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    Construction News -- ScienceDaily

  • ‘fury’ tanks in safe hands

    14 Nov 2014 | 9:45 am
    Research engineers have been working on military vehicles that feature in Brad Pitt’s new movie.
  • Developing self-healing concrete to improve the durability of structures

    13 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Manual repairs to structures lead to endless traffic jams everywhere, but imagine that all this misery on the road could be eliminated by means of concrete that repairs itself. That is exactly what a new project aims to achieve, the development of self-healing concrete to improve the durability of structures.
  • Longhorn beetle inspires ink to fight counterfeiting

    5 Nov 2014 | 7:12 am
    From water marks to colored threads, governments are constantly adding new features to paper money to stay one step ahead of counterfeiters. Now a longhorn beetle has inspired yet another way to foil cash fraud, as well as to produce colorful, changing billboards and art displays. Researchers report a new kind of ink that mimics the beetle's color-shifting ability in a way that would be long-lasting and difficult to copy.
  • Looking closer: Nuclear waste viewed in new light

    31 Oct 2014 | 9:05 am
    Britain’s nuclear reactors, stainless steel drums, contain metal-clad spent uranium embedded in concrete, and they are highly radioactive. The only way to handle them safely is from behind 2-to-3-meter-thick concrete walls and leaded glass windows using automated equipment. Yet a very small number of these drums have begun to bulge after many years in storage, raising questions about what is happening within. The only way to know for sure is to sneak a peek inside.
  • 3-D printing incorporates quasicrystals for stronger manufacturing products

    30 Oct 2014 | 7:03 am
    Researchers say that quasicrystals, a type of complex metal alloy with crystal-like properties, can be useful in the design of new composite materials.
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    ThomasNet News® - Paints & Coatings

  • 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
  • Epoxy Primers are formulated for ESD floor coating compatibility.

    31 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    As high-build, solvent-free system intended for use where odors/VOCs are unacceptable, light grey 46062 Statguard provides self-leveling/penetrating epoxy primer for concrete floors. Medium viscosity/100% solids product offers coverage of ~200 ft²/gal. As 2-component, catalyzed, water-based epoxy suited for use as primer or topcoat for concrete, metal, and wood, light grey 46063 Statguard adheres to green concrete and exhibits abrasion and chemical resistance. Coverage is ~320 ft²/gal. This story is related to the following:Epoxy Primers | Topcoats
  • 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 4,000–6,000 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
  • Heat Seal Coating bonds plastic films, papers, and foils.

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:30 am
    Designed to be applied by flexographic presses and other roller coating applicators used in both web and sheet-fed production equipment, Aqualene®1190 achieves heat sealing or heat activation at 210–230°F. Water-based coating contains no VOCs or ozone depleting ingredients and can be cleaned up without caustic or hazardous cleaning products. It is suited for bonding treated and non-treated plastic films, such as PP, PET, and PVC as well as paper, paperboard, and aluminum foil. This story is related to the following:Heat Seal Coatings |
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  • 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!
  • 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 Benefits of SuDS - What Your Developer Needs to Know

    31 Oct 2014 | 12:00 am
    With recent flooding incidents and increasing emphasis on sustainability, Sustainable Drainage Systems (SuDS) have become increasingly important in construction and development. While clued-in engineers know the myriad benefits of sustainable drainage, the immediate benefits might not be apparent to your developer.Request Free!
  • Improving Profit Margins in AEC: Visibility, Risk-Mitigation, and Project Management

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

  • 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. In the lastest HomeStars U, Danny Areia from City 1 Roof Works shares 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 […]
  • 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 […]
  • Popular Pool Renos

    Andrea O
    13 Aug 2014 | 1:48 pm
    Greg Mulvey from Classic Pools and Landscaping takes us through the top five most popular pool renovations. #5 Waterfalls Adding a waterfall to your pool’s landscape is a very popular reno. There are two main types of waterfalls: Sheer descent: a sheet of water that goes over either a stone or brick wall Cascading: made […]
  • New Pools 101

