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  • One Approach To Proposal Debriefs That You May Not Have Considered

    Help Everybody Everyday
    Matt Handal
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Later this month, I’ll be giving out a book outlining the exact tactics some of the most successful firms in the world use to dominate the competition. Last week, I shared one of my favorite excerpts from the book. Today, I want to share another excerpt that illustrates an important point. While this book is largely about proposals, it also gives you the answers for everything from capture planning to presentations and debriefs. It’s really a total solution. And I can’t wait to share it with you. But for now, here is another excerpt: —Begin Book Excerpt— One…
  • Reaching New Construction Clients with Email

    Whirlwind Steel's Blog
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    While you may begrudge the ever-accumulating number of emails in your inbox, email marketing is one of the most successful methods of online marketing. In fact, companies who use best email marketing practices see as much as a $41 return for every $1 invested. That's a pretty respectable ROI. Wouldn't you like to get in on that kind of profitability? Reach New Construction Clients Using Best Email Marketing Practices Interestingly, email is an exemplary of the catch phrase, Oldie but Goodie; it has been around before the advent of other social media platforms,…
  • How Can Your Proposals Compete Against Big Firms?

    Help Everybody Everyday
    Matt Handal
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    How can my proposals compete against the big firms? That’s a question people always ask me. And I get it. I work for a small firm (under 50 people) that competes with firms who have tens of thousands of people. And we certainly win more than we lose to those guys. But here’s the thing. No client says: “Let’s choose XYZ Firm because they have __ thousand people and __ offices!” That just doesn’t happen.  The reason these firms are so successful at winning competitive procurements has nothing to do with their size. It’s really the other way around.
  • Kiewit-Turner Sets Deal to Finish Work on VA Hospital

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    18 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Under the terms of a pact whose details still must be finalized, the VA will take advice from the Corp and Kiewit-Turner will work on a cost-reimbursable basis.
  • Scientists resolve spin puzzle

    Construction News -- ScienceDaily
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Scientists have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic devices.
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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • Self-repairing subsea material

    16 Dec 2014 | 5:24 am
    Embryonic faults in subsea high voltage installations are difficult to detect and very expensive to repair. Researchers believe that self-repairing materials could be the answer. The vital insulating material which encloses sensitive high voltage equipment may now be getting some 'first aid'.
  • New 'electronic skin' for prosthetics, robotics detects pressure from different directions

    10 Dec 2014 | 9:14 am
    Touch can be a subtle sense, but it communicates quickly whether something in our hands is slipping, for example, so we can tighten our grip. For the first time, scientists report the development of a stretchable 'electronic skin' closely modeled after our own that can detect not just pressure, but also what direction it's coming from. The study on the advance could have applications for prosthetics and robotics.
  • Scientists resolve spin puzzle

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:06 am
    Scientists have helped to uncover the properties of defects in the atomic structure of magnetite, potentially opening the way for its use in producing more powerful electronic devices.
  • Demolition planning as part of construction: Reuse and recycling of parts improves the eco-efficiency of buildings

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:37 am
    With good planning, it is possible to promote the reuse of construction and demolition waste and thereby both conserve the environment and save on material costs. In the future, it will be even more important to assess how buildings can reasonably be repaired or demolished into parts, together with how the remaining service life of the parts can be utilized in new applications. The best method is to implement demolition planning already as a component of construction design.
  • Missing ingredient in energy-efficient buildings: Trained people

    2 Dec 2014 | 10:24 am
    More than one-third of new commercial building space includes energy-saving features, but without training or an operator's manual many occupants are in the dark about how to use them.
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • Broadband Anti-Reflection Coatings come as standard options.

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:31 am
    YAG-BBAR broadband coating provides <1.0% reflectance per surface over its 500&ndash;1,100 nm wavelength range and absolute reflectance of <0.25% where it is optimized at 532 and 1,064 nm. Offering extended UV performance, VIS-EXT BBAR reduces reflection from 350&ndash;700 nm and provides <0.5% average reflectance per surface over its 350&ndash;700 nm range. Both broadband anti-reflection (BBAR) coatings are offered off-the-shelf on PCX lenses and can be applied to any uncoated optics. This story is related to the following:Anti-Reflection Coatings |
  • Stainless Steel Paint withstands up to 1200°F.

    28 Nov 2014 | 5:31 am
    Adhering to cast and machined metal surfaces, Dampney Thurmalox® 282 will not discolor, chip, crack, or peel at temperatures up to 1,200°F. High-heat, one-component silicone coating comes in aerosol spray cans as well as quarts and gallons for application by brush or roller. In addition to industrial heaters, vents, conveyors, compressors, piping, and turbines, paint is suited for automotive exhaust manifolds, BBQ pits, smokers, and grills. This story is related to the following:Adhesives and SealantsHigh Temperature Paints | Metal Coating Paints | Coatings | High Temperature…
  • Coating Service utilizes Zinc Phosphate and Bonderlube.

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Providing fully automated basket or barrel processing, Zinc Phosphate and Bonderlube line achieves tight industry standards for CR, HR, and AL substrates. Line features 6,000 lb rated hoists and processing tank parameters of 68 x 60 x 56 in. Additionally, line has capabilities of acid station if needed, along with option for part to be dried or dipped in rust preventative oil, depending on customer requirements. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Zinc Phosphate Coatings |
  • Anti-Reflection Coating helps ensure laser scanning accuracy.

    11 Nov 2014 | 5:30 am
    Providing thin and uniform adherence to surfaces, Helling 3D Scan Spray eliminates pooling and clumping that negatively impact scan data accuracy. Spray also washes off with water. With average particle size of only 2.8 microns, spray produces exact-copy object scans with near-zero reflectivity interference. This story is related to the following:Paints and CoatingsSearch for suppliers of: Anti-Reflection Coatings
  • Black Oxide System uses non-polluting, low-temp process.

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Available in integrated programmable hoist and tank line, TRU TEMP® CNC Finishing System automatically processes iron and steel components with black oxide finish. Standard, 110-gal tank line system produces 4,000&ndash;6,000 lb of finished parts per 8-hr shift. Program of CNC system can process up to 3 part loads concurrently, for maximum throughput of 5 loads/hr. TRU TEMP finish produces durable satin-black magnetite coating just 0.5 microns thick with no effect on material hardness. This story is related to the following:Black Oxide Equipment & Supplies
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    3 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    SMART BUILDING AND CONSTRUCTION NEWS provides weekly updates on finance, government action and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new care models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods that consider industry standards and more efficient models of construction.Next-Gen Buildings: reporting the shift in technology that will lead to higher levels of security, comfort, and sustainability, including “building in the cloud,” crowd-sourced design, energy performance modeling, and more.Industry News: latest projects,…

    3 Dec 2014 | 12:00 am
    SMART CITIES NEWS provides weekly updates on finance, government action and new technology, as well as the latest case studies on successful new care models. Our package of news from around the world includes:Best Practices: management methods that consider new infrastructure developments for sustainability, quality-of-life, and economic growth.Next-Gen Cities: reporting the shift in complex municipal network deployments for traffic control, smart parking, emergency services, public lighting, and more.Industry News: latest projects, regulations, and more.At no cost, subscribers can opt-in to…
  • Modular Construction Requires a New Way of Thinking - An Interview with Jaimie Johnston

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    This is the opinion of Jaimie Johnston , Director, Bryden Wood Limited. In this interview Jaimie describes best practice in commercial modular construction, outlines the pitfalls that companies must be aware of and gives us his key takeaways from his experience in the field.Request Free!
  • The Latest Research in Modular Construction -- Interview with Mohammed Arif

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Cultures, business models, skills, logistics and every other aspect of construction will be affected by the trend towards modular construction and important research is being done in each of these areas to smooth the transition and light the way.To get a handle on these trends in research, Construction IQ spoke with Professor Mohammed Arif Professor of Sustainability and Process Management at Salford who outlined the major areas of research. Professor Arif also makes the argument that companies need to be more willing to pass on the savings of modular construction to their customers.Request…
  • Top 5 myths and misconceptions about modular construction

    12 Nov 2014 | 12:00 am
    Modular construction seems to offer solutions to many of the problems being faced in commercial construction in the 21st Century. At its best, it is cheaper, more environmentally friendly, quicker and more flexible than traditional methods.Its adoption has been slow, mainly due to an undeserved bad reputation and persistent myths and misconceptions about its use. Here, Construction IQ takes a critical look at these misconceptions.Request Free!
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    HomeStars - News and Updates

  • Best of 2014 – Are you one of the best?

    Andrea O
    2 Dec 2014 | 12:03 pm
    As we approach the holiday season and the end of the year, it signifies another annual time of celebration, the HomeStars Inc. Best of Awards season!!! Each year, hundreds of companies across Canada are celebrated as HomeStars’s Best and we are excited that the announcements of who was the best in 2014 are just around […]
  • The One of a Kind Show 2014 – Want to Go?

