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  • Ready to Print Your Next Building?

    Construction Law RSS Feed | JD Supra Law News
    Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:07 pm
    This past year I read an article on Forbes about the nascent 3D printing movement and a young man named Cody Wilson who literally printed himself a working gun....By: Wendel, Rosen, Black & Dean LLP
  • What a Beautiful House!

    Fine Homebuilding - All featured posts
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:18 am
    Posted by DebSilber Is beauty in the eye of the beholder, or in your home’s bones?
  • Hazards of a Hidden Oil Tank on Your Property

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

    Construction News -- ScienceDaily
    22 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It all comes down to bridging a gap. Researchers are helping companies develop new materials and products —- self-consolidating concrete columns and prestressed concrete bridge girders -- that bridge a physical gap. Many of those newly developed products are used in public works projects funded by federal, state and local governments, thus bridging a commercial gap.
  • Four ways to enable innovation in construction

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

  • Aid for third World Trade Center tower in doubt

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    The proposal for the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to help developer Larry Silverstein obtain financing to build  -More- How Photo Management helps businesses manage project images Photos from the jobsite are the most effective format for recording project issues. If a dispute occurs, retrieving your jobsite photos should be an equally effective, fast and easy process. While smart devices with cameras built in make it easy to capture project site photos, the sheer volume of images make it difficult to rename, organize and manage. Construction Imaging by Viewpoint can…
  • Calif. High-Speed Rail Authority issues final version of environmental report

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    The California High-Speed Rail Authority has issued the final version of its environmental report for the Fresno-Bakersfield  -More- 
  • DOD: Military construction spending to rise, then fall with possible new sequester cuts

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
     -More- 2014 AGC Contractors Environmental Conference This year's conference, June 12-13, 2014 in Arlington, Virginia is your chance to get up-to-date information on environmental compliance and sustainability issues. Federal agency representatives will be onsite participating in the conference - and ready to answer questions. Learn more and register.
  • NRG may proceed with the construction of $10B nuclear plant, feds say

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    NRG Energy can continue construction of its $10 billion nuclear plant project near Houston, according to the Nuclear Regulato -More- 
  • Major cities support EPA's Chesapeake Bay cleanup

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:50 am
    New York City, San Francisco, Baltimore, Chicago, Los Angeles and Philadelphia have teamed up to support the authority of th -More- 
 
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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Building stronger bridges: Structures lab fulfills private, public needs

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:28 pm
    It all comes down to bridging a gap. Researchers are helping companies develop new materials and products —- self-consolidating concrete columns and prestressed concrete bridge girders -- that bridge a physical gap. Many of those newly developed products are used in public works projects funded by federal, state and local governments, thus bridging a commercial gap.
  • New design for mobile phone masts could cut carbon emissions

    22 Apr 2014 | 8:33 am
    A breakthrough in the design of signal amplifiers for mobile phone masts could deliver a massive 200MW cut in the load on UK power stations, reducing carbon dioxide emissions by around 0.5 million tonnes a year. Researchers have designed an amplifier that works at 50 percent efficiency compared with the 30 percent now typically achieved.
  • Computer-assisted accelerator design

    21 Apr 2014 | 7:23 am
    Accelerator physicists are using custom designed software to create a 3-D virtual model of the electron accelerator physicists hope to build inside the tunnel currently housing the Relativistic Heavy Ion Collider at Brookhaven National Laboratory.
  • New material coating technology mimics nature's lotus effect

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:37 am
    Ever stop to consider why lotus plant leaves always look clean? The hydrophobic -- water repelling -- characteristic of the leaf, termed the "Lotus effect," helps the plant survive in muddy swamps, repelling dirt and producing beautiful flowers. Of late, engineers have been paying more and more attention to nature's efficiencies, such as the Lotus effect, and studying its behavior in order to make advances in technology. As one example, learning more about swarming schools of fish is aiding in the development of unmanned underwater vehicles. Other researchers are observing the extraordinary…
  • Floating nuclear plants could ride out tsunamis: New design for enhanced safety, easier siting and centralized construction