    Andrea O
    11 Aug 2014 | 11:04 am
    Thinking about getting a pool but not sure of what your options are? Keith Evans from Land Effects Outdoor Living Spaces Ltd. discusses the different types of pools available in today’s market and their cost. Concrete Pools The most expensive option starting at $80,000 Involves excavating the backyard and custom-forming the concrete shell These pools […]
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    Darren | Slaughter

  • 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.
  • The Trouble with Site Design Programs Like Wix or Squarespace

    Gina S.
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:25 am
      Whether you’re starting a new company or looking to revamp your current look, your website is the most important part of your marketing arsenal. Let’s face it. Just about everyone you know, including yourself, searches for things online. Therefore, if you don’t have a website, you basically don’t exist to the majority of the population in your area. Now, you may not know the first thing about starting a website and look for a quick, easy fix such as Wix or Squarespace. Wix boasts more than 53 million users and offers free web design services featuring a simple…
  • Do You Need a Blog Management Services Company to Run Your Blog?

    11 Nov 2014 | 4:58 am
    A blog is a vital tool for any contractor website. No other website feature will increase your online traffic as much as a blog can. Having high quality content that your past clients and potential customers will value and want to share can help you increase sales, grow customer loyalty, and simplify customer service. These are all wonderful benefits that can be obtained through a small business blog, however, a blog also takes significant time and effort if it is to be done well. If you lack the time, resources, or skill to start and maintain a blog for your small business website, consider…
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    Beyond Design: the Construction and BIM blog

  • 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…
  • Innovation: Diagnose Before You Prescribe!

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

  • 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…
  • Setting up Snow Contracts In LMN’s Timesheet App

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

  • 3 Simple Steps to Teach Your Kids About Saving Energy

    Glenn Cort
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:30 am
    We unintentionally and unknowingly waste energy everyday. This could be at work or at home. It is amazing but true that heating, lighting and cooling costs account for nearly 70% of total energy usage in schools! 70%! Here are 3 easy steps you can do and teach to your kids about conserving energy.… Read More... The post 3 Simple Steps to Teach Your Kids About Saving Energy appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • What You Need to Know About the EPA’s New Indoor Air Quality Report

    Glenn Cort
    13 Nov 2014 | 8:12 am
    The EPA released a new set of guidelines called Energy Savings Plus Health: Indoor Air Quality Guidelines  School Building Upgrades. Before you start panicking, it’s important to know that this guide does not set new EPA regulatory requirements. It also does not modify or supersede existing EPA requirements. Rather, this report is simply an important new resource for schools.… Read More... The post What You Need to Know About the EPA’s New Indoor Air Quality Report appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • The Perception of what USED to be a Modular Classroom

    Glenn Cort
    30 Oct 2014 | 8:42 am
    I was reading the Lowell Sun recently and saw a quote from the Deputy Superintendent of schools in regards to Modular Classroom additions. “Modular Classrooms have come a long way, it is not like a trailer,” he said. At Triumph Modular we spend our days thinking about how to put people in beautiful, yet affordable spaces.… Read More... The post The Perception of what USED to be a Modular Classroom appeared first on Design and Build Modular Blog | Triumph Modular.
  • What is Permanent Modular Construction?

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

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

  • 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.
  • My 2014 Proposal Hit Rate: Good Or Bad?

