk® Exchange Apps Hackathon September 20-21

    Lee Mullin
    31 Aug 2014 | 7:33 am
    You may have noticed in the top right corner of most of your Autodesk applications a little X, ever tried clicking it? It'll take you through to the Autodesk Exchange App Store for your product, this year we launched our Navisworks App Store, where developers from all over the world can upload their apps and make them available to the world. For example currently on the newly released Navisworks 2015 App Exchange there are free apps like Properties+ to summarise which properties you see in your view, a PDF reader for Navisworks, allowing you to add many more drawings to your…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • Can’t get to GIE? Download Mark Bradley’s Presentation

    22 Oct 2014 | 9:13 am
    How to Get Jobs Done on Time, on Budget October 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network With all the focus on time studies, site measurement, and dialing in your estimates, many companies have lost focus on what really counts when it comes to profit: finishing your jobs on time and on budget. Every hour/day over budget is not just increased costs, but it’s also hours and days of lost capacity for more sales. Join Mark as he explains the simple secrets to his landscape company’s industry-leading productivity numbers and how…
  • GIE Tradeshow Speech – How to Get Jobs Done on Time, on Budget [Mark Bradley]

    21 Oct 2014 | 11:02 am
    How to Get Jobs Done on Time, on Budget October 22 @ 9:30 am – 11:30 am Mark Bradley, President, TBG Landscape and the Landscape Management Network With all the focus on time studies, site measurement, and dialing in your estimates, many companies have lost focus on what really counts when it comes to profit: finishing your jobs on time and on budget. Every hour/day over budget is not just increased costs, but it’s also hours and days of lost capacity for more sales. Join Mark as he explains the simple secrets to his landscape company’s industry-leading productivity numbers and how…
  • Setting up Snow Contracts In LMN’s Timesheet App

    LMN Admin
    10 Oct 2014 | 1:00 pm
    Love it or hate it, snow is just around the corner.  Don’t wait until the last minute to get yourself ready – or you’re going to be faced with another year buried under paperwork. Go paperless with LMN Time for your snow operations.  Track employee time, GPS locations, salt applications, weather, equipment notes, site notes, site maps and more – all in the same application and all without any paperwork… To learn how, we’ve put together a series of videos to help  with all of the above and more.   Click the image above to check out our LMN Time for…
  • LMN Sales + Support Closed for Canadian Thanksgiving Oct 13th

    10 Oct 2014 | 8:39 am
    Landscape Management Network’s Sales and Support and Live Chat will be closed on Monday, Oct 13th for the Canadian holiday Thanksgiving. We will be back online on Tuesday, Oct 14th.
  • MLP Business Seminar, Workshops & BBQ

    4 Sep 2014 | 10:08 am
    Common Problems… Simple Solutions MARK BRADLEY, President of TBG Landscape and Landscape Management Network in Brooklin, Ontario Canada, was a huge hit at New England Grows this year. He returns to Massachusetts by popular demand to deliver even more of his practical business tips. Mark will guide landscape professionals through ten simple systems that solve problems limiting the potential of so many landscape businesses. You’ll learn how Mark’s company sets up accounting systems, builds a plan for profit, calculates the right price for every job, and creates an environment where…
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • What is Permanent Modular Construction?

    Janet Field
    24 Oct 2014 | 11:10 am
    The construction industry dates back to, well prehistory. Although we have advanced from Neolithic times and no longer use bones as tools, the construction industry has been somewhat held back in terms of advancement.   In fact in contrast to the other US industries which have experienced continuous growth in productivity, the construction industry productivity actually experienced a period of decline from 1995 to 2001 (Triplett and Bosworth, 2004).… Read More... The post What is Permanent Modular Construction? appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Live Free or Die Trying

    Glenn Cort
    16 Oct 2014 | 8:07 am
    Pictured is me with my wife Brooke and my boys, John (14) and Mikey (11) nearing the top of Mount Monadnock in Jaffrey, NH on Columbus Day. Our communications person Janet is always “bothering me” to contribute to our blog and finally I have something important to write about. In this case, I have an important public service announcement: beware of making a casual decision about how to fill up a holiday weekend.… Read More... The post Live Free or Die Trying appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.

    Janet Field
    8 Oct 2014 | 9:18 am
    MARKETING AND BUSINESS DEVELOPMENT COORDINATOR/MANAGER We are looking for an outgoing charismatic team player to fill an integral role at Triumph Modular. This person will round out our sales and marketing department, help to align the two departments and achieve our lead generation goals. What we are looking for: Reports directly to Principal EVP, works in close coordination with EVP and Director of Business Development to reach target prospect audience while also providing day to day admin support, processing and assistance on incoming sales inquiries.… Read More... The post MARKETING…
  • 8 Modular Design Considerations

    Janet Field
    22 Sep 2014 | 1:53 pm
    8 Modular Design Considerations for Permanent Modular Construction As construction managers specializing in modular construction at Triumph Modular, we are often asked what the design considerations are when using modular construction. Each project is different and there are a myriad of options when designing a building to be constructed using modular or prefab methodology.… Read More... The post 8 Modular Design Considerations appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Lexington High School Expands with Permanent Modular Construction

    Janet Field
    29 Aug 2014 | 7:43 am
    MODULAR CONSTRUCTION IS LEXINGTON’S SOLUTION Triumph Modular Provided Lexington High School with 18,000 sq. ft. of Classroom Space, over the summer break. The building was ready for student’s first day, on time and on budget! Take a look at these images of the modular building featuring 15 new classrooms the students of Lexington High will occupy.… Read More... The post Lexington High School Expands with Permanent Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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    Help Everybody Everyday

  • My 2014 Proposal Hit Rate: Good Or Bad?

    Matt Handal
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:22 am
    Like many firms in the A/E/C industry, the firm I work at is experiencing an uptick in business. We’ve got a lot of work and we’re hiring (If you know any schedulers or claims analysts looking, please…please send me an email). But there is one thing we’re experiencing that I never have before. For the proposals we’ve submitted in 2014, our “hit rate” is 100%. Yes, we’ve won every contract that we’ve submitted a proposal on. But is that a good thing or a bad thing? That’s what I want to explore with you today. The Proposal Hit Rate Especially when I do webinars, people…
  • Growing A/E/C Firms With Doug Reed

    Matt Handal
    13 Oct 2014 | 5:45 am
    We’re back with another Design and Construction Marketing Podcast. This time I’m talking to Doug Reed. I first met Doug at a SMPS conference we were both speaking at. His story fascinated me and I think it will do the same for you. Here was, by all accounts, an engineer who grew his firm dramatically during the heights of the recession. And it wasn’t the first time he’d done it. His unique approach centered around an accounting mechanism that most of our firms use (the timesheet). In this podcast, Doug shares his story, explains how we can implement this system at our…
  • 5 Ways I Use Landing Pages To Identify Potential Clients

    Matt Handal
    28 Sep 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Last week, I let you in on the secret weapon I’ve been using for the last year to grow my lists of potential clients. I even shared with you my personal results. If you didn’t read that and you have any responsibility for your firm’s or organization’s corporate communications or internet marketing, I urge you to go back and read that article. Today, I’m getting even more personal. I’m going to show you how I implement Leadpages and the exact strategies I use to grow my lists. As many of you know, I’m just like you. I’m an in-house marketer at a…
  • What Is LeadPages?