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

  • Minnesota recycler installs single-stream system

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Dem-Con Cos., Shakopee, Minn., has teamed up with San Diego-based CP Group to custom design and install a 20-ton-per-hour single-stream material recovery facility (MRF) at the company’s headquarters. The MRF, which began operating in November 2013, is housed in a new 60,000-square-foot building and has the capacity to process 275 tons of recyclables per day, providing surrounding communities the opportunity to participate in single-stream recycling, according to the company. Dem-Con’s MRF serves the Minneapolis/St. Paul area as well as greater Minnesota.   Additionally,…
  • CP Group adds new sales engineer

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The CP Group, headquartered in San Diego, has announced that Dale Walker has joined the company as a sales engineer.   Walker has an extensive background in shredding material to produce a product or fuel, along with biodrying and material handling experience. He brings 30 years of experience and expertise to the CP Group.    Walker says, “It is an honor and a privilege to be on the CP Team. I have always seen CP as the leader in the recycling market and leading the way in new technology in MRF [material recovery facility] systems. CP makes the cross over from recycling…
  • MSS Inc. celebrates 40 years of innovation

    21 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    The Nashville, Tenn.-based optical sorting equipment manufacturer MSS Inc. (formerly Magnetic Separation Systems) has announced its celebration of 40 years of developing and manufacturing optical sorting technologies, several of which are still use.    The company was founded in 1974 by physicist Garry Kenny. In 1976, MSS released what it says is the first commercially successful eddy-current separator, the PULSORT, which was used to separate nonferrous materials from municipal waste. Subsequent products included the BottleSort for plastic bottle resin and color sorting and the…
  • Making a proposal

    20 Apr 2014 | 9:00 pm
    Click here to read the Occupational Safety and Health Administration's (OSHA's) Notice of Proposed Rulemaking on Occupational Exposure to Crystalline Silica. Click here to access information on crystalling silica from OSHA.   Back to article
  • Construction jobless rate declines to seven-year low

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

  • Hot Products for May 2014

    23 Apr 2014 | 12:00 pm
    Compiled and edited by Connie Conklin From compact thermal imagers, rain louvers, transparent solar cells, chillers, and hand-held meters, we're showcasing the HVAC hot products both commercial and residential contractors will want to have! read more
  • Refreshing: Unico Serves Up 'Pints with Pete' Webinars

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:29 pm
    News from Unico Pete Williams and Unico have embarked upon a series of webinars designed to answer questions on a variety of HVAC topics. read more
  • The 'Main Thing' Matters Most in an HVACR Organization

    22 Apr 2014 | 2:00 pm
    by Mike Moore The 'main thing' is whatever you do to make your company successful or stand out from the competition or to motivate employees. Content Classification:  Influencer read more
  • Keys to Awareness & Visibility for Your HVACR Business

    22 Apr 2014 | 12:25 pm
    by Andy Fracica Marketing is wide in focus and it encompasses all areas of the business. Some companies are marketing driven meaning they have a marketing reason for everything they do, from the showroom to the service truck. Content Classification:  Influencer read more
  • HVAC Contractors Play To Win During 2014 International Roundtable Meeting

    21 Apr 2014 | 6:56 am
    This year's Service Roundtable meeting was not only packed with HVAC and Plumbing educational sessions, but also fun, as contractors shoot for success read more
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Polymer Binders have environmentally friendly formulations.

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

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

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

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

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

  • When The Tired, Poor, Huddled Masses Fought Back

    23 Apr 2014 | 6:35 am
    Financial Justice is the untold story of how a diverse group of progressive organizations took on the powerful financial lobby, pushed Congress to create a strong new consumer protection agency (The Consumer Financial Protection Bureau), and against the odds, won. Keys to the victory were Elizabeth Warren and a new umbrella entity called Americans for Financial Reform (AFR) led by two extraordinary organizers, Heather Booth and Lisa Donner. This very readable narrative by Larry Kirsch, an economist, and Professor Robert N. Mayer, a sociologist, begins after the 2008 election of Barack Obama…
  • Darren Walker, President, Ford Foundation