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

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

  • 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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    6 Jun 2013 | 4:57 am
    Custom barn project, East Nashville 10x16 with Hardi Plank siding in Historical district. Painted to match the home. New  fencing installed also.
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    Fine Homebuilding - "There's A Better Way Video Tips" blog entries

  • How to Remove Stripped Screws

    18 Nov 2014 | 12:45 pm
    Posted by Kevini If the head of your stainless-steel deck screw strips out before you get it all the way driven, you could back it out with a pair of Vise-Grips, but there’s a better way.
  • How to Keep Critters Out of a PVC Vent Pipe

    10 Nov 2014 | 9:12 am
    Posted by Kevini If you want to keep birds and other critters out of a PVC vent pipe, you could have your dog guard the pipe, but there's a better way.
  • Straightening Out Perpendicular Deck Boards

    4 Nov 2014 | 12:31 pm
    Posted by Kevini If you’re laying deck boards and you need to straighten out a board that runs perpendicular to the rest of the deck, you could make a super-long pipe clamp, but there’s a better way.
  • Tangle-Free Stringline

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

    17 Oct 2014 | 8:08 am
    Posted by Kevini If you need a story pole on the job, you could hunt around for a piece of wood and hope it's long enough, but there's a better way.
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    Fine Homebuilding - "Tool Hound" blog entries

  • Skilsaw SPT67WM

    18 Nov 2014 | 11:39 am
    Posted by Gvlremodeler Skilsaw, the maker of the legendary 77 and Mag 77 worm-drive saws has a new sidewinder. Yes, a sidewinder.
  • A Better Permanent Marker

    6 Nov 2014 | 5:46 am
    Posted by patrick_mccombe Milwaukee's new permanent marker has replaced my old favorite.
  • Ultra-Compact Laser Measuring Tool

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

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

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

  • Trilogy Talks: Eco-Friendly Bathroom Floor Designs

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Trilogy Discusses Home Insulation

    19 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
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  • Trilogy Presents: The Latest in Home Building Trends

    28 Oct 2014 | 8:00 am
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    Fine Homebuilding - All featured posts

  • A Fresh Warning from Home Depot

    21 Nov 2014 | 1:19 pm
    Posted by ScottG The retailer issues a new warning connected with the massive electronic breach earlier this year: Beware of phishing.
  • APA Redesigns Website

    21 Nov 2014 | 11:52 am
    Posted by ScottG The redesigned site offers easier access to an extensive library on building materials and the design/build process.
  • A Seaside Writer's Cottage

    21 Nov 2014 | 6:30 am
    Posted by BrianVandenBrink51 A ​fine​ place to write a blog, the next great American Novel or simply to sit and ponder the ocean just outside the window. Perfect....
  • A Traditional Cape with a Contemporary Twist

    20 Nov 2014 | 5:22 pm
    Posted by Susan_Teare This was a photo I took on one of the last fleeting days of fall in Vermont. The light, the house and the day were just beautiful.
  • Whitetail Model Home

    19 Nov 2014 | 10:50 am
    Posted by IntegrityRemodel The Integrity Wood-Ultrex products featured provide a durable product that is great for the ever-changing climate of Wisconsin, keeping the home well lit and insulated.
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  • Construction Employment Increases in 37 States, D.C.

    21 Nov 2014 | 9:27 am
    Construction firms added jobs in 37 states and the District of Columbia between October 2013 and October 2014 while construction employment increased in 28 states and the District of Columbia between September and October, according to an analysis of Labor Department data by the Associated General Contractors of America (AGC). AGC officials noted that the sector's recovery is erratic and remains vulnerable to factors like growing labor shortages, new regulatory burdens and stagnant public sector demand.
  • Donaldson Reports First Quarter Results

    21 Nov 2014 | 8:54 am
    Donaldson Company Inc. announced its financial results for its fiscal 2015 first quarter. For the three months ended Oct. 31, 2014, the company reported net sales of $597 million, net earnings of $56 million, and diluted earnings per share of $0.40.
  • Illinois Contractor Arrested for Failure to Pay OSHA Penalties

    21 Nov 2014 | 7:37 am
    Mike Neri, owner of Mike Neri Sewer & Water Contractor Inc. of Elk Grove Village, Ill., was arrested Oct. 27, 2014 after failing to comply with OSHA standards and not paying penalties associated with safety violations, according to the Society for Human Resource Management.
  • Confidence Reaches 6-Month High in Equipment Finance Industry