    Matt Handal
    26 Sep 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you’ve been following along with my little internet marketing primer for the A/E/C industry we’ve already covered: How To Set Up An Opt In On Your Firm’s Website To Convert Visitors How To Put Together A Lead Magnet and Useful Content To Send Potential Clients Now it gets really fun because I’m going to show you how to convert the greatest number of website visitors. And I’m going to: Show you the super easy tool that I use to do this. Explain everything you need to know to use this tool. Plus, I’ll share some of my own results. And I’m going to…
  • What Information Should You Send To Potential Clients?

    Matt Handal
    22 Sep 2014 | 6:08 pm
    In previous posts, I covered the problem most firm websites have and how to convert potential clients who visit your website. Today, I’m going to cover how to create a lead magnet and what to send these potential clients once they’ve signed up for your list. Building Your Lead Magnet The first thing you’ll send a subscriber is the lead magnet you already promised them. One common misconception about lead magnets is they have to be long, like a research study or ebook. Nothing could be further from the truth. People don’t always want another ebook they won’t have…
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    Affordable Building Concepts

  • Adding Value To Your Home

    13 Oct 2014 | 2:05 pm
    Whether you're building a new home in the Nashville area, remodeling your existing residence, or refinancing your house, one thing is for certain - you want the highest appraisal value possible. How can you make that happen? Well, there are many things you can do to your home to add value, but one of the best investments you can make is adding a garage onto your house.A beautiful 2-door garage by Affordable Building Concepts in Lebanon, TN.Affordable Building Concepts, located in Lebanon, TN and servicing the greater Nashville area, is your one-stop shop for all things residential contracting…
  • Patio Roofing: Wood Vs. Aluminum

    2 Oct 2014 | 5:20 pm
    So you're thinking about some backyard landscaping and have some ideas for a small backyard patio. You decide you want a stone patio, but also want it covered, to get you out of the hot Nashville, Middle Tennessee sun. There are a lot of covered patio materials, but the fight generally comes down to either wood or aluminum.Wood Wood is a great natural material that can really help your backyard ideas take shape, as well as accentuating your beautiful paver designs. However, wood patios require significantly more maintenance than aluminum patios covers, and are prone to rot and other problems.
  • 6 Jun 2013 | 4:57 am

    6 Jun 2013 | 4:57 am
    Custom barn project, East Nashville 10x16 with Hardi Plank siding in Historical district. Painted to match the home. New  fencing installed also.
  • 5 Jun 2013 | 6:47 pm

    5 Jun 2013 | 6:47 pm
    DT McCalls Cookeville ,patio cover and aluminum fencing install
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    19 Sep 2012 | 10:36 am
    Just completed garage in Lebanon, 2 story barn style 24x40
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    Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way Video Tips" blog entries

  • Tangle-Free Stringline

    22 Oct 2014 | 1:51 pm
    Posted by Kevini If you need a stringline on a job because you're laying out a foundation or you're straightening out a framed wall, you could spend 10 minutes trying to untangle a mess of string, but there's a better way.
  • A Roll-Up Story Pole That Stores Easily

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Posted by Kevini If you need a story pole on the job, you could hunt around for a piece of wood and hope it's long enough, but there's a better way.
  • Adjustable Paint-Roller Handle Doubles as a Compact Broom Handle

    10 Oct 2014 | 1:22 pm
    Posted by Kevini If you can't fit a full-size broom in the back of your truck, you could just cut 6 inches off of the handle, but there's a better way.
  • Convenient Tool-Storage Box for an Extra-Cab Pickup Truck

    2 Oct 2014 | 8:46 am
    Posted by Kevini If your truck has an extra cab, you could pile all your tools back there, let them fly around, and hunt for what you need, but there's a better way.   Kevin Ireton is editor-at-large and a good friend and former colleague of Chuck Miller's. Keep your eye out for more Better Way videos from Kevin and several of our other regular...
  • How to Cut a Tapered Board on a Tablesaw

    25 Sep 2014 | 7:54 am
    Posted by Kevini If you need to make a tapered cut on a piece of wood, you could take it over to the saw horses and try to freehand it with your circular saw, but there's a better way.
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    Fine Homebuilding - "Tool Hound" blog entries

  • Ultra-Compact Laser Measuring Tool

    16 Oct 2014 | 1:30 am
    Posted by Gvlremodeler This new laser measuring tool allows single-handed measurements up to 50 ft. and it's smaller than a deck of cards.
  • Easy-Carry Air-Hose Reel

    29 Sep 2014 | 7:37 am
    Posted by Mahon3y This briefcase-size hose reel packs in 100 ft. of hose and weighs about 10 lb.
  • CAMO Edge Pro

    28 Jul 2014 | 8:39 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin The CAMO Edge Pro speeds up edge-screw decking installation without bending over.
  • CAMO Marksman Edge

    14 Jul 2014 | 4:43 pm
    Posted by MikeGuertin The CAMO Marksman Edge edge-screws wet pressure treated lumber even with the boards tight together.
  • Diablo Demo Demon carbide tipped recip blades

    13 Jun 2014 | 9:39 am
    Posted by MikeGuertin The right tool for the job - Demo Demon carbide tipped blades work well perform well at cutting through nail-embedded wood abrasive materials (like asphalt roofing, fibercement siding and old plaster.
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    Trilogy Builds

  • Trilogy Presents: The Latest in Home Building Trends

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Trilogy Tips: Green Building For Your Home or Office

    26 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Trilogy Shares Ways to Selecting Zero Energy Home Plans

    24 Oct 2014 | 6:20 am
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  • NDA Appoints Executive Director

    29 Oct 2014 | 12:55 pm
    The National Demolition Association (NDA) announced that Cheryl Caulfield, IOM, CAE has joined the association as executive director. Caulfield will work directly with NDA leaders and volunteers to help guide and execute on the organization's strategic initiatives, programs and policies. Caulfield is replacing NDA Executive Director Michael R. Taylor, CAE, who is retiring from the association after 25 years of service.
  • Website Encourages Ohio Students to Consider Construction Careers

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:42 am
    In response to a skilled worker shortage, a new website——is providing detailed information about construction careers, specifically those in Ohio, for students and other individuals, according to The Columbus Dispatch.
  • NICB Releases 2013 Heavy Equipment Theft Report

    29 Oct 2014 | 9:27 am
    The National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) released a report on heavy equipment thefts in 2013. This report, co-produced with the National Equipment Register, examines heavy equipment theft data submitted by law enforcement to the National Crime Information Center and profiles that data according to theft state, theft city, theft month, equipment manufacturer, equipment style (type) and year of manufacture.
  • AEM Updates Cold Planer, Soil Stabilizer Safety Manual

    28 Oct 2014 | 11:17 am
    The Association of Equipment Manufacturers (AEM) safety manual for Cold Planers (Milling Machines) and Soil Stabilizers (Recyclers/Reclaimers) has been updated to reflect the latest industry best practices for safe equipment operation, safe operation guidelines, and important equipment maintenance. The manual is clearly written and illustrated with new pictorials. Key updates include:
  • Cummins 3Q Revenue Up 15 Percent

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:05 am
    Cummins reported a 15-percent increase in revenue in the third quarter compared to the same period last year. Revenue of $4.9 billion was driven by stronger demand in on-highway markets and distributor acquisitions in North America, additional content growth for the Components business in Europe and China and higher engine sales to commercial marine customers, the company said.
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    Options Skills Ltd » Blog