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

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

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

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

  • When the small details add up

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sobering Facts for Construction Safety Day

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:00 am
    Happy “Construction Safety Day” everyone!  James White of Maxwell Systems, has shared with me an infographic showing all sorts of data about construction fatalities. As you might expect,  falls are the #1 source of construction-site fatalities, followed by being struck by falling objects, electrocution, and being caught between objects, in that order.  Together, these “fatal four” make […]
  • We have beer! (Marketing Tip)

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

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

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

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

  • Educate Your Customers on Social Media? A Guest Post by Randy Patton

    Darren
    22 Apr 2014 | 3:08 am
    Being social on social media is no different then being social at a party. Get to know your friends and followers on ALL social media channels by listening to what they are saying. I see SO many contractors posting “stuff” that has nothing to do with their business and never commenting and engaging with their customers or other fellow contractors. It is very important to be proactive and social on social media, that’s why they call it ”social media” NOT social stuffy! Share things of value! It’s OK to be yourself part of the time, just not all the…
  • The Trouble With Websites

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

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

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

    Darren
    3 Apr 2014 | 4:56 am
    When you look at your site, you have to create a space that if an alien came down to Earth, needed a new kitchen or wanted siding done on her new house, she would know how to navigate your site. In other words… If it doesn’t help you sell, get it the hell off of your website! The post Spring Cleaning For Your Website appeared first on Contractor Websites & Social Media For Contractors.
 
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • LMN Sales and Support Closed for Good Friday

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

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

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

    admin
    10 Apr 2014 | 1:22 pm
    As you might have heard in the Media about this new internet bug (Heartbleed Bug) that is affecting thousands of websites we just wanted to give you some more information about it and notify our users that they are safe using our site. The Heartbleed Bug is a serious vulnerability in the popular OpenSSL cryptographic software library. This weakness allows stealing the information protected, under normal conditions, by the SSL/TLS encryption used to secure the Internet. Websites affected have the potential to have usernames and passwords stolen, credit card information and crucial account…
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    LMN Admin
    27 Feb 2014 | 2:26 pm
    Starting at 9pm EST and going to approximately 10pm EST, LMN will be down for routine maintenance updates.  Exact downtime may be less, but it shouldn’t be more than 1 hour.     The post NOTICE: LMN will be Down for A Quick Bit of Maintenance Tonight… appeared first on Landscape Estimating Software - LMN.
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    The Home Expert Network

  • Sources for Home Improvement News

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

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

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

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

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

  • The Safe Successful Modular Delivery

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

  • Sewer Contractor Fined for Trenching Hazards

    amcintosh
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:01 am
    OSHA has cited Kuechle Underground Inc. of Kimball, Minn., for failing to protect workers from cave-in hazards after an employee’s leg was broken when a trench wall collapsed during a residential sewer line installation. OSHA has proposed fines of $46,200 for the company, which specializes in sewer installation, and placed the company in the Severe Violator Enforcement Program.
  • OSHA Cites Paving Contractor After Worker Death

    amcintosh
    22 Apr 2014 | 8:03 am
    OSHA has cited K. Dolan Corp of Blairsville, Pa., with 17 safety violations, including nine serious, following the Oct. 22, 2013 death of a worker. Laborer Edward M. Ulicne and a foreman were inspecting the inside of a vacuum tank on an industrial vacuum truck at the contractor’s facility on Oct. 17. While operating the hydraulic controls to the rear door of the tank, the foreman closed the rear door, pinning Ulicne between the door and frame of the tank.
  • State Department Extends Keystone Review

    amcintosh
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    The U.S. Department of State released a statement Friday, indicating that it will extend its review of the proposed Keystone Pipeline Project as it waits for resolution in the Nebraska Supreme Court. In February, a Nebraska judge overturned the law that allowed Gov. Dave Heineman to approve construction of the Keystone XL pipeline through the state. The department will be using the additional time to review and consider the 2.5 million public comments it received, the statement says. 
  • March Construction Employment Increases in 38 States