    20 Nov 2014 | 9:54 am
    The Equipment Leasing & Finance Foundation released the November 2014 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry (MCI-EFI), which indicates an overall confidence in the equipment finance market of 64.2. This is an increase from the October index of 60.4 and the highest level since May. Designed to collect leadership data, the index reports a qualitative assessment of both the prevailing business conditions and expectations for the future as reported by key executives from the $903 billion equipment finance sector.
  • Construction Equipment Announces 2014 'Under 40' Winners

    20 Nov 2014 | 8:33 am
    A 28-year-old woman who implemented the use of GPS units in her fleet to increase safety, productivity and tracking ability is one of the winners of Construction Equipment magazine’s “Under 40 in Construction Equipment Awards,” announced recently.
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    AEC Business

  • Construction Lifecycle Management – A Necessary Business Strategy

    <a href="">Ionel GRECESCU</a>
    21 Nov 2014 | 4:18 am
    Historically, Product Lifecycle Management vendors have supported AEC solutions while Enterprise Resource Planning vendors have been focusing... The post Construction Lifecycle Management – A Necessary Business Strategy appeared first on AEC Business.
  • How to Boost Truck Fuel Economy Up to 25 Percent

    Aarni Heiskanen
    15 Nov 2014 | 1:31 am
    The fuel efficiency of a truck is a result of hundreds of individual factors. Improving fuel economy... The post How to Boost Truck Fuel Economy Up to 25 Percent appeared first on AEC Business.
  • The Most Amazing Concept Buildings – Infographic

    Aarni Heiskanen
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:54 am
    We’ve seen concept cars. This infographic explores and highlights some amazing concept buildings that could shape the skylines... The post The Most Amazing Concept Buildings – Infographic appeared first on AEC Business.
  • BIM in Renovation – Interview with Danielle Dy Buncio

    Aarni Heiskanen
    10 Nov 2014 | 10:14 am
    My interviewee is Danielle Dy Buncio, Co-Founder and President of VIATechnik, a Chicago-based engineering firm. We discuss the... The post BIM in Renovation – Interview with Danielle Dy Buncio appeared first on AEC Business.
  • Earth Moving Machinery Purchasing Trends Revealed in Heavy Equipment Whitepaper

    <a href="">AEC Business</a>
    5 Nov 2014 | 7:52 am
    Construction owners are buying new equipment over used. In a new heavy equipment whitepaper released by,... The post Earth Moving Machinery Purchasing Trends Revealed in Heavy Equipment Whitepaper appeared first on AEC Business.
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  • 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…
  • Why Quick Detection of Oil Tank is Important?

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

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

    7 Nov 2014 | 3:48 pm
    Owning a house with a pool is a great way to add fun and excitement to your home, especially if you have kids. Swimming is great exercise, and pools provide a great environment for relaxation. It should be noted, however, that there are certain risks you should be aware of in order to make sure that your pool remains a place of happiness rather than danger. Take a look at these pool safety tips to ensure that you minimize the risk of injury in your pool vicinity.  Never allow children to swim alone This one should be a no-brainer. Younger children, especially those who do not know how to…
  • Choosing The Right Shape Pool

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

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

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

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

  • P3s aren’t just for transportation – here’s how they can help with public buildings too

    Skanska USA
    21 Nov 2014 | 5:16 am
    The University of California, Merced is the newest campus in that state’s higher education system, and yet already it needs to grow: It has an ambitious plan to double its size over the next six years, with a building program that involves some 1.9 million square feet of academic, housing and research uses. The size and scale of U.C. Merced’s program is emblematic of what is happening on many college campuses. Fueled by the recent surge in attendance, American universities have been expanding and upgrading their footprints and facilities to meet this demand, be more competitive and adapt…
  • Building green careers