    Andrea O
    27 Nov 2014 | 7:34 am
    If you’ve got a long list of people to buy gifts for this December but aren’t in the mood for the mall or online shopping, the One of a Kind Show is for you! It’s the largest consumer craft show in North America, featuring the works of over 800 exhibitors. The One of a Kind […]
  • Tuckpointing 101

    Andrea O
    29 Oct 2014 | 11:54 am
    Tuckpointing is a trade many people are unfamiliar with until they need it done on their house. It involves repairing the worn out mortar between the bricks of your house and it is the restoration aspect of the masonry trade. Not every masonry company is specialized in tuckpointing, so you need to make sure you […]
  • Shingle Warranties 101

    Andrea O
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:49 am
    Shingle warranties can often be confusing and come with many stipulations. Danny Areia from City 1 Roof Works has shared the basics  homeowners should know about warranties on asphalt shingles. 1)   Do you research before picking a shingle: Make sure you know about the manufacturer of the shingle and the limitations on the warranty Manufacturers have […]
  • Roofing 101

    Andrea O
    10 Sep 2014 | 8:00 am
    The roofing industry is largely unregulated so homeowners must be vigilant when choosing a company. Gordon Bailey from Academia Roofing & Attics offers up a checklist of items homeowners should keep in mind when hiring someone for the job. 1)   Don’t hire if they haven’t looked in your attic A good roofer will check your […]
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    Construction Law in North Carolina

  • Turning Manure into megawatts (Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    As I noted in my last post, Withers & Ravenel’s Swine Farm Biogas Renewable Energy Project, located in Bladensboro, North Carolina, is one of this year’s ACEC Excellence in Engineering Award winners. I asked the folks at Withers & Ravenel to give share more about their project, how it was conceived, and how it was […]
  • Of Bridges, Biofuels, and Buildings (Engineering Excellence Awards)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    4 Dec 2014 | 6:55 am
    As I noted earlier this week, the ACEC of North Carolina’s Engineering Excellence Awards gala was held last month. 13 amazing projects were awarded recognition, including projects involving environmental and coastal issues, higher education facilities, and government projects. Each project was important, unique, or challenging in some manner. In my next post, I will highlight […]
  • Bats, Water, Soil, and Bridges- an Engineer’s dream

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    1 Dec 2014 | 1:38 pm
    Want to know how bats may effect your engineering plans?  Want to hear about cool new bridges?  Read on. Over the past month, I’ve had the pleasure of attending two events hosted by the North Carolina Chapter of the ACEC (American Council of Engineering Companies).  The first of these was the Joint Transportation Conference, held in […]
  • Don’t Let Construction Problems Become Construction Disputes (guest post)

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    29 Sep 2014 | 6:00 am
    To start our week off right, today we have another important article from guest blogger Christopher G. Hill, LEED AP.  Chris is a Virginia Supreme Court certified mediator, construction lawyer and owner of the Richmond, VA firm, The Law Office of Christopher G. Hill, PC.  He authors the Construction Law Musings blog where he discusses legal and […]
  • Wake County Justice Center- a LEED Silver Project done right!

    Melissa Dewey Brumback
    25 Sep 2014 | 2:54 pm
    Yesterday evening, I had the privilege of attending the Triangle USGBC’s  “Talk & Walk” at the Wake County Justice Center.  The 576,996 square foot Justice Center was completed 6 months early and over 30 million under budget.  (The final cost, including soft costs, came in at ~$141,000,000).  Now that’s what I call a LEED project done […]
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    Darren | Slaughter

  • Contractor Marketing Using Blogging to Increase Leads, Traffic & Conversions

    11 Dec 2014 | 3:54 am
    What good is a blog full of interesting articles if no one reads it? If you’ve checked your web analytics and noticed that your web traffic hasn’t increased one bit since you started posting, you may feel tempted to throw in the towel. In fact, you’re probably wondering why we’re always talking up blogs so much. Well, if you’re not getting more web traffic, leads, or jobs as a result of your content, I’ll tell you right now what the problem is. You’re not marketing your content or at least, not marketing it well enough to make a difference. The first…
  • Your Cyber Monday Website Review Offer

    30 Nov 2014 | 3:00 am
    Happy Sunday! I hope you’ve had a few enjoyable days off with the family devoid of long lines and waiting. In fact, since tomorrow is another popular shopping day, albeit online, we’ve decided to have a “Cyber Monday” promotion ourselves. If you’ve been sitting on the fence about getting a new website or going into 2015 with your existing rig, let me help you with a website review. 1. Website Review-Normally $199, we will review your website for just $99! To learn more about our website reviews, click here. Now, you can go into 2015 with the same…
  • How To Think About Marketing Going Into 2015

    20 Nov 2014 | 4:06 am
      Yesterday I was driving along thinking to myself, “How many contractors, large, small, medium, whatever, would still be around today, if they advertised during the good times?” What I mean by that is, I hear a lot of guys and girls say “Hey listen, we don’t need to advertise, we’ve got so much business and referrals, and we’re packed.” And I understand that. Referrals are a complement to the good work that you do. But it’s kind of like the ant and the grasshopper fable with advertising and marketing in that you have to continually store…
  • 5 Advantages of Social Media Advertising vs. Traditional Advertising For Contractors

    18 Nov 2014 | 4:01 am
    No matter how much you may have thought the Internet was a fad, you were wrong. The Internet over a period of time, has literally invaded all aspects of our lives and has now become the main channel of communication for everyone. With accessibility becoming easier in the form of smart phones, tablets and Wi-Fi hotspots, reaching people has never been easier for contractors. With the proliferation of constant access to the Web, online marketing has become the go to source for advertising budget allocation. This has given birth to a new trend which is known as Social Media Marketing since it…
  • 10 Tips to Great Contractor Logo Design (Infographic)

    13 Nov 2014 | 6:09 am
    You might be just starting out, you might be looking to rebrand. Either way you are staring at a blank page. You are no closer to a logo than you where yesterday but you need to get your shit together and get this done. Well, here are 10 logo commandments you can use. If you are still stuck, let us know, we can help. Click the image to make it larger. The post 10 Tips to Great Contractor Logo Design (Infographic) appeared first on Darren | Slaughter.
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • Quantification is for so many more than just the estimators

    Lee Mullin
    24 Nov 2014 | 6:59 am
    Quantification in Navisworks has now been available for around 18 months and during that time I've shown it to many customers, whilst there are obvious benefits for the estimators and quantity surveyors, the people who seem most excited about the possibilities are not in those teams, why? A typical Bill of Quantities can take weeks to build, verify and validate, this can be dead time for planners, site managers and buyers who need to make rough estimates in the meantime of quantities needed for purchases, transportation needed for planning and many more tasks on any construction project.
  • BIM Brunch Interview

    Lee Mullin
    20 Nov 2014 | 10:57 am
    I recently participated in an interview with BIMcrunch, a UK industry resource. I talk about my favourite buildings and where I see value in BIM, and some of my favourite Twitter accounts, take a look at the link below: -
  • Autodesk University 2014 is upon us! The force is strong with this one!

    Lee Mullin
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:45 am
    It's not long to go now, 2 weeks and we'll all be at the Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas for Autodesk University 2014! The good news, alot of you have signed up for my class, a follow up to the popular Star Wars themed class in 2012, "CO6968 - The #EmpireBIMcrew Strikes Back", talking about the renovation of the Millennium Falcon using BIM 360, Point Layout and Recap. So many of you have signed up, it's now full, so thank you, can't wait to see you there! For those specialist fabrication contractors there's the MEP & Structural Fabricator Forum on the Monday,…
  • Extending The BIM 360 Ecosystem With Component Content

    Paul Walker
    3 Nov 2014 | 7:30 am
    When we launched the new BIM 360 Layout app and feature within BIM 360 Glue, we also updated Autodesk Point Layout to accommodate the capability of easily pushing and pulling models with layout points to and from the BIM 360 Glue web environment.  These updates put the finishing touches on a digital, model-driven ecosystem that connects the point creation process in the office directly to the construction layout process on the jobsite.  (See the workflow diagram here:  And with the connections between client, cloud…
  • Win a trip to Autodesk University 2014!

    Julie Jacobson
    30 Oct 2014 | 7:29 am
    LOVE BIM? Tell us how you are pioneering BIM in your organization for a chance to be one of four lucky winners to attend Autodesk University 2014 in Las Vegas! Check out what some of our BIM champions are saying right now: Daniel Brandenburg of Integrated Building Solutions tells us “The advanced capabilities that BIM provides allows me to coordinate with all disciplines a lot easier, faster, and more accurately. This product has saved my company and I, lots of time! I could see BIM becoming the standard. Keep up the awesome work Autodesk!” Dennis Hopper of GE Healthcare says “Our model…
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    Landscape Estimating Software - LMN

  • Incentive Systems for Landscape Foremen (Goals + Bonuses)

    LMN Admin
    15 Dec 2014 | 1:26 pm
    Create Incentive Systems for Your Landscape Foreman Using Clear Goals and Metrics.   Last month we looked at how to set goals for sales + design staff.  Using their rewards as the foundation for their sales goals, the sales goal, and why we need it hit, is crystal clear for both parties.  You need your staff to hit a certain sales goal to be worth the wages you pay them.  Good people want to work for a company that can afford them opportunities for success.   With a clear sales goal, their success is your success, and vice versa. But selling the work is the easy part.  It’s…
  • How Much Should My Landscape Designer or Salesperson Sell?