  • Win an Electricians Tool Kit

    14 Oct 2014 | 5:24 am
    The good people at Edwardes Bros. Electrical Wholesalers are offering trainee electricians the opportunity to win a free tool kit worth £141. This is a free to enter competition for electrical trainees, please follow the link for more details
  • Tips For Keeping Your Electrician Job

    13 Sep 2014 | 1:26 am
    Once you have received training as an electrician, you will be ready for employment. After spending so much time training and earning certifications, you want to find a job as an electrician and keep it. You choose the career path as an electrician to be able to do what you enjoy as well as help people. Once you have found the perfect position, you want to do what is right to hold your position or even work your way up the company ladder. Below is a simple guide as to how you can maintain your position with an electrical company and remain successful in your endeavors. Customer Friendly When…
  • How to Avoid DIY Plumbing Nightmares

    12 Sep 2014 | 1:24 am
    When owning a home, you understand that is much upkeep to consider. From the mechanics of the home to everyday cleaning and maintenance, you will have to take daily steps to ensure your home stays in top condition. One area of constant concern is the plumbing systems. The plumbing systems are imperative to the daily operations of the home. From washing clothes to drinking water, we rely on the plumbing system to function. While certain plumbing projects are easily DIY, there are many that are not and disaster can strike at any minute. Below are a few tips on how you avoid DIY plumbing…
  • 10 Tips to Become a Pro Gas Engineer

    24 Jul 2014 | 12:53 am
    A gas engineer is someone who has the proper skill and safety training in the gas industry. The engineer will know how to install, repair and service appliances that function on gas. This could include boiler or other heating systems. To become a gas engineer, one must gain the proper training and have on-site experience to be able to work individually. This position requires heave training and certain qualifications to ensure a safe and productive work environment. Apprenticeship To begin a career, an individual can sign up for an apprenticeship. This training will focus on safety and the…
  • How Electrical Training Courses Can Change Your Career

    10 Jul 2014 | 11:56 am
    Electrician work is a respected profession as it offers individuals the opportunity to work with home and business owners, keeping electrical systems in check. There are several career options available in the electrical field, but these careers require electrical training courses. Many electricians have basic knowledge but do not have the training to gain employment in advanced careers. By earning additional training, electrician professionals are able to change careers and make even more money and feel more productive. There are several options for training that can put you in a new career,…
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    AEC Business

  • Aconex Connected BIM Launched – Interview with Kerri Lee Sinclair

    Aarni Heiskanen
    29 Oct 2014 | 7:05 am
    In this podcast episode Kerri Lee Sinclair, General Manager at Aconex, explains how their new Aconex Connected BIM enables... The post Aconex Connected BIM Launched – Interview with Kerri Lee Sinclair appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Lean Construction – Pull Planning Explained

    Aarni Heiskanen
    28 Oct 2014 | 12:01 pm
    In this lean construction video Jason Mayes, Chair of the Beck Lean Committee, explains what pull planning is in... The post Lean Construction – Pull Planning Explained appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Proper Planning for Large-Scale Earthmoving

    <a href="">Robert Curtis</a>
    22 Oct 2014 | 12:10 am
    Successful earthmoving requires more than just earthmoving equipment and a driver. There are a number of other... The post Proper Planning for Large-Scale Earthmoving appeared first on AEC Business.
  • UK Rented Housing Heat Map

    Aarni Heiskanen
    21 Oct 2014 | 9:41 am
    This interactive heat map visualizes the rented housing hotspots in the UK. Explore the live map. The post UK Rented Housing Heat Map appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Selling Your Idea: Understand What You Are Selling and Set Goals

    Aarni Heiskanen
    14 Oct 2014 | 11:48 pm
    Despite that the construction industry is often considered conservative, there is always plenty of room for fresh... The post Selling Your Idea: Understand What You Are Selling and Set Goals appeared first on AEC Business.
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    Oil Tank Removal Vancouver

  • Why Oil Tank Removal is Necessary in North Vancouver?

    14 Oct 2014 | 2:07 am
    If you are staying in North Vancouver or adjoining area, you must have heard about the oil tank buried or hidden on property. These tanks need to be disposed of as you will not be able to sell a property until it has been removed or till the time the area has been approved as being contamination-free. Need of Oil Tank Removal It is not just to assuage the property buyers. Banks and mortgage brokers also require the clearance to approve the financing. The insurance firms won’t insure the property as the oil tank is considered as a liability. The city has updated records of which…
  • Steps involved in Commercial Oil Tank Removal Services

    6 Sep 2014 | 2:43 am
    An oil tank found on your property is not a pleasant sight. It needs to be removed as soon as possible. It can come to you as legal liability that can lead you in trouble. There are many companies that provide oil tank removal services. If it is found on your commercial property, it is not a good sign. Contact an expert oil tank removal company in Vancouver that can help you in the following stages of removal: Detection of Oil Tank Detecting an oil tank is very important. As professionals are well-aware of the signs that may suggest there is an oil tank. A professional oil tank removal…
  • Why Quick Detection of Oil Tank is Important?

    14 Aug 2014 | 2:13 am
    Finding an oil tank in the backyard or in any area of your home can be frustrating due to the hazards associated with it. The trouble gets multiplied with the existence of a leaking oil tank. They used to be the source of heat in the past which were buried under the house. With passing time, such tanks remained unattended and even many homeowners were unaware of it. How these Oil Tanks are detected? Quick Oil tank detection is important to avoid serious hazards. First time, when you notice any oil patches on walls or dead spots on the grass, it indicates the existence of oil tank on your…
  • How to Remove Oil Tank from your Residence?

    31 Jul 2014 | 2:40 am
    Tanks storing oil can be found in any area of your home. Locating these tanks is not easy. But there are few signs that help you locate an old oil tank, buried in the backyard of your home. How to locate oil tanks? Depending on the region you are living in, these oil tanks could be found above or below the ground. If you found it above the ground, it is easy to monitor. The home heating oil usually has a tendency to freeze in extreme cold so as a means to keep the oil liquid and flowing was a need. The above ground tanks were easy to deal with when you could actually convert from oil to gas…
  • Residential Oil Tanks in Vancouver-Responsibilities of Buyers and Sellers

    24 Jul 2014 | 2:05 am
    Many homes in Vancouver still have a heating oil tank, hidden in the backyard. They are normally hidden underground in backyards and filled with sand. These unused buried oil tanks start leaking with rust over the time and produce harmful effect on the residents of a home. Therefore, the removal of residential oil tanks in Vancouver is essential. It also has adverse financial effect on the value of the property. Bylaws of 12 municipalities, it is necessary to remove the heating residential oil tank in Vancouver. All the contaminated soil also be removed and it is equally important to replace…
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    Pool Fence News | Pool Fencing Blog | Pool Safety Fence Information

  • Choosing The Right Shape Pool

    22 Oct 2014 | 10:51 am
     What Shape Of Pool?   As a homeowner there is nothing like being able to choose your own style of pool. One thing you must be careful with is the shape of the pool. Depending on the size of your backyard there may not be enough space to place in a rectangular shaped pool or a Figure 8. In the way your backyard is designed may also interfere with the type of pool you want as well. Consider one of the following shapes as they tend to be the most versatile, popular, and classic shapes. L Shaped This shape pool helps separate the swimming area from the shallow area with the smaller area…
  •  Winter Pool Party Ideas