    Skanska USA
    11 Nov 2014 | 5:52 am
    Green building doesn’t only improve the built environment—it betters people too. With green, people stretch their skills in any number of ways to develop the best green solutions, and some—maybe you—are lucky enough to devote their careers to this aspect of sustainability. The U.S. Green Building Council recently shared stories of how some of our professionals are using their green expertise to make a better world for us all. Check out the full story, here. For more on the future of green building, check out Chief Sustainability Officer Beth Heider’s Greenbuild interview with…
  • The evolution of airports: Trends in airport construction

    MacAdam Glinn
    5 Nov 2014 | 5:25 am
    In just a few weeks, millions of Americans will hit the road and take to the sky for Thanksgiving and holiday season travel. In some ways, that’s more of the same: at any time of year, American airports are some of the busiest in the world, and the Thanksgiving holiday is perennially one of the busiest travel times of the year. Yet as demand has increased over the years, much of our aviation infrastructure largely has not kept pace – many of our aviation facilities are outdated and in need of major renovations in order to ensure public safety, maximize efficiency and enhance the customer…
  • Awards, milestones and BIM – what we’re reading this week

    Skanska USA
    31 Oct 2014 | 1:23 pm
    At Skanska, we’re proud to work on some of the largest, most innovative and iconic building projects in the U.S. These exciting projects challenge us to find new ways to build efficiently, sustainably and safely.  This week’s Weekend Reading features news from two hallmark projects, plus some useful ideas for maximizing the uses of BIM. An inside look at the 2014 Building Project of the Year From the very beginning, our team at Florida Polytechnic University’s Innovation, Science and Technology Building recognized that bringing Santiago Calatrava’s intricate design to life was an…
  • How facility owners can make the most of BIM

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

  • 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…
  • Technology in the Home

    Hussain Khatheer
    8 Jul 2014 | 11:43 am
    Written by Hussain Khatheer Love it or hate it, technology continues to progress into a category of its own, in our basic needs pyramid. While there was a time when the technologies were simply too expensive and out of reach for the general population, these same devices are becoming increasingly more intuitive and economical; all the while, presenting us with feasible options to add simplicity and safety to our lives and homes.   Home systems do have a wide-range that scale between $2000 to $1million with choices from remote-controlled lighting, swimming pools, security cameras, window…
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  • After Years of Decline, Heavy Equipment Theft Increased In 2013

    Kendall Jones
    20 Nov 2014 | 8:51 am
    Late last month the National Insurance Crime Bureau (NICB) and the National Equipment Register (NER) released their 2013 Theft Report. For the first time in years, the number of reported heavy equipment thefts increased. The 11,486 heavy equipment thefts reported in 2013 is a 5 percent increase over the 10,925 thefts reported in 2012. This […]
  • Architecture Billings Index Drops Slightly In October

    Kendall Jones
    19 Nov 2014 | 7:20 am
    The American Institute of Architects (AIA) reported the Architecture Billings Index (ABI) score for October was 53.7, down slightly from the score of 55.2 for September. This is the sixth straight month of the ABI indicating an increase in billings and design activity. The ABI reflects the approximate nine to twelve month lead time between […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week of November 10, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    17 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of November 10 – 14, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama Warrior Wastewater Treatment Plant […]
  • 5 Ways The Construction Industry Is Using RFID Technology

    Kendall Jones
    12 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Radio-frequency identification (RFID) technology is increasingly being used on construction projects to increase efficiencies, manage assets and reduce theft. RFID technology is used in a number of applications that you’re probably already familiar with like the E-ZPass transponder in your vehicle or the microchip in Fido that helps you locate him when the dogcatcher picks […]
  • Construction Data’s Hot Projects For The Week Of November 3, 2014

    Kendall Jones
    10 Nov 2014 | 4:00 am
    Listed below are Construction Data’s Hot Commercial Construction Projects for the week of November 3 – 7, 2014. Our Hot Projects showcases three projects from each state in our coverage area and are a combination of the most viewed projects in Construction Data’s Construction Lead Manager database by our customers. Alabama Southern Union State Community […]
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    Construction Informer Blog