    11 Nov 2014 | 9:40 am
    How to set profitable sales goals for landscape designers or landscape sales staff. Profit isn’t everything when it comes to running a business, but if your business isn’t making consistent profit then over time, your passion will give way to frustration. As a very small business – just you and a few helpers – it’s easier to stay on top of everything. You know how much your jobs sold for and you have a good idea of how much time you can afford to spend before you need to move on to the next one. But as your business grows in size, and staff, more and more owners lose touch with that…
  • Two workshops coming to Ohio! [Cleveland + Columbus]

    7 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    Back again for 2 dates in Ohio! Landscape Management Network along with OLA and Ohio CAT are going to show you how easy it is to take the guesswork out of running your landscape company. Day One Give us just 6 hours and we’ll make building your 2014 operating budget one of the simplest, but most effective activities you can do for your business.  You’ll bring some simple financials, and then use them to learn exactly what you need to sell, how productive your staff is, how to calculate your breakeven on any job, and what you could be selling/generating if your company ran more…
  • 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…
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    Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular

  • James Hook & Co – The Little Modular Building That Could

    Glenn Cort
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:28 am
    I can’t recall how long it’s been since the Hook family called Triumph Modular for a modular building that could house their retail space on Atlantic Ave, the popular spot called James Hook & Co. This following a fire that forced them to find a fast and temporary solution for their temporary building to get their doors back open for business.  … Read More... The post James Hook & Co – The Little Modular Building That Could appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • 3 good reasons to join the U.S. Green Building Council

    Cliff Cort
    10 Dec 2014 | 12:41 pm
    I had the opportunity to attend this year’s Greenbuild conference in New Orleans, while there I heard the concept of the TRIPLE BOTTOM LINE mentioned. Initially, it sounded like “tree hugger talk”.  Actually, I googled it  . . .  It is a serious and an increasingly recognized concept.    First Bottom Line is “Profit”. … Read More... The post 3 good reasons to join the U.S. Green Building Council appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • 4 Essentials for Maintaining a Healthy Portable Classroom

    Linda Bee
    4 Dec 2014 | 11:20 am
    Portable classrooms are an inexpensive yet efficient addition, which many schools are opting for rather than traditional classrooms. Although portable classrooms are cost-efficient, they will only last a fraction of their expected lifetime if they aren’t cared for and maintained correctly. By following a few modular maintenance tips, not only will your classroom stay in top condition, but it will also maximize the student’s education!… Read More... The post 4 Essentials for Maintaining a Healthy Portable Classroom appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • Owners want you to know about Modular Construction

    Glenn Cort
    26 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    What is modular construction anyway? Owners want you to know about Modular Construction.  Is it building 90% of a building off site and putting it together on site ?  Is it use of volumetric 3D boxes to form large chunks of modular buildings to be installed at site or is it use of smaller component parts or is it both things ?  … Read More... The post Owners want you to know about Modular Construction appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • 5 Simple Acoustic Upgrades to Your Classroom

    Linda Bee
    24 Nov 2014 | 12:03 pm
    Creating a classroom that is conducive to learning – what a simple goal. But many modular classrooms of the past failed to pay attention to the problem of unwanted noise pollution making it difficult for students to hear the teacher. These five simple acoustic upgrades will help turn your classroom into a teaching tool, not an impediment to an appropriate learning environment.… Read More... The post 5 Simple Acoustic Upgrades to Your Classroom appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
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    Help Everybody Everyday

  • Trying To Get It All Done When You Know You Can’t

    Matt Handal
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:06 pm
    In this episode, I have a frank conversation with, full-time professional, father, and part-time podcaster, Cesar Abeid about dealing with all your commitments, the struggle of trying to get it all done, and how he found the right system to help him. Along the way, we discuss how our approaches to this problem meet and diverge. We share the tools that help us get through the day. Cesar also shows us why you don’t have to take a cookie cutter approach and how someone can customize a productivity system that works for them. Shownotes: Getting Things Done Cesar’s Conversation With David…
  • The Ultimate Proposal Writing Manual Launched Today (What Happens Next Will Inspire You)

    Matt Handal
    30 Nov 2014 | 8:49 am
    Over 2,700 warriors in the Help Everybody Army now have The Magic Of Winning Proposals. To give you some perspective, a business book that was bought by that many people would be a New York Times best seller. But I gave it out for free (and you can still download it from the email I sent last week). Today, this proposal writing manual officially launches to the world. And it might just stand as the biggest thing I’ve done and quite likely the biggest launch of a book in our industry’s history. Thanks to many partners, over 153,000 people will be receiving a free copy of this book…
  • One Approach To Proposal Debriefs That You May Not Have Considered

    Matt Handal
    16 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Later this month, I’ll be giving out a book outlining the exact tactics some of the most successful firms in the world use to dominate the competition. Last week, I shared one of my favorite excerpts from the book. Today, I want to share another excerpt that illustrates an important point. While this book is largely about proposals, it also gives you the answers for everything from capture planning to presentations and debriefs. It’s really a total solution. And I can’t wait to share it with you. But for now, here is another excerpt: —Begin Book Excerpt— One…
  • Proposal Ghost Stories: How To Spook Your Competition

    Matt Handal
    9 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    Last week, I told you about a game-changing book about proposal writing that I obtained the rights to. I also told you that later this month I’ll be giving it out free to the entire Help Everybody Army. But today, and over the next two weeks, I want to give you an advanced sneak peek and share some of my favorite excerpts with you right here on The first excerpt illustrates the tactical nature of this book. And this particular section hit home with me when I was first reading it. Here it is… —Start Book Excerpt— Proposal Ghost Stories…
  • How Can Your Proposals Compete Against Big Firms?

    Matt Handal
    2 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    How can my proposals compete against the big firms? That’s a question people always ask me. And I get it. I work for a small firm (under 50 people) that competes with firms who have tens of thousands of people. And we certainly win more than we lose to those guys. But here’s the thing. No client says: “Let’s choose XYZ Firm because they have __ thousand people and __ offices!” That just doesn’t happen.  The reason these firms are so successful at winning competitive procurements has nothing to do with their size. It’s really the other way around.
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    Affordable Building Concepts

  • Aluminum Patio Covers

    7 Dec 2014 | 6:53 pm
    Are you thinking of adding an aluminum patio cover to your home? A new patio cover is one of the most affordable home improvement projects for home owners. Affordable Building Concepts patio covers provide many benefits and years of pleasurable use.Aluminum patio cover by ABCPatio Covers Extend Living Space ‑ You can bring the comforts of the indoors outdoors with a new patio cover! Patio covers can be easily installed practically anywhere to add on comfortable living space. You can convert an old deck into a relaxing get‑away. Needing another kitchen? Create a patio kitchen under your…
  • Add an Amazing Garage!

    16 Nov 2014 | 4:31 pm
    Are you in the market for a new garage? At Affordable Building Concepts, garages are our main focus here in Middle Tennessee.Garages have been our primary line of business throughout our company’s history. We bring a solid reputation for quality work and customer satisfaction. We are proud of the work we do and we stand behind it. Our garages are built according to your city’s codes. All permits are secured through Affordable Building Concepts Garages, for your protection.What types of garages do we offer? All types including:Single Car GarageTwo Car GarageThree + Car GarageTwo-story…
  • Fun for the Imagination!