    16 Oct 2014 | 11:09 am
     Let’s Have a Winter Pool Party   Winter doesn’t have to always put a damper on poolside fun. Plan a memorable pool party! It doesn’t matter what the weather is doing: this the season to marry dreary weather with a warm pool! Set the Scene Light up the pool with LED floating lights that are appropriate for water use. Give each guest a colorful Hawaiian lei. Place some floating snack trays into the water so your guests can nibble without leaving the comfort of the pool.  Games & Prizes Never underestimate traditional pool games. Marco Polo and volleyball can…
  • Are You Moving Into a House With A Pool? Here Is What You Should Know

    1 Oct 2014 | 9:45 am
      If you have found a good house in a perfect environment for the right price but it has a swimming pool, there are certain considerations, which you will have to make. Before buying such a house, you need to make sure that it won’t sink you. How can you achieve this?       Is a pool really worth it? The benefits of having a swimming pool are quite clear and well laid out. A quick swim just outside your house offers you a certain element of enjoyment and recreation. However, the flipside of having a home with a pool can also prove to be a tidal wave of…
  • List of the Safety Equipment Required for a Swimming Pool

    24 Sep 2014 | 3:37 pm
     Let’s see a list of all pool safety equipment   Some safety equipment that is required when building a new pool include: pool safety nets pool safety covers anti-entrapment equipment pool alarms handicap accessible pool safety products general pool safety products   Pool fences may be required but there is no federal law regarding the requirement.     Swimming pool fences are one of the more common equipment used regarding pool safety. They are usually childproofed and have a gate. There are many different kinds of pool fences that you can use such as: aluminum…
  • The Best Plants for Around a Swimming Pool

    17 Sep 2014 | 4:52 am
    Part of the appeal of a swimming pool are the plants around it as they add to the atmosphere of fun, relaxation and getting away from it all. What types of plants are the best to grow? Before You Buy Ask yourself these questions to help you decide what types of plants you need to plant around your swimming pool: Is the style of your existing garden formal or informal? You may want your pool landscaping to blend in with what’s there already, but you may want to bring in an additional ambiance of, say, the tropics or an English summer garden. What colors do you prefer? Color refers to…
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    Constructive Thinking

  • How facility owners can make the most of BIM

    Skanska USA
    28 Oct 2014 | 5:34 am
    More and more facility owners are seeing the benefits that building information modeling can bring to their projects, according to a new McGraw Hill Construction SmartMarket Report, “The Business Value of BIM for Owners.” Those benefits include enhanced team collaboration, streamlined facility maintenance, easier understanding of concepts, improved accuracy and potential cost savings. Skanska’s Hal Jones, virtual design and construction director, was quoted several times in the report, which also features Skanska’s Connect Plus M25 consortium that is managing and improving one of…
  • How our Boston team creates an inclusive workplace

    Skanska USA
    23 Oct 2014 | 10:00 am
    An inclusive workplace is one where every person feels as though they can voice their ideas and contribute their expertise.  In today’s intergenerational, diverse offices – where millennials work side by side with baby boomers – it’s especially important to make sure that all team members feel valued, respected and engaged – regardless of their age or work experience. As part of Diversity & Inclusion Week, we brought together a group of men and women of various generations from our Boston team to discuss their careers and how inclusion impacts their performance and…
  • BOOSTing subcontractors in our communities

    Skanska USA
    23 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Inclusion directly impacts performance, especially when it comes to innovation. Inclusive groups facilitate more ideas, better ideas and different ideas.  On an individual level, performance improves when a person feels included and that has a direct impact on the group. Employees who believe they have more of a “voice” will exert more effort on behalf of the group, going above and beyond the “call of duty.” But inclusion means more than just engaging internal team members. The more we work to educate and develop diverse talent, the larger the pool of potential employees and…
  • This network helps women thrive in construction

    Skanska USA
    22 Oct 2014 | 5:18 am
    Building a culture of inclusion opens up new possibilities for personal, company and community growth. For women, a culture of inclusion in construction can unlock tremendous possibilities. Women hold just three percent of the seven million construction jobs in the U.S. Catalyst, an organization that works to build inclusive workplaces, has found that teams with an equal mix of men and women outperform male-dominated teams in both profits and sales.  Recruiting and hiring more women is an obvious way to increase diversity in the construction industry, but building an inclusive environment in…
  • Why inclusion is beneficial for people and business

    Skanska USA
    21 Oct 2014 | 10:41 am
    “Inclusion Works” is not only the theme of our Diversity & Inclusion Week, but it’s also a fact. A company may be diverse, but if there is not a culture of inclusion in which  employees are given the power and framework to leverage people’s differences, innovation and growth will suffer. In order for inclusion to work, it requires strong leadership. Research shows that well-managed, diverse teams outperform both homogeneous teams and teams that are diverse but poorly-managed. Teams with inclusive leadership are more productive and innovative. In Creating Value with Diverse Teams…
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    Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |

  • Mobile Storage and Earthquake Proof Design Considerations

    23 Oct 2014 | 8:24 am
      If you’ve ever experienced an earthquake—even a minor one—you most likely have an appreciation of the earth’s force and power. A result of the sudden release of energy in the Earth’s crust, an earthquake can be mostly imperceptible or can cause very serious damage, depending on the amount of energy it releases. According to […] The post Mobile Storage and Earthquake Proof Design Considerations appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • The Benefits of Mobile Shelving for Auto Parts Storage

    22 Sep 2014 | 7:15 am
    The post The Benefits of Mobile Shelving for Auto Parts Storage appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Is Your Auto Parts Department Profitable? 8 Questions to Ask

    12 Sep 2014 | 8:18 am
    The parts department makes a significant contribution to the overall auto dealership revenue and profit; therefore it is essential to focus on increasing profitability. Having an organized and smooth running auto parts department is critical to supporting the service department and directly impacts the levels of customer service satisfaction and retention, with subsequent effects on […] The post Is Your Auto Parts Department Profitable? 8 Questions to Ask appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • The Advantage of ActivRAC mobile racking when you DON’T Need More Space

    30 Aug 2014 | 12:28 pm
    When I’m with potential customers talking about warehouse storage solutions one of the first things I hear is, “We’re out of space and our only other option is expansion.” That’s because many times their pallet racks are overflowing and inventory ends up sitting in aisles with no place to go. In this case mobile racking, […] The post The Advantage of ActivRAC mobile racking when you DON’T Need More Space appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
  • Brand VS. Generic Drugs: An Impeding Wholesaler Storage Limitation

    26 Aug 2014 | 9:11 am
    The main advantage of a generic over a brand name drug is the price. On average, the cost of a generic drug is 80 to 85 percent lower than its brand name equivalent. This is because the producers of generic drugs do not bear the same development costs as those who manufacture the original versions. […] The post Brand VS. Generic Drugs: An Impeding Wholesaler Storage Limitation appeared first on Mobile shelving, high density storage, industrial shelving and storage solutions provider. |
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  • Top 10 OSHA Standards Cited For The Construction Industry

    Kendall Jones
    29 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    We’ve compiled our Top 10 Most Frequently Cited OSHA Standards for the Construction Industry for the 2014 fiscal year. OSHA publishes their own list each year, but it covers all standard violations cited for all industries. Our list is based on all standards cited by Federal OSHA using the North American Industry Classification System (NAICS) for the […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of October 20, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    27 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of October 20 – 24, 2014. 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 Old Satsuma Elementary School […]
  • Architecture Billings Index Continues To Show Growth In September

    Kendall Jones
    22 Oct 2014 | 6:02 am
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score was 55.2 for September. This is a couple of points higher than August’s score of 53. This is the fifth straight month of the ABI indicating an increase in billings. Because the ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between architecture […]
  • Seasons Change – Power Generation Challenges Remain the Same