  • 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 […]
  • Finding New Buildings in the Dust of the Old (Duane Craig)
    3 Nov 2014 | 5:28 am
    With the continued and growing emphasis on sustainability in construction we could be on the verge of a radical shift in how we think about the current stock of buildings. The time may be coming when we stop planning for building replacement, and instead plan for building reuse. That in turn would significantly change the roles […]
  • AEC Mergers & Acquisitions Show No Signs of Letting Up (Duane Craig)
    27 Oct 2014 | 4:30 am
    The architecture, engineering and construction sector continues a period of robust consolidation with firms trying to position themselves as jacks of all trades, in wider and wider geographies. Even the building materials sector is busily merging and acquiring to deal with overcapacity and to improve their competitive positions, according to a new report out from PricewaterhouseCoopers […]
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    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.
  • Metal Roof vs. Shingles – What your Regular Roofer will Never Tell you!

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

    24 Sep 2014 | 7:57 am
        Traveling affords you a glimpse into the diversity of our globe—but what if you’ve never traveled? Or perhaps you have, but you didn’t get to see the most beautiful parts? Today we want to present you with a selection of the most beautiful landscapes across the globe, from the most well-designed to the most vibrant flowers. You don’t have to buy a plane ticket. Just sit back in your office chair and take the tour below.   South Africa There are many botanical gardens celebrating the natural landscapes of South Africa, but we will highlight two here. Firstly there is…
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  • 5 Reasons to Sell Land and Lots in Fall and Winter

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

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

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

    Steve Sanders at
    30 Apr 2014 | 9:04 am
    Whether you own a vacant lot, single-family home or a commercial building, you likely will pay property taxes. These types of taxes have been collected in the U.S. since early colonial days, and they are not going away. In the words of Benjamin Franklin…”Nothing is certain but death and taxes.” Here’s some information to help you better understand property taxes. What are Property Taxes? A property tax is a tax that is imposed by a local government entity, like a county, city or town, on the value of property in its jurisdiction. Unlike income or inheritance taxes that…
  • Home Construction Loans (Part 2 – Terms for Construction Loans)

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

  • With Blower-Door Tests,Timing is Everything

    13 Nov 2014 | 11:59 am
    If you have been administering your blower door test at the end of your build, then you may be missing out on an essential opportunity to make your building envelope even tighter. Doing two blower- [caption id="attachment_7160" align="alignright" width="234"] Gaps like these are what a blower door test can help you fill before it's too late.[/caption] door tests; one mid-way through your build and one at the end, will give you a unique opportunity to fix cracks and holes before they get covered over by insulation and sheetrock. When the sheathing is on, the windows are in, and before you put…
  • Ladder Safety Tips from OSHA

    12 Nov 2014 | 7:14 am
    US Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) have set out a detailed guide to ladder safety to prevent jobsite injuries. You can get the whole guide here, but we have set out some of the most salient points to remember, especially as winter ice and snow makes jobsites even more treacherous. These rules apply to all ladders on the site, even if they are job-made. Each ladder that is self-supporting must be capable of holding four times the intended load. Ladders which are not self-supporting should be able to hold 3.3 times their intended load. These intended…
  • Good Intensions That Cause Problems

    5 Nov 2014 | 10:32 am
    The following advice came to me with the very best of intensions, but you know what they say about good intentions! On a recent store visit I overheard a staff member telling their customer to install ply clips (sometimes called H-clips) along the 4’ panel edges of the roof sheathing in order to create the required 1/8” panel spacing. That is a really bad idea! At each clip along the 4’ edge, a little “bump” is created that will most likely be visible from the street.   The problem Clips installed on the 4’ sit on the rafter/truss and they will raise the panel sit slightly…
  • Building Terms Explained: Shear Walls