    2 Nov 2014 | 5:05 pm
    With the holidays fast approaching, are you searching for the perfect gift for your son or daughter? Affordable Building Concepts in Nashville has the perfect solution! We offer quality DIY playhouse kits that range anywhere from a cottage to a firehouse!The Victorian MansionOur children’s playhouses give your kids a place to get away while giving you the extra space you need and add to the beauty of your home and backyard! At Affordable Building Concepts, we also offer premium Gorilla wooden swing sets at prices you can afford. We also offer options for professional installation…
  • 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.
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  • IronPlanet, Cat Auction Services to Merge

    19 Dec 2014 | 2:54 pm
    IronPlanet and Associated Auction Services LLC, an alliance of Caterpillar and several of its independent Cat dealers that operates under the name of Cat Auction Services, have signed an agreement to merge the two companies. Once combined, IronPlanet and Cat Auction Services will provide buyers and sellers of used heavy construction equipment an auction experience backed by technology, services and equipment expertise.
  • NCCCO to Develop Pile Driving Rig Operator Certification

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:56 am
    In partnership with the Pile Driving Contractors Association (PDCA), the National Commission for the Certification of Crane Operators (NCCCO) is developing a new certification for operators of dedicated and purpose-built pile driving rigs.
  • Caterpillar Vice President to Retire

    19 Dec 2014 | 8:46 am
    Caterpillar Inc. announced the retirement of Vice President Jim Johnson and the appointment of a new vice president, Raymond Chan, who will replace Johnson. After more than 37 years with Caterpillar, Jim Johnson, vice president with responsibility for the Asia Pacific Distribution Services Division (APDSD), has elected to retire, effective Feb. 1, 2015.
  • IPAF Issues One-Millionth PAL Card

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:58 am
    The International Powered Access Federation (IPAF) has issued the one-millionth PAL Card (Powered Access License or Powered Access Licensed-Registration in North America) under its voluntary, industry-led operator training program which is certified by TÜV as conforming to ISO 18878. To celebrate the one-millionth PAL Card ever issued, IPAF is calling all valid PAL Card holders to enter a prize drawing. The PAL Card expires after five years. There are currently more than 500,000 valid PAL Cards worldwide.
  • Legislation Increases DERA Funding by 50 Percent

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:41 am
    The federal budget recently signed into law by President Obama includes a 50 percent increase in funding for an effective clean air program that reduces emissions from older diesel powered engines, vehicles and equipment, according to the Diesel Technology Forum. Funding for the Diesel Emissions Reduction Act (DERA) under the current funding package will increase from $20 million to $30 million.
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    AEC Business

  • The Wonder of Self-storage Units and How Different Industries Can Utilise Them

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    17 Dec 2014 | 4:34 am
    The self-storage industry has enjoyed something of a renaissance in recent times, thanks primarily to innovation and... The post The Wonder of Self-storage Units and How Different Industries Can Utilise Them appeared first on AEC Business.
  • How Job Roles Impact Software Purchasing Decisions

    Aarni Heiskanen
    15 Dec 2014 | 11:08 am
    What drives construction industry firms when they are seeking new software? To answer the question, Software Advice... The post How Job Roles Impact Software Purchasing Decisions appeared first on AEC Business.
  • The Importance of Construction and Engineering Insurance for Independent Firms

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    11 Dec 2014 | 2:42 am
    In recent months, the construction industry in the UK has experienced huge growth, and alongside a boom... The post The Importance of Construction and Engineering Insurance for Independent Firms appeared first on AEC Business.
  • What Does the Future Hold for UK Contractors – Infographic

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:34 am
    Infographic Courtesy of Quantic UK The post What Does the Future Hold for UK Contractors – Infographic appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Getting Social Media Right: 10 tips for Contractors

    <a href="">Steve Stretton</a>
    7 Dec 2014 | 10:45 am
    The battle for protecting your personal privacy online is a ceaseless one. Social media sites such as... The post Getting Social Media Right: 10 tips for Contractors appeared first on AEC Business.
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  • Responsibility of an Owner of Contaminated Site

    8 Dec 2014 | 9:56 pm
    A contaminated site is a property which has above the permissible limit of contaminants in its soil. Such a property is not only dangerous to the property inhabitants but also poses threat to the safety and health of the neighboring area. Hence, it is the responsibility of the owner of a contaminated site to ensure removal of an existing oil tank on the property and carry out land remediation work. For Exceptional Cases There are certain cases where the removal of the oil tank is not feasible. Its removal may damage the structural integrity of the house or the nearby constructions. In such…
  • Choosing the Right Commercial Oil Tank Removal Company

    25 Nov 2014 | 9:44 pm
    There are many oil tank removal companies in the Fraser Valley and Lower Mainland area. Finding the best commercial oil tank removal can be quite tricky! One needs to be sure that the service provider that they hire is simply the best in terms of service quality, safety assurance and reasonable priced. If you are looking for the best bet when it comes to hiring a oil tank contractor in your area, consider the following points for sure: Expertise and Experience: It is important to know the number of years the company has been in the business. If they have worked for over 5 years, they have the…
  • Oil Tank Removal New Westminster-What it takes?

    4 Nov 2014 | 1:26 am
    What is the first think that comes in your mind when you find an oil tank buried on your property? If it is oil tank removal, you are on the right track. If you take it lightly, then you need to think broadly. There are multiple reasons why you should remove an oil tank from your property. Let us have a look at the various factors you need to know for oil tank removal in New Westminster. Determining the Cost Factor Homeowners who have found an oil tank buried on their property generally feel worried about the cost of oil tank removal in New Westminster. Every time, it is not necessary that an…
  • 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…
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    North Coast Packaged Homes Tales from the Trenches

  • What services for obtaining a permit are included in the sale of the framing package?

    6 Dec 2014 | 3:54 pm
    A common question especially when one is looking for property is what services are included and what services are available but at an additional charge. "I have located a 5 acre parcel with an existing well.  Please describe to what extent you are able to assist including lot preparation, septic system, and any permits in addition to factory house and foundation." When searching for land it is important that one works with a seasoned agent who is familiar with construction and land sales.  If you have simple specific questions I am always happy to help.  As part…
  • Is It Time to Start Your Plans??

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:42 pm
    Are you planning on starting construction in June?  If so, you are not alone so obtaining a building permit can take longer than expected – so let’s review some time frames. Planning is the place to start inquiring about what you can do (or not do) on your property.  Setbacks and lot coverage are basic requirements but many planning departments (especially city planning departments) are now requiring design review.  It is critical to find out if this is required for your project as the design might be dictated by architectural guidelines.  Additionally, there…
  • Five Months After the Delivery of a Brentwood Model

    31 Aug 2014 | 4:38 pm
    And the progress continues on up in the Gold Country on this modified Brentwood Model:    And per the client: This is the first of what looks to be three days for the Taylor team to add stone to the house front.  Tahoe River Rock is the name of the cultured stone we selected for our house.  Individual stones are smeared with an ample heap of mortar and then it is squished onto the wall.  As Brenda realized today, "it's an art form" to apply these stones.The Taylor team got it done a bit faster than expected, just 2 1/2 days and we really like the…
  • Three Months After the Delivery of a Modified Brentwood

    22 Jun 2014 | 10:38 am
    This package was delivered three months ago and the client sends updates all of the time."After 7 days of painting, no telling how much paint, the workers have departed at last today, mid-afternoon.Now the house is ready for interior finishing, electrical to begin early next week.  It's time to order the cabinets and pick out & purchase the flooring. We will first focus on finishing the outside; stucco, stone work, decking & railings to make it complete and safe for visitors.It's also time to order the garage door, so we can stage our interior materials and bring over our…
  • Two Weeks after the Delivery of a Modified Brentwood Model

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

  • How our Stone34 project demonstrates sustainable leadership

    Skanska USA
    18 Dec 2014 | 5:50 am
    When Brooks Sports, the running shoe and apparel company, needed a new global headquarters and a Seattle-area home for its growing staff of shoe designers, marketing experts and product managers, it turned to Skanska USA. They wanted their new home to reflect the company’s commitment to wellness and sustainability and our team worked with Brooks to develop an incredibly compelling vision for its new home. That vision has come to life at Stone34, a 129,000-square-foot building along one of Seattle’s most popular multi-use trails, enabling Brooks to craft a new trailhead and stronger…
  • Why I-4 is the ultimate

    Skanska USA
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:41 am
    There’s much to be excited about with Skanska’s latest public-private partnership project, Florida’s I-4 Ultimate. There’s our joint venture’s $2.3 billion design-build contract that encompasses widening and reconstructing 21 miles of interstate highway, and building or modifying an incredible 140 bridges. I-4 Ultimate provides our team with a 40-year operations and maintenance agreement. Also, I-4 stands to be the largest and highest-ranked project certified by the Envision sustainable infrastructure rating system. This massive project is needed because I-4 – a crucial…
  • Stretch and Flex for the holidays

    Skanska USA
    10 Dec 2014 | 5:11 am
    Every day, Skanska employees and trade partners perform our Stretch and Flex warm-up routine to help prevent soft-tissue injuries and otherwise get mentally and physically ready to work safely. It’s an important part of our commitment to an Injury-Free Environment®.  As we prepare for the holidays, our team pulled together a few new Stretch and Flex routines, designed with the holidays in mind. From present wrapping to wood chopping and football watching, our holiday version of Stretch and Flex will keep you healthy and safe through the New Year!
  • How you can help improve how building information is shared

    Kyle Hughes
    8 Dec 2014 | 5:28 am
    PDFs are the de facto format for digital construction documentation. Yet, there is no set standard for how to produce PDFs for a project. This is an industry-wide problem. Every firm and every team are creating their own process, and that is creating big inefficiencies for both construction and building operation. Now, one group is trying to bring the industry together to improve the outcome and efficiency for all. At Skanska USA we spearheaded the creation of the Construction PDF Coalition – made up of both designers and constructors – in order to address this issue head on, with the…
  • On NPR, our MacAdam Glinn shares the latest airport trends