    amcintosh
    21 Apr 2014 | 8:27 am
    Construction firms added jobs in 38 states over the past 12 months, while job gains leveled off between February and March, according to an analysis of federal data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). AGC officials said the ongoing year-over-year pickup points to the urgency of revitalizing and initiating programs to encourage workers and graduating students to get construction careers.
  • IPAF Summit Features Speakers, Awards

    amcintosh
    21 Apr 2014 | 7:42 am
    More than 200 people attended the International Powered Access Federation’s (IPAF) 2014 summit, held April 3 in Windsor, UK. The event featured a number of speakers, as well as an awards ceremony.
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    AEC Business

  • 10 Digital Ways of Project Communication

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

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

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

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

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

  • Hazards of a Hidden Oil Tank on Your Property

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

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

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

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

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

  • What does a small pool fence cost to buy?

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

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

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

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

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

  • Construction output shrinks 2.8% in February

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

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

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

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

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

  • How we can use less water when we build

    Skanska USA
    22 Apr 2014 | 5:12 am
    As increasing numbers of building owners realize that employing green strategies makes sense from both environmental and economic viewpoints, they’ve been creating and retrofitting their buildings with a variety of water-saving fixtures and systems – everything from waterless urinals to rainwater harvesting tanks. This has been the trend regardless of whether they are pursuing third-party green certification for their properties, as easy installations and management practices are all it takes to achieve the money and water savings. But construction-phase water – another large…
  • What’s it like building a New York City subway?

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

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

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

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

  • The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly, Pt. 2 – VGC

    Amanda
    22 Apr 2014 | 7:35 am
    Are you ready for the second edition of The Good, The Bad, and The Pugly? In this month’s post, we’re putting our focus on what is probably the most important room in your home: your bedroom. Few people realize just how necessary good bedroom design is, not just for the beauty of your home, but for your overall well being. When you’ve got a nice and cozy bedroom to rest in, you have the perfect place to rejuvenate your body and replenish your energy. If your decor gets in the way of that, you can end up a tired mess. Check out our examples of great do’s and don’ts for a restful…
  • Celebrate Spring with a Pastel Color Palette

    Amanda
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:45 pm
    We’re well into April by now, and if you haven’t revamped your home for the season, it’s about time! Why not try a fresh, spring-inspired palette for your new decor and design? Check out some of our favorite tips and examples below to see how spring pastels can make your home feel bright and renewed. Better Homes and Gardens This amazing kitchen is full of color, but it is so subtle that you’d never feel overwhelmed. A light powder blue coats the walls, while an invigorating shade of mint green adorns the cabinets. The two cool tones are light and similar enough to work like neutrals,…
  • How to Beautifully Display Collections

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

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

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

    Kendall Jones
    22 Apr 2014 | 1:02 pm
    It’s no secret that the construction industry is facing a skilled worker labor shortage. Over the past few months there have been a number of news articles published in both national and local media outlets regarding this topic and how it’s already affecting some areas of the country. How this happened should not be a [...]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of April 14 – 18, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    21 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of April 14 – 18, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are selected from the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Connecticut Enfield High School Expansion & [...]
  • 1st Quarter 2014 Construction Data Index

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

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

    Kendall Jones
    11 Apr 2014 | 3:00 am
    The Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) published a final rule in the Federal Register today updating their standard on the construction of electric power distribution transmission and distribution lines and equipment (29 CFR part 1926, subpart V) as well as adopting a new standard on electrical protective equipment (29 CFR 1926.97) which applies to [...]
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  • Ignoring These 5 Areas Can Sidetrack Your Safety Program

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    15 Apr 2014 | 2:56 pm
    By Richard Saint (Regulations cited in this article apply particularly to construction in the UK.) The standardisation of health and safety precautions is one of the biggest changes to hit working environments in recent times. While this is welcomed news, it doesn’t mean these new regulations are universally followed. Health and safety is crucial within […]Related Posts:Unnecessary and Deficient Safety Records Can Encourage Special OSHA AttentionUsing Tech to Deliver SafetyThe Sweet Spot in the BidsWellness Programs Offer Salvation From Creeping Health Care PremiumsUpdate: Wellness…
  • Construction to Follow Same Disability Reporting Rules as Everyone Else on Federal Projects