    Anthony Colardo
    21 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Construction businesses across the country are dealing with challenges relating to the changing seasons. As autumn takes hold, dramatic drops in temperatures and reduced hours of sunlight mean a greater dependence on worksite power generation. And in an industry where optimizing efficiency while maximizing productivity is essential to a successful operation, finding the right power […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of October 13, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    20 Oct 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of October 13 – 17, 2014. 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 Weems Springs WTP Improvement […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • AEC Mergers & Acquisitions Show No Signs of Letting Up (Duane Craig)
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The architecture, engineering and construction sector continues a period of robust consolidation with firms trying to position themselves as jacks of all trades, in wider and wider geographies. Even the building materials sector is busily merging and acquiring to deal with overcapacity and to improve their competitive positions, according to a new report out from PricewaterhouseCoopers […]Related Posts:Letting Nature Clean the WaterMarvin’s John Kirchner Opens a View to the 2010 International Builders’ Show
  • On-The-Spot Financing Promises New Revenue Streams for Contractors (Duane Craig)
    24 Oct 2014 | 5:15 am
    When Charles Clemons with Bath Fitter of Chattanooga went looking for a loan partner to qualify customers on the spot, he wanted a company that didn’t have a lot of hassles and one that would help him close business with three major categories of customers. He ended up with GreenSky, a firm offering point of sale financing. Contractors can use […]Related Posts:New Standards on Revenue Recognition Have Particular Impact on Engineering and ConstructionThe Sweet Spot in the BidsSpot News, a Tidbit and CommentaryFuel Card Helps Spot Fleet WasteGreen Spot Sparks Trip Down Memory…
  • Compensation Survey Reveals Construction’s Pay Differences (Duane Craig)
    22 Oct 2014 | 7:00 am
    The fundamental shift in how the construction industry does business is now reflected in pay rates, according to research from FMI, a provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry. Since the great recession, an increased emphasis on sales and the process of nurturing relationships is making business development, and […]Related Posts:Survey Reveals Customer Dissatisfaction Areas with ContractorsLeaders and Managers Sort Out Their Differences Somewhere Between the Head and the HeartTake the Construction Project Management…
  • Space Elevator Construction Might Rely on Nanostructures (Duane Craig)
    1 Oct 2014 | 5:19 am
    Japanese construction firm, Obayashi announced its intention of building a space elevator to carry materials and people into space at a fraction of the cost of today’s rockets. The plan is to have one in place by 2050 with the help of an international organization set up for the task. What is the magic material Obayashi will […]Related Posts:Space Construction Offers Big ViewReport Shows Building Energy Systems to Heavily Rely on Lithium Ion TechnologySmart Elevator Tech Promises New Levels of EfficiencyNew Elevator Hoisting Technology Takes Tall Buildings to the Next…
  • Construction’s Place in the New Death Statistics (Duane Craig)
    25 Sep 2014 | 4:55 am
    The Bureau of Labor Statistics’ 2013 National Census of Fatal Occupational Injuries shows two groups face higher risks of death on the job. Hispanic or Latino workers, and those identified as contractors had higher on-the-job deaths than in previous years. While all major racial/ethnic groups had lower rates of workplace deaths – anywhere from 6% to […]Related Posts:Lessons From The Blogosphere StatisticsMultifamily Housing Statistics May Be DistortedAn Ancient Material Finds a Place in the New World Trade CenterNonresidential Construction Backlog Drops, Signaling…
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    MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing

  • How to Choose the Right Metal Roofing Color – Buyer’s Guide

    Metal Roofing Pro
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:11 am
    So, you have decided to give metal roofing a chance in a big way by joining the ranks of many proud homeowners who have successfully installed a new metal roof on their homes. Please note: You still have time to get a new metal roof before the winter sets in, which would make the installation […] The post How to Choose the Right Metal Roofing Color – Buyer’s Guide appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Residential Metal Roofing Prices

    Metal Roofing Pro
    12 Oct 2014 | 6:57 pm
    Introduction: Are you in the market for a new metal roof for your house? If so, there is still time left to install a new metal roof, before the upcoming Winter season, with all the heavy snow and cold weather, which could seriously hinder the installation process. We have written this guide in order to […] The post Residential Metal Roofing Prices appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details – Will Standing Seam Work on your Roof?

    Metal Roofing Pro
    14 Sep 2014 | 12:51 pm
    Are you planning to install a standing seam metal roof over your newly constructed house or replace an old leaking roof on your home? You have made the right choice, as a standing seam metal roof will last a lifetime, offering you superior protection against leaks, fire, and inclement weather conditions. A standing seam metal […] The post Standing Seam Metal Roof Installation Details – Will Standing Seam Work on your Roof? appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Metal Roof vs. Shingles – What your Regular Roofer will Never Tell you!

    Metal Roofing Pro
    28 Aug 2014 | 2:49 pm
    Your home is your most prized possession, and no other roofing system can keep it better protected than a metal roof. For discerning homeowners who want to make a long term investment into their home, and to be sure that they are getting a premium roofing material, metal shingles are a top choice. While they […] The post Metal Roof vs. Shingles – What your Regular Roofer will Never Tell you! appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Water Collection Systems for Standing Seam Metal Roofs

    Metal Roofing Pro
    18 Jul 2014 | 1:27 am
    Have you ever considered getting a rainwater collection system for your home? A standing-seam metal roof with its smooth surface provides an ideal platform for harvesting rainwater using a sloped metal roof. Englert Inc., a metal roofing and leafless gutter manufacturing company committed to the environmental cause is now offering a 3 in 1 fully […] The post Water Collection Systems for Standing Seam Metal Roofs appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
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  • Series #7—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Poolsides

    22 Oct 2014 | 5:39 pm
        Summer may be over for the year, and yes, we’re heading into winter when most people are shutting down their pools. But don’t underestimate the value of this hibernation season—it’s the perfect time to get ready for next summer. With our mild Tennessee winters, installing a pool isn’t an unreasonable goal. And if you don’t feel comfortable digging during the cold, make this your planning time, and this post your planning guide. What’s one way to make your poolside a neighborhood destination next year? We’re glad you asked.   Designing Your Poolside If…
  • Will Ivy Bring Your House Down?

    16 Oct 2014 | 5:31 pm
        The look of climbing ivy is an appealing one. The natural green contrasting with brick or stone usually evokes feelings of nostalgia and pleasure to passersby, and can add mystique to an otherwise drab structure. But can this beautiful plant cause big damage? Whether you already have ivy climbing up your walls or you’re just thinking about it, you should know that the answer is both yes and no. The newer your home, the better your odds of sustaining an ivy invasion.   The Mortar Question Many people wonder if climbing ivy can make the mortar between bricks crumble, thus…
  • International Beauty: Landscapes Around the World

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
        Traveling affords you a glimpse into the diversity of our globe—but what if you’ve never traveled? Or perhaps you have, but you didn’t get to see the most beautiful parts? Today we want to present you with a selection of the most beautiful landscapes across the globe, from the most well-designed to the most vibrant flowers. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket. Just sit back in your office chair and take the tour below.   South Africa There are many botanical gardens celebrating the natural landscapes of South Africa, but we will highlight two here. Firstly there is…
  • No Weeds? Yes, There’s a Way!