    Skanska USA
    1 Dec 2014 | 6:29 am
    Today’s airport terminals seek an upgraded passenger experience. From yoga studios to farmer’s markets and sky decks, airports across the country are upgrading and renovating their facilities to better meet passenger needs, reduce inefficiencies and improve the overall travel experience. Recently, MacAdam Glinn, national director of our Aviation Center of Excellence, spoke to NPR’s Robin Young about the latest trends in airport design and construction. As Glinn notes, it’s an exciting time for American airports, with these improvements helping to reconnect people to…
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    Vancouver General Contractors

  • How to Make Your Home a Happy Place

    Roxana Baiceanu
    11 Dec 2014 | 8:26 am
    Home is happiness, always. Or at least it should be, and if you don’t feel this way toward your home, then it’s probably time to do something about it. If you think this means you will need to start some big renovation projects, fear not! Your house can become a happy, inviting home while undertaking just a couple of smaller projects. You can let the renovation experts take care of the tasks or you can put your own skills to work – no matter which path you choose, these 5 renovation ideas are guaranteed to make your Vancouver home a cheerful one. All pictures come from Vancouver houses…
  • 10 Beautiful Tile & Natural Stone Designs

    Nufloors Canada
    13 Nov 2014 | 1:30 pm
    1. Compete your Living Room look with these Natural Stone Tiles from Daltile. “Photo features Franciscan Slate in Desert Crema 18 x 18 and 12 x 12 field tile on the floor. Fireplace features City Lights in Barcelona 1 x 1 mosaic.” 2. Looking for that Hardwood look? Check out this option also from Daltile. “Photo features Orchard Grey 12 x 48, 8 x 48, and 6 x 48 field tile in a staggered pattern on the floor.” 3. Add some elegance to your walls with Ceramic or Porcelain tiles from Tierra Sol. “Photo features elegant textured style. Angora Kalahari is a glazed high definition…
  • Bedroom Decorating Ideas

    Meagan Dieroff
    12 Sep 2014 | 11:17 am
    Your bedroom is your sanctuary, a place where you can relax at the end of the day and just be yourself. So if it doesn’t feel like one, it’s time to make it so. Decorating your bedroom should be a fun and personal activity, but it doesn’t always feel that way. Here are some ideas for getting started. 1. Lighting The right kind of lighting can make your bedroom feel soothing and peaceful. Some overhead light fixtures can be too bright, so consider small bedside lamps instead. A wall-mounted one next to your bed is perfect for when you want to read. Other strategically placed lamps can…
  • Pinterest Picks of the Day – Must Pin Porches

    Nelly Prljaca
    4 Sep 2014 | 2:12 pm
    It’s the middle of summer now, the perfect time to enjoy the outdoors. You and your family will certainly want to make the most of your backyard, whether it’s by hosting lively barbecues or simply soaking up some sun on a cozy lounge chair. This can be done so much more comfortably when you’ve got a great porch! The pins below feature some of our favorite porches on Pinterest! For a cool coastal style that’s just a bit bohemian, all you have to do is draw inspiration from the porch above. A rocking lounger and two comfy couches make it an inviting place for relaxation, while the…
  • Which Hardwood is right for me; Solid or Engineered?

    Nufloors Canada
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:58 am
    So you are renovating, and you have always wanted hardwood flooring . How do you decide between solid or engineered hardwood? Each has their pros and cons and the decision can be a tough one if you don’t know the difference between the two. Here are some of the particulars of both solid and engineered hardwood, and a couple key points to think about before making your decision. Solid Hardwood Solid hardwood is a solid piece of hardwood from top to bottom. Solid hardwood thickness can be 3/4″ to 5/16″ and can be used on grade or above grade. Solid hardwood is best used in family…
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  • November ABI Marks Seven Straight Months Of Increased Design Activity

    Kendall Jones
    17 Dec 2014 | 5:12 am
    The AIA Architecture Billings Index was released today and despite the score dropping from 53.7 to 50.9 in November, the score indicates a small increase in design activity for the month because any score over 50 indicates an increase in billings over the previous month. This makes seven consecutive months of increases in architecture billings […]
  • Take Our Biggest Challenges Of 2015 Survey & Enter To Win A FREE Halo Light™

    Kendall Jones
    16 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Every construction company will have to face and overcome some kind of challenge in 2015. Tell us the two biggest challenges your construction company will face next year and you will be automatically entered into a drawing to receive a FREE Halo Light™ from Illumagear.
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of December 8, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    15 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Check out Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of December 8 – 12, 2014. We’ve selected three projects from each state in our coverage area based on the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our clients.
  • Maglev Elevator Cuts Cables, Aims For New Heights & Directions

    Kendall Jones
    10 Dec 2014 | 9:19 am
    ThyssenKrupp is developing a maglev elevator that would eliminate the need for cables and would allow cars to travel up, down and sideways. The new system would allow for multiple elevator cars to operate in the same shaft. The first system is scheduled to be tested in 2016.
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of December 1, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    8 Dec 2014 | 4:00 am
    Check out our “Hot Projects” for the week from our extensive database of commercial construction projects that features everything from the early planning stages to currently bidding to bid results and contract awards. We’ve handpicked three projects from each state in our coverage area based on the projects most searched during the previous week by […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • Liability Arises for California Contractors Hiring Temporary Help (Duane Craig)
    11 Dec 2014 | 4:57 am
    Come January 1, 2015, construction contractors operating in California who hire temporary workers can be held liable if the labor contractor doesn’t supply workers compensation, or doesn’t pay wages owed to a temporary worker. It doesn’t matter if the contractor didn’t have knowledge of violations, or even if the contractor and labor supplier are joint […]
  • Unruly Mobile Apps Spell Trouble for Privacy and Business Security (Duane Craig)
    24 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    New university research reveals many free mobile apps don’t always play nice when it comes to mobile application privacy. That spells difficulty for AEC businesses and is part of the reason only a small percentage of information technology decision makers say they are truly confident the security technologies they have in place will do the job. […]
  • Do Your Social Media Policies Put a Chill on Employee Rights? (Duane Craig)
    17 Nov 2014 | 5:19 am
      The National Labor Review Board’s recent dismissal of an employee’s complaint shows the challenge in creating a social media policy that protects the company while also allowing employee expression. AEC companies must carefully construct and regularly review social media policy to stay in sync with the legal landscape. In the recent case, the NLRB ruled […]
  • Construction Forklift Buyer’s Guide (Duane Craig)
    10 Nov 2014 | 5:04 am
    By Cheryl Bikowski A forklift used at one construction site might not be the best for another. Specific construction tasks vary, as do weight and size needs. Terrain and environmental factors can make a difference when it comes to the effectiveness of your forklift. Here are five items to consider when selecting the best forklift for your specific […]
  • The Dangerous Allure of Falling Cloud Computing Costs (Duane Craig)
    6 Nov 2014 | 5:27 am
    The cloud’s attractiveness increases for construction firms with each round of cuts in cloud computing costs. That can entice businesses to expand cloud presence, or switch providers, sometimes at their own peril. Even those finding cloud computing costs low enough for a first move to the cloud, must not let the price carry more weight than […]
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    123 Remodeling

  • 123 Remodeling Serves Surrounding Suburbs of Chicago

    123 Remodeling
    19 Dec 2014 | 12:59 pm
    123 Remodeling has been serving Chicago for over ten years. Although we do many projects in the city of Chicago and the downtown area, we also serve the entire Chicagoland area and surrounding suburbs as well. So even if you don’t live directly in the city, don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Areas that we cover Northfield Buffalo Grove Highwood Wheeling Evanston Glencoe Glenview Highland Park Kenilworth Lincolnwood Morton Grove Niles Northbrook Skokie Techny Wilmette Winnetka And More… From kitchen remodeling, bathroom remodeling, and basement remodeling, to tuck…
  • Bathroom Remodeling Trends 2015

    123 Remodeling
    15 Dec 2014 | 10:04 am
    Interior design styles are always evolving and changing. With 2014 coming to a close, let’s check out some new bathroom design trends for 2015 and beyond. Here’s a look at some bathroom trends for this past year. What new styles will we see? What bathroom features will become popular? What’s going out of style? Here’s a look at what patterns we’re noticing in bathroom remodeling these days. Countertops As with kitchen trends, we’re noticing a slight decrease in granite counters in bathrooms as well. Expect to see a rise in other natural stone counters, such as quartz.
  • 123 Remodeling Joins Windy City Live for a Holiday Surpise

    123 Remodeling
    10 Dec 2014 | 8:24 am
      Amanda’s year started out with the unfortunate tragic death of her husband, Craig. They had only been married for 16 months when Craig suffered a heart attack on their way home from vacation. Amanda’s best friend Kelly wanted to end this year with a holiday surprise for her. Windy City Live teamed up with 123 Remodeling to help Amanda this holiday season. After her husband’s death, Amanda wanted nothing more than to finish her husband’s dream of remodeling their new home. But she needed a little help finishing their bathroom. To help her out, Home Depot and…
  • The Ultimate Guide to Condo Remodeling

    123 Remodeling
    3 Dec 2014 | 9:12 am
    123 Remodeling is happy to announce the launch of our first ebook – The Ultimate Guide to Condo Remodeling. If you’re interested in remodeling your condo, this ebook is for you. The ebook is thirty-two pages long, and contains all the information you need to know before getting started with your condo remodeling project. Here’s a summary of what you’ll find in this book. Getting Started Planning for your condo remodeling project can be complicated, and there are many factors to consider before you begin. Condo remodeling projects offer many interesting challenges…
  • 123 Remodeling Wins Talk of the Town Award 2014!