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    13 Apr 2014 | 3:13 pm
    When contractors and subcontractors working on federal construction projects do their next annual Affirmative Action Reviews they will need to track disability status on the Office of Federal Contract Compliance Programs form that applies. These firms will also have to ask applicants, new hires and their employees to let them know if they have disabilities […]Related Posts:Fleet Managers Bullish on Enforcing Cell Phone Use RestrictionsPerspectives on the Construction Economic Reporting NumbersCommercial Sector Finds Crystal Ball in ABINonresidential Construction Backlog Drops, Signaling…
  • A Perfect Storm of Encouraging Construction Economic News

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    8 Apr 2014 | 1:51 pm
    There is a perfect storm of good news brewing for construction and it stands in stark contrast to the perfect storm of bad news from 2008. FMI, a provider of management consulting, investment banking and research to the engineering and construction industry, predicted 18% growth in single-family residential and 27% growth in multifamily. The firm expects […]Related Posts:Are We Getting A Glimpse of a Home Building Recovery?Green Roof Proves Its ValueGlobal Construction News: Algeria, South Korea and TanzaniaEmbracing The Good News ConspiracyBuilders Too Have Their Bailout Dreams
  • Sustainability of Steel in Development and Construction

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    31 Mar 2014 | 5:03 am
    The steel industry continues making inroads in advancing sustainable construction and because of its high strength-to-weight ratio steel is being used on more and more projects. Today there are even steel buildings with low to zero carbon ratings. It’s the efficiency of steel as a resource that lends to its credibility as a sustainable product. […]Related Posts:Steel Framing Gets PanelizedStunning Commercial Properties Showcase SustainabilityUntangling Those Fall Arrest Harness LinesNew Elevator Hoisting Technology Takes Tall Buildings to the Next LevelA Tale of Border Fences and…
  • Trends in Photovoltaic Roofing

    dtcraig@constructioninformer.com (Duane Craig)
    28 Mar 2014 | 12:11 pm
    By Eric Kirberg Current market trends show the roofing industry is staying up-to-date with green technology. One such technology is photovoltaic roofing. It is as appealing to home owners as it is to larger commercial businesses for its environmental and economic benefits. When photovoltaic (PV) roofing debuted on the commercial market in 2005, adoption was slow […]Related Posts:Roofing Study Due This Quarter Identifies Growth OpportunitiesKirberg’s Helios Monitor Delivers PV Output Data in Real TimeConstruction Materials Up in Q4 2011, But Moderating in 2012Cool Roofs Actually…
 
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  • Exclusive Spectra Shower Panels – Starting @$219.99

    Hiral Patel
    23 Apr 2014 | 7:39 am
    Redesigned Shower Panel Systems by Bairain – Elegant European Contemporary Designs & Colors New contemporary stylish shower panel systems by Bairain, available in 3 variations, a complete shower panel system with faucet, a retrofit replacement model for shower head or hand shower and finally a retrofit replacement concealed installation. Each is available in a Open Install or concealed installation. Shower panels come in a variety of styles and finishes along with features and attributes that can enhance your shower experience for the better. Enjoy these luxuries while benefiting…
  • Home Remodeling Projects That Will Increase Your ROI

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

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

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

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

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    20 Apr 2014 | 3:49 pm
        Xeri-what? In the gardening world, xeriscaping is one of the best ways to conserve water. The root word, xeric, means that something (like a plant) requires very little water–not that you can make a photocopy of it. While the concept of xeriscaping is very popular in dry areas of the west and southwest United States, it is a fairly new idea for Middle Tennesseans. However, with drought becoming more common as climate change affects the planet, wise homeowners will learn to conserve water using the core principles of xeriscaping.   Benefits of Xeriscaping First,…
  • Turning Your Home into a Gothic Castle