    10 Sep 2014 | 6:49 am
        Have you ever been frustrated by the constant surge of weeds in your garden? Have you ever wished you could touch each weed with a magic wand and they would disappear? We don’t have a magic wand to offer you, but we do have some keys to weedless gardening that will make your life a lot easier! Part of it has to do with good mulch practices, and part of it has to do with—you guessed it—natural stone.   Mulching and Quiet Soil Mulch is a wonderful invention of gardening. You can use it to fertilize your soil, protect plants from scorching sun and torrential rains, and…
  • Series #6—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Child’s Play Area

    27 Aug 2014 | 1:26 pm
        Are your kids getting older, but the backyard keeps staying the same? Spice things up in your landscape by adding a play space for your kids. You don’t have to spend a whole lot to get the creative retreat your kids are begging for, either. Loads of DIY ideas are floating around, making it easy to update your yard to match your growing family.   Backyard Games Playing games outside is one of the best parts of being a kid—and sometimes the best part of the homestead for a tired parent! Kids are very good at inventing outdoor games, including simply taking a ball outside…
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  • 5 Reasons to Sell Land and Lots in Fall and Winter

    Steve Sanders at
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:11 am
    Why Every Season is Selling Season for Lots & Land The Fall and Winter seasons can be the ideal time for you to find buyers when you are selling vacant land or residential lots.  Some landowners who wish to sell land – and even well-meaning real estate pros – mistakenly take their vacant land listings off the market for a few months during this time of the year because of outdated or inapplicable beliefs about “Selling Seasons” for real estate.  Read on for 5 reasons why the Fall and Winter seasons can be a great time of the year to sell residential lots and land, and learn why…
  •’s New Featured Listing Ad Program Explodes Your Network

    Steve Sanders at
    10 Oct 2014 | 2:19 pm
    One of the primary benefits of placing your residential lot and land listings on is that we expand your marketing network to lot and land buyers you normally would not reach, and Featured Listings already receive the highest exposure on the web site. Well, now we’veexpanded our Featured Listing program to give you huge new exposure to even more buyers, with customized advertisements displayed on more than 100 major web sites…for FREE.  Boom. Customized Advertisements for Your Property Help You Sell Land & Lots We make it easier for you to sell…
  • Online Customer Support Center Helps You Get More Out of

    Steve Sanders at
    22 Jul 2014 | 10:28 am
    We have launched our new Online Customer Support Center and think you will really love how it enhances your customer service experience on and helps you get more out of your membership. The Online Customer Support Center is the newest feature that adds to’s customer-focused philosophy, and joins our existing 24-7 telephone hotline and customer support email interfaces.  Now there are 3 ways that you can get help and support on Site Updates & Improvements You may have noticed that we’ve added a number of major site improvements at…
  • Understanding Property Taxes

    Steve Sanders at
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whether you own a vacant lot, single-family home or a commercial building, you likely will pay property taxes. These types of taxes have been collected in the U.S. since early colonial days, and they are not going away. In the words of Benjamin Franklin…”Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Here’s some information to help you better understand property taxes. What are Property Taxes? A property tax is a tax that is imposed by a local government entity, like a county, city or town, on the value of property in its jurisdiction. Unlike income or inheritance taxes that…
  • 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…
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  • Labor Shortage in the Construction Industry – Are you Ready?

    22 Oct 2014 | 7:47 am
    After the housing crash, many construction industry professionals retooled or left to pursue careers in other fields. Coupled with a drop in intake numbers, the industry is facing a lack of qualified personnel to fill positions in the coming year. When the time comes to face these shortages, how will your construction company cope? What strategies do you have in place to guarantee your continued profitability? Labor shortages will influence costs and make it more difficult for companies to stick to tight construction schedules or guarantee quality. As the seasonal drop in demand leaves a…
  • Tinted Caulks for a Better Finish

    21 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    One of the downsides of caulking is that the bright white finish can really ruin the aesthetics of your project. Now you can get caulk tinting kits which allow you to create caulks in different colors so you can match them perfectly to your project. The kits work by allowing you to blend your caulk with latex paints to match the color of the countertops, exterior trim, walls, tiling or even siding for a more professional finish. The caulking in the kits mixes well with the paint unlike regular caulking which has a tendency to repel pain. The addition of paint will not diminish the normal…
  • 8 Newest Trends in Home Design

    20 Oct 2014 | 7:11 am
    Modern home design is a dynamic entity that needs to grow and change with the market needs. Any builder who is building the same homes they did ten years ago will steadily be reducing the pool from which they can draw new clients. Of course the biggest influencer on the modern home is energy savings, but there are other trends to note as well. Livability is still the most important factor in home design choice and the role that technology plays is also increasing. Outdoor spaces In a move away from the public backyard where neighbors shared conversation over summer barbeques and the children…
  • Sub-flooring Installation Tips When Using Hardwood Flooring

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:20 am
    In order to ensure a successful flooring installation, you require a sound sub-floor system. Any mistakes in the sub-floor are likely to telegraph through to the installed floor and result in time consuming and expensive call backs. Inspect the subflooring carefully and be sure to correct any problems before installing finished flooring. Sub-flooring Moisture Management - Builder OSB sub-flooring will adjust to new environmental conditions. Whenever possible and before installing any sub-flooring, store sub-flooring panels under cover on the job site to allow the them to acclimate to the…
  • Preventing Painting Problems

    16 Oct 2014 | 10:28 am
    Painting problems can really ruin an otherwise perfect job and you get stuck with time-consuming call backs. While selecting the wrong paint for the job can cause issues, most call backs result from improper application. Whether you are spaying, rolling, brushing or using a combination of these methods, becoming adept in paint application not only saves you time and money, it also finishes your job so professionally that you will turn your customers into raving fans. Less is more While it may seem counter-intuitive, applying more paint will not provide a smoother or stronger finish. The vast…
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  • Flat Roof Calculator

    2 Oct 2014 | 6:26 pm
    Got a leaking flat roof, and need to know replacement cost? Use Flat Roof Calc to estimate the price for Rubber, PVC & TPO materials. Flat roofs cost anywhere from $5-10 per square foot. This estimation tool (designed by a veteran commercial and residential roofer) will help you do a take-off on most common low-slope and flat roofing systems, including Single Ply membranes (Thermoplastics and Rubber), Modified Bitumen and Rolled roofing. Enter roof size and number of penetrations, select your material and region, and you will get a Price Estimate that is inline with your local prices.
  • How Roofing Prices are Manipulated by Insurance Companies (using Xactimate)

    12 Sep 2014 | 10:23 am
    Insurance companies do not pay for you to do high quality roofing. If you want to do it right you may want to get away from insurance work. Or you will have to lower your standards. Advice from a Roofing Forum Discussion to a contractor looking to get into insurance work. This is a guide for homeowners with storm damage roofs on how to avoid getting scammed by insurance companies into installing a poor quality roof. It is clear from the quote above that when it comes to roof replacement that involves insurance companies, property owners get the short end of the stick in terms of quality,…
  • Metal Roofing Prices for Materials and Installation

    29 Jul 2014 | 10:33 am
    A new metal roof can be one of the most expensive roofing material options, rivaled only by the likes of Slate, Clay Tiles, natural Cedar Shingles and Shakes and Synthetic roof shingles. However, it is possible to have a metal roof installed on a budget – relatively inexpensive, compared to the materials listed above. It is important to understand that a metal roof will always cost more money than asphalt shingles, but there are a number of affordable options to consider. Below we will take in-depth look at average installation prices charged by contractors that specialize in metal…
  • Roofing Shingles Calculator