    123 Remodeling
    1 Dec 2014 | 10:03 am
    Once again, 123 Remodeling has won the Talk of the Town Award for Excellence in Customer Satisfaction. We are happy to accept this award for the third consecutive year — for 2012, 2013, and 2014. We look forward to continuing that trend in 2015 as well. Thank you to all of our customers who helped us win this award. The Talk of the Town Award is decided by ratings of customers online, so we couldn’t have done this without your support. 123 Remodeling is committed to providing excellent customer satisfaction in our home improvement & remodeling business. It’s no surprise…
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    MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing

  • How to Install Metal Roofing – DIY Guide

    Metal Roofing Pro
    30 Nov 2014 | 4:39 pm
    Intro: There are numerous high quality, cool metal roofing systems and profiles offering an energy efficient and Eco-friendly green roofing alternative to conventional asphalt shingle roofs. Today, homeowners can choose from a wide range of materials and systems including aluminum, galvanized and galvalume steel, zinc and copper. modern residential and light commercial metal roofing systems […] The post How to Install Metal Roofing – DIY Guide appeared first on MetalRoof.Info - All about Residential Metal Roofing.
  • Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About

    Metal Roofing Pro
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:35 pm
    A notion that installing a “tin” roof over your house may seem old fashioned, or be somehow associated with the unattractive tin roofs on industrial warehouses, could not be further from the truth when it comes to modern metal roofing. – Tin metal roofs are some of the oldest and most reputable roofing systems in […] The post Tin Roof Pros and Cons – What Metal Roofing is All About appeared first on 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.
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  • When Is a Good Time for a Deck?

    17 Dec 2014 | 2:31 pm
        We would say, “Anytime!” but we know that doesn’t fly here in Middle Tennessee. You can’t install a deck in January with a smile on your face because you’re either wet or cold. However—and this is surprising—winter is actually the best time for building a deck. So even though you might not think of winter as a good time for building, well, anything, read on to find out why you should change your thinking.   The When Adding a deck is a great way to extend your square footage without costing an arm and a leg. Of course, that means your extra “room” can only…
  • Series #8—Creating Your Outdoor Living Space: Water Features

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:54 pm
        Last time, we talked about adding a pool to your backyard landscape. Today, we’re going to breeze past the pool debate and move into a discussion on the ease and beauty of adding a water feature. And we’ve got one word for you: ambience. Decorative coy ponds, outlying waterfalls, and sparkling fountains serve one main purpose, and that is to make sure your landscape has the feel of a living, moving presence. Moving water can transform your outdoor patio into a backyard paradise.   Bubbling Fountains Do you like to bird watch? Your best bet is to install a fountain…
  • The 4-1-1 on Fences

    12 Nov 2014 | 6:48 pm
        Does a quaint picket fence line the edge of your yard? Perhaps decorative stacked logs? Whether your fence is decorative like these or functional like chain link, you probably have it for one reason: to express the boundaries of your property. If you don’t have a fence, you don’t know what you’re missing. And that’s ok. But knowing what fences do—and which types work better with different stone—will keep you in the landscaping loop and ready to keep your property protected.   Types Bottom line, fences are made out of 5 main materials: Wood Wrought iron Chain…
  • 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…
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    Norbord - North American Products Blog

  • Sheathing Problem with Staples

    17 Dec 2014 | 7:51 am
    I’m seeing more and more staples used to fasten roof sheathing and it is causing problems. Not because staples don’t work but because the wrong size staple is being used or the staple spacing in incorrect. When the wrong staples or the wrong staple spacing is utilized, it causes problems for builders, roofers and of course the sheathing manufacturer because that’s who gets called first when problems occur. Some framers think the holding power of a staple is equal to that of a nail; wrong! It takes twice as many staples to hold a roof or wall sheathing in place than it does when you use…
  • The Real Cost of Callbacks

    16 Dec 2014 | 7:14 am
    The construction market is competitive and contractors have to work with very small margins in order to make a profit while remaining competitive. When callbacks occur, those margins are deeply affected and may put the future of your construction company at risk. Understanding the true cost of callbacks will mean that your crew members understand that taking time to do things properly and double checking their work may take a little longer, but it saves you money in the long run. A callback is when a client from a job you have already completed has a problem that you need to solve because it…
  • Dealing with Negative Online Reviews of your Construction Company

    15 Dec 2014 | 6:39 am
    We all know how invaluable a recommendation from a trusted friend is in finding new work for constructions companies. In fact, many companies rely on word-of-mouth to get ongoing business. By the same token, a bad review or unhappy customer can really do a lot of damage, especially now that social media allows both positive and negative reviews to reach a much wider audience and pop up every time someone searches your company name. A 2011 Harvard study showed the huge impact that a good review from online business review site, Yelp, could have. A one-star increase could grow profits in the…
  • Critical Nails for Wall Sheathing Installation

    11 Dec 2014 | 11:35 am
    Far too often builders and framers say “it’s just wall sheathing” and don’t pay enough attention to how sheathing is installed. Slapping it up and saying “good enough” can lead to some very expensive repairs that can damage a builder’s reputation. More often than not, it is improper nailing of the sheathing that causes problems such as wavy siding. It goes without saying that all the nails are important but there are areas where correct nailing patterns are especially critical. The most critical nails are at the corners and along edges in contact with the framing. Nails at the…
  • Prevent Expensive Call Backs for Squeaky Floors

    9 Dec 2014 | 6:40 am
    If you are getting callbacks for uneven or squeaky floors, make sure that you are correctly spacing your OSB subflooring panels. Wood expands or contracts with changes in moisture conditions and without proper spacing, the panels can push together and this causes the edges to lift which, in turn, causes the squeaks and bumps. A quick look at your subflooring panel stamps will give you an indication of the spacing required by the manufacturer. Some T&G panels require a light tap to ensure that the tongue and groove are properly locked. A light tap will still leave adequate spacing for…
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  • Top 10 Ice Dams Prevention Products

    18 Dec 2014 | 12:57 pm
    The winter is here (yet again) and in many places there have already been over 6 feet of snow. That means ice dams and roof leaks. Preventing Ice Dams is a difficult task for homeowners and roofers alike. Here are some of the best products that you can use to eliminate or minimize ice dam roof damages. If you are a DIY homeowner, you can buy and install most of these products yourself, or hire a contractor to help you combat ice on your roof. Before we go into practical ways to stop ice dams, let’s take a quick look at what causes them, and the essential steps that must be taken to…
  • Metal Roof Shingles – Homeowner’s Guide

    18 Dec 2014 | 9:49 am
    Your home is your most prized possession, and no other roofing material can keep it better protected than metal shingles. For discerning homeowners, who want to make a long term investment into their home, and to be sure that they are getting a premium material, metal shingles are a top choice. While they come at an initially high price, metal shingles offer an unbeatable array of advantages when compared to other roofing materials. Benefits of Metal Roofing Shingles Superior durability and resistance to extreme weather conditions Metal shingles are built to withstand the most adverse weather…
  • Black Friday 2014 Deals for Contractors and Homeowners

    27 Nov 2014 | 11:44 am
    Here are some of the best Black Friday 2014 tools sales available from Home Depot, Lowe’s, Harbor Freight Tools, Sears and online retailers. You won’t find deals like this for another 12 months (until 2015). Best Lowe’s Tool Deals: Here are some of the best deals highlights, but there are many more! Get up-to $150 off DeWalt tool sets Save up-to $90 off Bosch cordless power tools Save $50 off Porter Cable 20V Lithium 2PC Drill & Driver Set with 2 batteries sale price – $ 99 (33% off) – this is a GREAT deal – I bought my Impact Driver for a $100 Get…
  • 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,…
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  • A Guide to Selecting your Dream Bathtub – Cost & Installation Details

    Remodeling Guru
    30 Nov 2014 | 5:51 pm
    Well, it’s getting really cold out, with Winter officially here, and I must say there is no better way to get warm and cozy than taking a nice long soaking in a comfy bathtub! So are you a bath junkie, looking for a new beautiful tub to soak in? It is easy to dive into […] The post A Guide to Selecting your Dream Bathtub – Cost & Installation Details appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Waterproofing Your Basement and Incorporating Finishing Touches

    Remodeling Guru
    9 Nov 2014 | 6:27 pm
    Once you decide to turn your basement into a cozy livable space, the hard part is figuring out how to plan for, prepare, and start the actual basement refinishing and renovation process. Basements of most homes are dark spaces with awkward layouts, water seepage problems, lack of ventilation, electricity, plumbing, metal beams and many other […] The post Waterproofing Your Basement and Incorporating Finishing Touches appeared first on - Remodeling Image: Ideas, Tips, and Practical Advice.
  • Top Basement Remodeling Trends & Ideas for 2014-2015

    Remodeling Guru
    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?