    3 Nov 2014 | 7:31 am
    The term ‘shear’ is used in construction in several different ways. Shear can be used when referring to a lateral load or force that is applied during high wind events or earthquakes, but it is also more generally used to describe stress on a wall system that occurs due to an applied load. A structural wall member can fail due to the force of a shear load. Unlike tension, compression or bending, when a member fails due to shear forces, it is torn in two because the two sides of the member are being pulled in different directions. A good example of shear forces occur during hurricanes.
  • Ductless Mini-Split Heat Pumps

    30 Oct 2014 | 6:25 am
    These are an excellent choice as a retrofit to older homes which have non-ducted heating systems. These include homes with hydrontic heating systems, space heaters or radiant panel heaters. If you are considering an addition to an existing home and extending the existing duct work into the new space isn’t feasible, ductless mini-split heat pumps provide a good alternative. Select an Energy-Star appliance in order to ensure that you are getting the most energy-efficient option. Pros The compact size of the mini-split heat pump is its greatest advantage. They can be used to condition multiple…
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  • Waterproofing Your Basement and Incorporating Finishing Touches

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

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

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

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

    Aubree Munar
    21 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Time and organization are critical factors at every construction project phase, but especially during punch list. As crews are readying a building for delivery, FieldLens can help cut down on miscommunications. Of course, FieldLens is much more than a punch list app. But one of its benefits is helping users rip through punch list with one consistent, instantly-updated list to share among the crew onsite and the folks back at the office. For users who’ve been using Fieldlens throughout the build, they’ve got a big head start on the punch list—able to build on an an existing…
  • Integrated Project Delivery: 3 Organizational Tips

    Angie Mansfield
    20 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    So you’ve decided that an integrated project delivery model is right for you. Now it’s time to choose and organize your team. The guiding principle of IPD is collaboration, so it’s crucial to choose a team that can work well together. Then, you and your team will need to come up with team-specific and overall goals, as well as set up your game plan for the project. Tip #1: Choose the Right Team Generally a joint effort between the owner, designer, and builder, the team selection process is one of the most important steps in a successful IPD project. When choosing your team members,…
  • Tapping the Mobile Experience

    Dan Henrie
    19 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
      At FieldLens, we’re pro-mobile. And so is Dan Henrie of Jacobsen Construction. Dan wrote this guest post on how to not just use mobile, but to get the most out of it. Are you using your mobile device to its full potential? Mobile devices are all-too-common on today’s construction site, but are we utilizing these devices to their full capacity? Email, phone, pictures and calendar are merely the basic functions. You can transform from a standard mobile user to an efficient mobile user by having the right device and the right apps to go with it. The right apps can turn your device…
  • The FieldLens Construction Genius Quiz

    Aubree Munar
    18 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    Were you basically born on a construction site? Was your first word “acme?” Did your father and his father before him and on and on work with their hands? Or did you get your first construction job post-college with no plans and end up getting hooked? No matter how you got into the construction industry, you probably think you’re a know-it-all. And that may be true. Then again, you might know less than you think you do. Take it. Share it. Beat your friends’ scores or collapse in a pool of shame (there is a leaderboard). We challenge you to the FieldLens Construction…
  • Download The New FieldLens Ebook: 10 Construction Tech Mistakes

    Daryl Lang
    17 Nov 2014 | 6:00 am
    It’s clear that construction is changing. But at FieldLens, we know lots of people in the construction industry have questions about how to roll out new technology without compromising the success of their teams. So we’ve written a new ebook, “10 Construction Tech Mistakes And How You Can Avoid Making Them,” to help you make smarter decisions about technology. Visit this page to get your free copy. This book draws from the collective experience of the FieldLens coaching team—who have logged thousands of hours supporting construction professionals and visiting…
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  • Combat Winter Predictions with Spray Foam Equipment

    Jake Jacobson
    21 Nov 2014 | 7:39 am
    Image Courtesy of National Coatings Depending on the sources they rely upon for long-term weather predictions, residents of certain areas of the country may already be dreading (and trying to prepare for) another long, cold and snowy winter. Several resources, including the Farmers’ Almanac, have already started issuing warnings about the severity and heavy snowfalls they foresee in this upcoming winter, which in many areas could be a repeat of the harsh winter they experienced last year. For property owners in those winter-weary regions who are still having flashbacks of the chills—and…
  • Spray Foam Insulation Certification from SPFA