    28 May 2014 | 11:50 am
    Many homeowners want to know what percentage of their new roof installation cost (when the roof is being installed by a contractor), goes into the shingles and other materials / accessories, needed for installation. This Roofing Materials Calculator will help you estimate this cost, and will include all needed accessories – not just the cost of roofing shingles. To estimate shingles and accessories prices, enter roof ground dimensions, roof slope, and roof type (hip or gable) into the calculator below: Roof Length: Roof Width (Gable Side): Roof Pitch: Roof Type: Gable RoofHip…
  • Metric Roofing Calculator – for UK and Europe

    5 May 2014 | 2:39 pm
    Estimate re-roofing cost in the United Kingdom! This tool helps homeowners calculate the approximate price to install a new Clay or Concrete Tile roof, or a flat roofing membrane on your residence in Great Britain, Ireland and Western Europe. Prices for UK are in GBP, and in Euros for Ireland and other Western European countries. This tool is created as an alternative to our main calculator, which is designed for US and Canada, calculating prices in USD, using sq.feet (vs. the metric system used in Europe). To calculate roof in Feet, go Imperial Roof Calc. House Ground Dimensions: x Meters…
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  • Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015

    Remodeling Image
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:17 pm
    It’s the beautiful Fall season again! – A time to enjoy the wonderful leaf foliage during the day, as well as gather around the house with family and friends to enjoy some spiced wine or apple cider filled with the season aromas. — If you are anything like myself, then by the time it’s Fall […] The post Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015 appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Hardwood Flooring Trends and Ideas in 2014 – Are you Considering Hardwood Floors?

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    18 Sep 2014 | 3:05 pm
    Flooring is one of the most important components of your home’s interior design, and it can certainly help define the overall ambiance and atmosphere in your home. Today, many homeowners are looking for a lot more in their hardwood floors than just the good ol’ aesthetic appeal. Growing concerns for better environment, coupled with the […] The post Top Hardwood Flooring Trends and Ideas in 2014 – Are you Considering Hardwood Floors? appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top 3 Green Home Improvement Ideas that Make Money & Sense

    Remodeling Image
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:45 pm
    A search on “green home improvement ideas” on Google returns countless articles filled with tips, advice, ideas, projects, etc. that you can spend your time and money on. In this sea of helpful information it is not always apparent which of these green home improvement ideas actually pay off and are worth investing in. Ideally, […] The post Top 3 Green Home Improvement Ideas that Make Money & Sense appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Wood Flooring Insulation Options for Homes – Because your Money Shouldn’t be Falling through the Cracks in your floors!

    Remodeling Image
    18 Sep 2014 | 2:33 pm
    It’s Fall time, again, and I am starting to feel the discomfort associated with walking barefoot on my cold hardwood floors in the morning. Are you in the same camp? Did you know that as much as 15% of heat can be lost through uninsulated floors? According to Nexus Flooring, insulated floors will not only […] The post Wood Flooring Insulation Options for Homes – Because your Money Shouldn’t be Falling through the Cracks in your floors! appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Refinishing Hardwood floors – Step by Step Instructions

    Remodeling Image
    28 Aug 2014 | 3:11 pm
    Hardwood floors demand a fairly frequent refinishing whenever you feel that they are losing their luster. All you need to do is repair and re-sand the wood, along with some coats of refinish over the wood. Here is the step by step procedure: Step 1. Identify what kind of wood your floors have. Mostly oak, […] The post Refinishing Hardwood floors – Step by Step Instructions appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
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  • Another Win for 3D Construction

    Angie Mansfield
    29 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    We’ve heard a lot lately about research into 3D printing as a construction method. Since a new computerized construction technique recently won the 2014 Create the Future Design Contest, we thought we’d revisit the subject—and the specific technique that wowed the judges. Are 3D printing methods inevitable in the future of construction, and if so, how close are they to becoming a common technique on the jobsite? The Winner The Create the Future Design Contest, created by the publishers of NASA Tech Briefs magazine, launched in 2002. Since then, the event has seen more than…
  • FieldLens iOS developer Tony Hung on Apple’s new products

    Chris Watson
    28 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Here at FieldLens we’re constantly pushing the technological envelope to make builders’ jobs easier. I recently spoke with FieldLens iOS developer Tony Hung about how Apple’s new iPhone 6, iPhone 6 Plus and Apple Watch might influence the future of our mobile-first platform: Chris: So I hear you’re the iOS masterman around here. Tony: (Laughs) I’m just one of four members on the team. Chris: How about we say one of several mastermen? Tony: That works. Chris: What do you find exciting about developing for Apple’s new mobile devices? Tony: One of the big things…
  • Extreme Building: Construction in an Ebola War Zone

    Aubree Munar
    27 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Looking for a construction job? How does this one sound: “Position may be located in a war zone in a contingency environment with harsh and dangerous working and living conditions, including lifting and carrying 40 pounds of personal protective equipment for extended periods of time.” So reads a recent post by Fluor Corp. calling for “Security Specialist in Liberia” via Such brave civilian workers will join a team from the Army Corps of Engineers (USACE) and over 1,000 US troops in Ebola-stricken Liberia. The new facilities will be constructed in the country’s capital,…
  • Extreme Building: Alaska

    Aubree Munar
    24 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    Photo: U.S. Library of Congress via Wikipedia Builders in most northern places face their share of problems with cold weather. But put those same builders in Alaska and things go from tough to extreme. Here are some of the extreme building challenges builders face from Fairbanks (population 32,324) to Pilot Point (population 68). Extreme challenge #1: Permafrost According to Wunderground, permafrost is “permanently frozen soil, sediment, or rock” Some permafrost has been around for tens of thousands of years. And you’ll find permafrost, to varying degrees, in about 85% of Alaska…
  • Rugged Protection for Delicate Smartphones and Tablets

    Angie Mansfield
    23 Oct 2014 | 6:00 am
    How many times have you seen someone struggling to use a cracked or damaged smartphone? Don’t be that person. Smartphones and tablets are essential, but also too fragile to stand up to harsh conditions you encounter on the jobsite. Fortunately, you can ruggedize an existing device by protecting it with the right case. Here are a few choices that will keep your device intact while you’re on the go: Otterbox Defender Series The Otterbox Defender has been the gold standard in device protection for years — and for good reason. Designed for rough-and-tumble use, this series of…
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  • Save Time and Hassle with Gas Hydraulic Spray Equipment

    Jake Jacobson
    29 Oct 2014 | 9:03 am
    Gas hydraulic spray equipment can be the perfect solution for contractors who are seeking a tool that will help them complete big jobs in less time, with fewer interruptions and less downtime. This type of equipment is intended to provide an easy and convenient way to apply elastomeric coatings or other sprayed materials quickly and efficiently. Perfectly suited for high-volume situations, the quick knock down connect pump lower design also allows you to remove and replace the pump in seconds, so you can keep the job moving without much downtime. These machines are designed to be…
  • Spray Foam Equipment: Benefits of an Integrated Reactor

    Jake Jacobson
    27 Oct 2014 | 9:14 am
    Spray foam contractors who are interested in using one handy setup that can save them time, space and money would probably want to consider an integrated reactor proportioning system. These machines were created with the needs of busy and budget-conscious professionals in mind, and can change the way your business operates. The integrated reactor design is one that combines an electric proportioner,diesel generator, and compressor into one convenient package. This innovative approach is a practical solution that saves contractors space, weight and money. By pulling heat from the engine to…
  • Roof Sprayer Can Add Valuable Years to Roof Lifespan