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    5 Apr 2014 | 9:47 pm
        In the Middle Ages, gothic architecture was the primary design for public buildings. An evolution from the classic Roman style, Gothic architecture featured high pointed archways, ribbed vaults, and flying buttresses. Although we tend to connect this style of architecture with cathedrals, it was also used for town halls, castles, universities, and private homes. That’s right–you can include gothic features in your home, just like our European ancestors.   A Man’s Home is His Castle Although most gothic style architecture in Tennessee is relegated to…
  • Bring The Great Outdoors In

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    28 Feb 2014 | 8:54 am
        From patios, walkways and outdoor kitchens, natural stone is the obvious choice for outdoor living spaces. However, stone can also provide an unexpectedly beautiful look indoors as well. Indoor stone features on the floor, fireplace, or in the bathroom can take a home from cookie cutter to custom creation. Best of all, since stone is the most durable of building materials, you will enjoy the fruits of your labors for years to come.   Stone Fireplaces  Chilly nights and winter winds call for snuggling in front of a roaring fire. Just as a blaze will add warmth to the air,…
  • Series #2 – Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Outdoor Kitchens

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    12 Feb 2014 | 10:15 pm
        Recently, we launched our series on Creating Your Outdoor Living Space with a post on designing your perfect patio. Today’s discussion is for homeowners with a taste for something extra special. Outdoor kitchens are the ultimate in outdoor living, and are a great way to entertain guests and bring the family together for a meal.   Cook Up A Plan As HGTV Remodels points out in their extensive planning guide, you’ll need to start by evaluating what type of kitchen works best for your lifestyle and your yard. Perhaps you have been drooling over online photos of high-end…
  • Series #1 – Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Perfect Patios

    tuhrockpl4c33s
    15 Jan 2014 | 8:59 pm
        In our recent post, Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: An Introduction To Your Dream Yard, we briefly touched on six different outdoor living areas and features that make excellent additions to undeveloped backyards. Today, in our first follow-up, we shine the spotlight on creating and decorating perfect patios. So, grab a cup of coffee, head outside and curl up in an Adirondack chair and envision your new patio.   Create a Plan It’s easy to get excited about enjoying your new patio, and even the building phase can be fun. But, the planning stage is crucial to getting…
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  • Home Construction Loans (Part 2 – Terms for Construction Loans)

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

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

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

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

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

    osbadmin
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:37 am
    Overdriven fasteners can affect the shear capacity. Here are the important things to look for and if necessary corrective actions required as outlined by the APA. The following is a suggested guideline for determining if overdriven fasteners will affect the shear capacity of diaphragm or shear wall construction. 1. If any case described below is met then no reduction in shear capacity needs to be taken. If nails are overdriven into panels by 1/16” during construction under dry conditions (moisture content less than 16%). If no more than 20% of the fasteners around the perimeter of the…
  • How to Market Green Building Features to Home Buyers

    Nikki
    23 Apr 2014 | 8:14 am
    While home builders are interested in green features, they may be unsure of those that give them the most bang for their energy-saving buck. If you are selling homes with energy-saving features that buyers don’t understand, you are missing a valuable opportunity. Avoid technical language Part of the problem is that many home buyers aren’t educated about the language construction professionals use when describing the energy features of homes. When asked what consumers think about high-performance homes, Suzanne Shelton, President of the Knoxville-based Shelton Group had this to say:…
  • Identifying Bottlenecks in your Onsite Workflow

    Nikki
    21 Apr 2014 | 1:42 pm
    Competition means that every construction company and trade needs to run as efficiently and effectively as possible in order to deliver on time and under budget. When your builds take too long, you eat into your profit margins. In order to ensure that your jobsite is working efficiently, you should have in place systems and processes that save you time and money and that ensure that work flows smoothly. Jobsite management systems Start by observing the entire construction process from start to finish. Having a monitoring system in place will help you to identify where improvements can be…
  • Raised Heel Trusses Improve Energy Efficiency While Reducing Costs

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

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