    Remodeling Guru
    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 Guru
    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.
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  • Foundation consolidation: DIY

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:51 pm
    After last month’s column on various lengthy and legal aspects I would like to concentrate on some D.I.Y. (do it yourself) know how, this can be interesting and we encourage our readers to participate with their own experiences which we will publish. But before we continue I have had an email from an Electrical contractor […]
  • When there’s a dispute.

    8 Dec 2014 | 6:34 pm
    You can help to avoid a dispute by taking the time to go through your contract thoroughly, and by getting all agreements in writing. However, due to the complexity of building work, disputes can still arise. If a problem occurs, you should first try to resolve it yourself. Contact your tradesperson, explain the problem clearly […]
  • Inspecting when the builder uses your property

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:38 pm
    When the Trades person or Builder uses you property:- When you are having work done on your home, make sure you come to some agreements about how your property is to be treated. It is a good idea to place these agreements in writing before works begins. Set down things in your contract like:-             […]
  • Inspections and access to the site

    25 Nov 2014 | 11:32 pm
    INSPECTIONS AND ACCESS TO THE SITE:- During Construction the building surveyor from the local council may check from time to time that the works is being done according to council regulations. However this does not ensure that the work being done is in accordance with the terms of the contract. To ensure that you are […]
  • Terminating a building contract

    24 Nov 2014 | 12:50 am
    WHEN IT IS NOT ENTIRELY THE TRADES PERSONS OR BUILDERS FAULT:- If The delay in obtaining the licence and other official approvals is caused by you or by both of you or by something beyond the control of either of you, then there are several option. 1) The contract can remain as is or both […]
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  • How FieldLens Integrates With Navisworks

    Daryl Lang
    19 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Many FieldLens customers are also Navisworks users. If you’re among them, you may be interested to know you can make FieldLens even more powerful by integrating it with Navisworks. Navisworks gives you powerful, actionable information about where clashes exist, what items are clashing, and visualizations of what’s in the way. Armed with that information, teams can work out solutions. FieldLens works with Navisworks to help your team track, assign, and solve building model clashes. It’s easy with the FieldLens Navisworks plugin. Once you install the plugin, you’ll be able to…
  • America’s Infrastructure Gets a Digital Report Card You Can Touch

    Chris Watson
    18 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    The American Society of Civil Engineers recently added data from 2014 to their online report card grading America’s infrastructure. In addition to web version updates, the AEC further refined the report card’s mobile app for iOS and Android. Here are just a few of the unique features of the mobile versions: Touch interface The first time you open the app you’re greeted with this screen: The app’s emphasis on touch-based interaction makes navigating sometimes complex data less intimidating to users. Multimedia Each entry on different sectors of American infrastructure gives users…
  • Is Hempcrete the Next Green Building Hero?

    Angela Hurni
    17 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Over the summer, an L.A. County couple obtained what is believed to be the first permitted use of hempcrete in California for the construction of a residential house. If the adage, “As California goes, so goes the nation,” is true, then our nation’s construction industry might see an increase in the use of hempcrete. So what’s the buzz about? About Hempcrete Hempcrete, the woody core (or hemp ‘shives’) of industrial hemp mixed with a lime-based binder and water, is a natural, sustainable, easy to work with building material used for construction and insulation. The Pros…
  • 10 Tips for Organizing a Successful Coordination Meeting

    Josh Lanzara
    16 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    Josh Lanzara has 10 years of construction experience in New York City as a Journeyman and Foreman Plumber with Plumbers Local 1, and is currently pursuing his degree in Labor Studies.  Many site managers forgo some of the basic steps that can lead to a successful coordination meeting. The result can be a frustrating, unproductive meeting, which can in turn endanger the success of the entire project. Here are 10 steps to help you avoid that fate: 1. Set the right tone. Meetings should start around 9 or 10 a.m. Meetings should be held on site, once a week, and be run by the general…
  • Get your Crew to Own their Jobsite Safety

    Angie Mansfield
    15 Dec 2014 | 6:00 am
    According to a U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics report, overall construction fatalities are down 36 percent since 2006. The bad news? Construction still posted more fatal work injuries than any other sector last year. Though these tragedies are few and far between, there are things you can do to prevent them. Getting your team actively involved in jobsite safety is one of them. Create a Safety-Conscious Atmosphere Construction jobsite safety begins at the top. You can start by incorporating safety procedures into other company documentation, such as training materials. Management should…
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    Intech Equipment & Supply

  • Reinforce Roof Surfaces with Coating Rigs

    Jake Jacobson
    19 Dec 2014 | 10:10 am
    Image courtesy of DAS Products, Inc. A roof is one of the parts of a home or building that can be subject to the most stress and strain, and as a result is often one of the first parts to show wear and tear. Even if a roof isn’t that old, it may still have experienced areas of damage, especially if it has suffered through some major storms or extended periods of harsh weather. This isn’t a situation that should be allowed to continue, so it needs be addressed as quickly as possible. A weak or compromised roof can leave the entire structure vulnerable to wind or water damage or other…
  • Buy or Trade Used Spray Foam Machines

    Jake Jacobson
    17 Dec 2014 | 8:03 am
    For contractors on a limited budget, it can sometimes be a challenge to obtain the equipment necessary to complete jobs quickly (or agree to do them at all). This can present a frustrating quandary: you cannot get the money to get new equipment until you are able to finish as many jobs as possible, and yet realistically you need certain pieces of equipment in order to set up your job site. One solution is to buy used equipment, which is a more affordable alternative. But you don’t want to take a chance buying this essential equipment from just any random seller. This will after all serve as…
  • Roof Sprayer Can Help in Creating Net Zero Homes

    Jake Jacobson
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:04 am
    Net-zero is a term that many people likely haven’t heard before, at least not until recently. It seems to have entered the building and green living lexicon almost overnight, and yet now it has become one of the hottest buzzwords in environmentally conscious building techniques. Simply put, a net-zero home or building is one that produces as much energy as it consumes, thus negating (or at least evening out) its environmental impact from an energy usage standpoint. The U.S. Department of Energy officially defines a net-zero building as one “that is so energy efficient that a renewable…
  • Spray Foam Equipment Helps Commercial Properties

    Jake Jacobson
    15 Dec 2014 | 7:46 am
    Image courtesy of National Coatings While homeowners are always concerned with protecting their properties and making them more comfortable and energy efficient, those are issues that are also a high priority for owners or managers of commercial properties, as well. For commercial property owners or managers, their buildings are often more expansive—and their expenses are likely much more significant. This means that every structural or construction decision must be weighed heavily, and choices must be made with cost efficiency and operational improvements as the ultimate goals. This is…
  • Contractors Rely on Hennes-Johnson Spray Equipment

    Jake Jacobson
    12 Dec 2014 | 8:42 am
    Roofing contractors who are looking for durable equipment that won’t let them down can rest easy if they choose Hennes-Johnson roofing equipment. Hennes-Johnson is a respected and trusted manufacturer of spray foam application equipment for roofing projects. They are known for delivering high-quality, technologically advanced equipment that contactors can rely upon to get the job done right, as quickly and efficiently as possible. They also have proven a strong dedication to ensuring maximum safety while allowing contractors to achieve peak efficient and deliver results that impress…
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    Civil Engineering Blog

  • Download Concrete Pavement Design, Construction and Performance Free PDF Book

    Saad Iqbal
    18 Dec 2014 | 10:48 am
    Concrete pavements have been used for highways, airports, streets, local roads, parking lots, industrial facilities, and other types of infrastructure. When properly designed and built out of durable materials, concrete pavements can provide many decades of service with little or no maintenance. Concrete generally has a higher initial cost than asphalt but lasts longer and has lower maintenance costs” (Hoel and Short 2006: 26).Concrete Pavement Design, Construction and PerformanceIn some cases, however, design or construction errors or poorly selected materials have considerably…
  • What is Wobble Coefficient in post tensioning system?