    Jake Jacobson
    24 Oct 2014 | 9:47 am
    Image courtesy of National Coatings A roof is one of the most critical parts of any structure. It serves as the main layer of protection that works as a barrier between the home or building and the rain, wind or other outside hazards that pose a threat to the property. Any weakness, damage or vulnerability in even a small section of the roof can lead to costly problems for the property owner, and also may put the people and possessions inside the structure at risk. So it makes sense that building a strong and durable roof and ensuring it stays in good shape is a high priority for many…
  • Complete Jobs Easily with Touch and Seal Foam

    Jake Jacobson
    22 Oct 2014 | 8:52 am
    As with any other type of construction or repair jobs, spray foam insulation projects come in all types and sizes. While often these can involve large areas and complicated jobs, sometimes a quick and easy fix is all that is needed. In these cases, a simple solution can be a lifesaver. Touch and seal portable foam kits are just what you need for these types of “quick hit” jobs. These self-contained spray foam dispensing systems are like a mini jobsite in a box. Designed to be portable enough to stash in your truck and take anywhere, these kits use specially-designed disposable containers…
  • Choosing the Best PMC Proportioner for You

    Jake Jacobson
    20 Oct 2014 | 9:44 am
    Proportioners are critical pieces of equipment for contractors, builders and other professionals who handle the application of sprayed materials such as spray foam insulation and coatings. These machines allow you to prepare and apply the materials in a quick, clean and efficient way. As with many other types of equipment, proportioners come in many different types of styles. Your selection(s) will depend upon a variety of important factors, such as the types of jobs you do, your budget and the specific features you want. Proportioners run the gamut from basic, simple models to high-tech and…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • What is Pile cut-off Level? Pile Foundation

    Saad Iqbal
    28 Oct 2014 | 1:01 pm
    Pile Cut-off level is the actual level at which the piles below pier are made to be of the same level. The concrete of pile is cut-off at the specified level (given in the specifications or drawings usually around 75 mm) while the steel is kept projected in-to the pile cap to make an effective bond between pile cap and piles.What is Pile Cut-off LevelWhy pile is trimmed or cut?For Piles casted in dry bore holes while using temporary casing, piles heads shall be casted to a level a bit above the specified cut-off so that, after cutting or timming, a sound concrete connection can be made with…
  • Download Structural Steel Designer's Handbook by Roger and Frederick Free [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    27 Oct 2014 | 12:08 pm
    Steel structures are considered highly effective in terms of light weight and high rise structures. They are more earth quake resistant and more long lasting. Steel structures needs more maintenance and care as compared with concrete structures.In advanced countries steel structures are preferred as compared to concrete structures. The availability of steel, types of cross-section required etc. dictates the feasibility of this building material or not.This book is a must to have book for steel structure designers and engineers. It includes everything from a to z definitions, formulas,…
  • Download Handbook of Engineering Hydrology by Saeid Eslamian [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    26 Oct 2014 | 2:24 am
    Hydrology is science of water, hydrology deals with occurrence, circulation of water and the distribution of water. It studies the way how water is circulated from sea to vapors then precipitation then infiltration, runoff and other similar activities that are taking place.This book titled “Handbook of Hydrology” includes bundles of scientific laws and observations from various journals and other research papers it is a must-have book for hydro-geologists, civil engineers, irrigation engineers, hydrologists etc.Download Handbook of Engineering Hydrology By Saeid EslamianHydrological and…
  • Story of a Civil Engineer

    Saad Iqbal
    25 Oct 2014 | 1:20 am
    Civil Engineers are simple, yet innovative, hardworking, human loving problem solvers. They work for day and night to build luxury and felicity to protect you from hardships of nature. They sacrifice their own wishes and their own luxury just to let you feel safe in this unsafe world.Here is a short story sent from a civil engineer working in the site as Site Engineer. You might get tears while reading it. But yet they all are stronger then the strength of steel they use in reinforcement.   Story of a Civil EngineerWe civil Engineers do not negotiate with nature.We do not compromise…
  • Download Handbook of Transportation Engineering by Myer Kutz [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    23 Oct 2014 | 12:17 pm
    Transportation Engineering is one of a significant part of infrastructure engineering and Civil Engineering. The progress of any country can be judged easily by the quality of standards employed in transportation engineering. With the advancement of technology and employing the modern generation computing device traffic engineering and traffic management has attained a satisfactory level of standard.This book titled “Handbook of Transportation Engineering” is a must-have book for all the engineers who are practicing in the field of transportation and logistics as well as students who are…
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  • Fee Fi Faux Finishes: The Where and How

    9 Oct 2014 | 11:27 am
        If you’ve ever looked around your house and sensed the blandness of it all, you might be interested in the ease and simplicity of faux finishes. A faux finish adds depth to a room with something as easy as an extra layer of paint. The beauty of faux finishes is that you can do them yourself. So pull out the paintbrushes and drop cloths—we’re about to learn where and how to add depth without the cost of new furniture or materials (besides paint, of course).   Types of Faux Finishes There are many different types of faux finishes out there. And it’s not just about…
  • How Do I Get a New Couch Without Spending Any Money?

    18 Sep 2014 | 3:55 am
        If you’re like us, you want to know the easiest—and cheapest—ways to keep your house looking cozy and chic. You’ve probably realized by now that it takes a lot more than paint. But it doesn’t have to cost a lot more than paint. If you’re on a tight budget—or you just like to save money—and need to change the look of your home, then check out these helpful blogs designed specifically for decorators who don’t want to spend much money.   Do It Yourself! One way to cut down cost is to cut out the middle man. That’s right, skip paying for labor and buy raw…
  • It’s Rough Painting a Room: When to Sand Between Coats

    16 Aug 2014 | 5:43 pm
        Whether you’re a professional painter or a weekend warrior DIY fanatic, knowing when to sand your coats of paint is an important piece of information. If you never sand, you’ll end up with a shoddy paint job. And if you always sand, you might ruin it! But there’s hope. Knowing when to sand and when to leave the sander in the garage can be the missing link to a perfect paint job. What’s the key? Let’s find out.   Roller Buildup Have you ever painted a wall and noticed that no matter how many coats you apply, it always looks bumpy or textured? What you’ve got is…
  • Painting Spaces: Remodeling the Bathroom Yourself

    14 Jul 2014 | 11:18 am
        Are you bored with your blasé bathroom? Are the sink and counter outdated and the walls a boring color? It’s summer, and a great time of year to give your bathroom a facelift—one that will match your sunny mood. But how to begin? Remodeling can be one of the most rewarding parts of being a homeowner, but knowing how to begin and plan are key for a smooth project. If you start knocking out walls and busting out sinks before you know what you’ll replace them with—or how much money you have to spend—you could strand you and your family without a toilet or (gasp!) a…
  • How to Take It Off: Tips for Removing Wallpaper

    12 Jun 2014 | 5:56 pm
        If you are like us and prefer the ease and beauty of painting your walls, then you are probably looking for ways to get rid of wallpaper left behind by the seller of your new house. Or maybe you added wallpaper yourself years ago and are tired of it now. For whatever reason you want to move on, you need to know how to remove the old wallpaper before you paint. And that’s why we’re here today—to give you the best tips on wallpaper removal, paving the way for a professional-looking paint job.   Prep Work Before you jump in, you need to count the cost—of tools, that…
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