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Dec 2014 | 11:54 am
    Lets us answer this question from scratch, the word wobble means unsteady jerking movement from one end to other or move unevenly while coefficient is a symbol or number that defines the relation between two or more variables.While post tensioning we use strand wire that is being joined by twisting around one and other to make a tendon, this tendon is to be inserted within a profile pipe called sheathing or duct after the concrete will achieve a specified compressive strength. Sometimes the jacking force is applied from one end or both ends. The duct or profile pipe is to be inserted as per…
  • Fresh Civil Engineers jobs in Paragon Constructors (Pvt) Ltd.,

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Dec 2014 | 9:34 am
    Paragon Constructors (Pvt) Ltd., a renowned name in the construction industry of Pakistan has initiated “Career Opportunity – 2015” for fresh and young civil engineers. Our main objective for hiring new engineers is to provide them with a  platform to enhance their careers by gaining quality construction experience. Paragon offers a variety of opportunities to excel in the following departments after assessing and evaluating every individual on the basis of pure merit. 1.       Execution2.       Piling and…
  • How to Remove, Eject a stuck Tremie pipe for Concreting Pile

    Saad Iqbal
    14 Dec 2014 | 2:51 am
    “Site is a battle field for civil engineers”, this sentence is once wisely said by a workman. We as civil engineers while working see many poor labors losing their lives. We face the conditions one can’t even dream of.Working in the field brings a lot of unforeseeable circumstances and challenges, I am writing this article today to just share with you a trouble I have recently faced while working as a Project Engineer here at your site in Metro Bus Project.We here were working on one of the flyover which have 12 piers having on average 9 piles underneath. We here are using Cast-in place…
  • Fresh Civil Engineer required as Trainee Engineer

    Saad Iqbal
    14 Dec 2014 | 12:29 am
    Public Sector Engineering Organization is looking for competent, self-motivated and dynamic personnel as Trainees in the following disciplines.Job Opportunities for Civil EngineersTitle of the PostTrainee Civil EngineerQualification:Civil EngineerExperienceFresh Graduate Engineers from a university recognized by Higher Education Comission with registered with Pakistan Engineering Council.How to apply?Send your Complete CV, Certified copies of testimonials and domicile with recent passport size photograph indicating position applied. Only shortlisted candidates shall be called for…
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  • A Christmas Facelift

    Value Painting
    17 Dec 2014 | 1:24 pm
        You probably think that’s a funny title for a painting blog. And it is—until you think of it in the context of decorating. Does your house need a facelift this holiday season? You’ve come to the right place! You’re probably not going to dive into a remodeling project right in the midst of the holidays. But just in case you are, we want to help you use the momentum of the season to propel you into a masterpiece of interior decorating. In other words, let’s get inspired by Christmas!   Red and Green First let’s talk about how to incorporate Christmas colors into…
  • Keep Your Thanksgiving Happy—with Color!

    Value Painting
    12 Nov 2014 | 5:26 pm
        No, we’re not going to tell you how to keep everyone’s tummy happy at the table. But what we can do instead is give you tips on how to make everyone feel comfortable and welcome at this year’s Thanksgiving spread. One of the best ways to express yourself at Thanksgiving—if you’re hosting the feast, that is—is to decorate. You can go so far as to make the holidays an opportunity to update your paint job, or go as simple as adding a tablecloth and matching dinnerware. However you choose to decorate, we want to supply you with the right ideas to make everyone’s…
  • Fee Fi Faux Finishes: The Where and How

    Value Painting
    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?

    Value Painting
    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

    Value Painting
    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…
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    Techno Genome

  • To All The Readers Of Techno Genome

    22 Nov 2014 | 8:47 am
    Hello everyone, I’m Ranadip, The Author and The Founder of Techno Genome . I’m really sorry everyone, because I’m not posting new articles for some time, this because I’m really really busy until mid of the next month, I’m preparing for Entrance of a Govt. Job, Wish me Best of Luck, as it is very much important for me to get this Job for supporting Myself and My Family and to Continue Techno Genome and its Excellence. I’m really sorry please wait a few days more, I will compensate all this gap in the next month with Some of the Finest Article Which You will…
  • Brickwork Quality Control

    3 Nov 2014 | 9:18 am
    Here I’ve listed the most important factors which are to be taken care of while doing Brickwork of any nature structural brickwork or face lifting works in brickwork for better appearance. These points mentioned below should always be taken care strictly in the site of construction for achieving a long lasting durable structure. The bricks should be of 1st class quality for structural works, or atleast of 2nd class quality in unavoidable circumstances, but those 2nd class bricks must posses atleast 60% of the field quality checks of bricks. The bricks should be immersed in water for a…
  • Septic Tank Design Easily 5 Minutes

    6 Oct 2014 | 12:37 am
    Septic System Design or Septic Tanks Design can be done in various process, but most of them are critical and time taking laborious process. Here in this article I have given tutorial on how to design Septic Tank Easily within 5 minutes and Determine Septic Tank Size. Here I will also discuss on this article about septic tank design about the general Septic Tank Construction for designing of septic tank successfully you have to follow the steps given below one by one Step 1: Septic Tank Design – Calculation of Numbers of User :  In any septic system design or septic tank design this is…
  • Design Of Steel Beam Fastest Method

    27 Sep 2014 | 10:06 am
    Civil Engineering is vast field from Culverts to Dam , Buildings To Steel Bridges, so as so the Civil Engineering Materials, It includes Steel, Concrete, Timber, Aluminium, Glass etc. Steel Design is much easier in most of the cases than RCC Design in Structural Engineering. Civil Engineering Broadly has three main phase namely Planning – consisting of Drawing, Estimating etc. Structural Design consisting of Analysis of Structures and Design Of Structures and last of all Execution which means erecting the actual work according to the Planning and Designing. Structural Engineering has always…
  • Top 5 Concrete Problems Turning Catastrophic

    25 Sep 2014 | 1:30 pm
    The Top 5 Constructional Mistakes and Concrete Problems which can bring disastrous results if ignored are not the huge ones but very common in every construction work, which gets out of the notice of the Engineer-In-Charge in most of the cases. As I feel most of the bad construction takes places not due to the unwillingness of the Engineers, but mostly due to the lack of awareness about those small things which they take lightly and thinks they are of no major importance and will not affect the ultimate construction. I do partially agree with them to the fact that it will not harm the…
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    Whirlwind Steel's Blog

  • Making LinkedIn Work for Your Construction Company

    17 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    LinkedIn is the best social network for business bar none. Designed from the outset for professional rather than personal use, LinkedIn is a one-stop shop for promoting your business, hiring, and finding educational opportunities for you and your construction workers. LinkedIn continues to improve services in response to user needs and has developed a highly usable interface and provides important business services. So what can LinkedIn do for you? Help You with Hiring LinkedIn is like a master directory for every industry. You can search for people with very specific skills and experience or…
  • 5 Reasons to Build Your Sports Facility with Steel for the New Year

    15 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    If you have plans in the New Year for a sports facility, you can’t go wrong building with steel. There are many reasons to go with a metal building but here are five of the biggest. 1) Economy Square foot for square foot, metal buildings cost less than those made of any other material. Steel is one of the most economical materials to use when measured against construction with masonry, concrete, or wood.  Steel passes on secondary savings as well. A metal building is fire-resistant and can withstand many environmental disasters such as earthquakes and high winds with little repair…
  • Winter Is Coming: Preparing Your Job Site

    12 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    While the rest of the world gets worked up in a holiday frenzy, construction companies in the northern hemisphere are busily preparing for the winter job site. Winter poses a different set of challenges for construction companies. Whether it be timeline and scheduling issues that delay a foundation pour or freezing temperatures that put your employees' safety at risk, it's important that your company prepares the job site to meet the unpredictable challenges of the cold season. Is Your Job Site Prepared for Father Winter? These 10 Tips Will Help. Winter is notorious for being…
  • Reaching New Construction Clients with Email

    10 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    While you may begrudge the ever-accumulating number of emails in your inbox, email marketing is one of the most successful methods of online marketing. In fact, companies who use best email marketing practices see as much as a $41 return for every $1 invested. That's a pretty respectable ROI. Wouldn't you like to get in on that kind of profitability? Reach New Construction Clients Using Best Email Marketing Practices Interestingly, email is an exemplary of the catch phrase, Oldie but Goodie; it has been around before the advent of other social media platforms,…
  • Winter is Coming: Preparing Your Job Site

    3 Dec 2014 | 5:00 am
    While the rest of the world gets worked up in a holiday frenzy, construction companies in the northern hemisphere are busily preparing for the winter job site. Winter poses a different set of challenges for construction companies. Whether it be timeline and scheduling issues that delay a foundation pour or freezing temperatures that put your employees' safety at risk, it's important that your company prepares the job site to meet the unpredictable challenges of the cold season. Is Your Job Site Prepared For Father Winter? These 10 Tips Will Help. Winter is notorious for being…
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