    Jake Jacobson
    19 Nov 2014 | 9:22 am
    Professionals interested in obtaining recognized credentials and training in the spray foam insulation industry will likely want to look into the certification program offered by SPFA (the Spray Polyurethane Foam Alliance). This is one of the most recognized and well-respected certification programs of its type in the industry. The SPFA says their professional certification is designed to be the most rigorous, extensive and defining program for SPF professionals in the world. It is international ISO-17024 standard compliant, an enormous accomplishment that brings rigorousness, credibility and…
  • PPE Compliance Vital for Spray Foam Contractors

    Jake Jacobson
    17 Nov 2014 | 8:17 am
    Personal protective equipment (PPE) is an important topic for spray foam insulation and roofing contractors for a variety of reasons. Obviously, the most important issue to any contractor should be worker safety. Keeping employees safe and healthy—ideally while also allowing them to perform their jobs efficiently and comfortably—should be a top priority for any contractor. For contractors handling spray foam materials, PPE is of critical importance because it is imperative that workers avoid inhaling SPF chemicals or allowing those materials to come into direct contact with skin or eyes.
  • Spray Foam Roofing Helps Avoid insurance Claims

    Jake Jacobson
    14 Nov 2014 | 8:07 am
    Image courtesy of National Coatings Most property owners would do anything in their power to prevent a situation that would result in the need to submit a claim to their insurance company. Let’s face it, nobody likes filing insurance claims. Of course, nobody likes having property damage that makes an insurance claim necessary in the first place. Aside from all of the red tape and hassles involved with damage-related claims, there is also the stress and disruptions that property damage can cause. Not to mention, the possibility of losing important, valuable and perhaps irreplaceable…
  • Spray Foam Machines Just for Your Needs

    Jake Jacobson
    12 Nov 2014 | 8:00 am
    Like any businesses, yours probably runs on a tight budget that you have carefully planned, with each purchase weighed and considered with great thought. With that in mind, you don’t want to waste money buying equipment that doesn’t quite meet your needs, forcing you to spend extra on features you don’t need or want (or worse, trying to make do with a machine that falls short of what you need). Yet that’s exactly the scenario you may encounter if you shop for spray foam equipment at retail location or vendor that is new to the business. . You may then be stuck making do with whatever…
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  • Download Standard Handbook of Environmental Engineering by Robert A. Corbitt free [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    20 Nov 2014 | 11:47 am
    Environmental engineering is essential for development of facilities for protection of the environment and for the proper management of natural resources. The environmental engineer places special attention on the biological, chemical, and physical reactions in the air, land, and water environments and on improved technology for integrated management systems, including reuse, recycling, and recovery measures.Importance of Environmental engineering can be readily comprehensible while looking at the changes we are observing here and there relating to climate change, global warming etc. these…
  • Download Quantity Surveyor's Pocket Book by Duncan Cartlidge free [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Nov 2014 | 7:21 am
    Quantity surveyor can be regarded as the initiator of any project, once the project is planned the most important initial step is to quantify the quantities and estimate the rates and prepare a BOQ which is called bill of quantities that contains the unit rates of various items along with the quantity of the material used in that project.Quantity surveyor is needed in contractors as well as consulting firms that helps the client in preparation of the various bill of quantities.  Quantity surveyor is a very diversified field that needs experience and in-depth knowledge of various…
  • Concept of Reinforced Earth

    Saad Iqbal
    16 Nov 2014 | 6:21 am
    Reinforcement in the form of steel or synthetic strips called geo-strips are placed within an embankment, containing soil in various layers compacted mechanically; the granular material of embankment is linked by means of friction. The embankment becomes a self supporting structure, such a structure is called reinforced earth structure.Earth Reinforced with Geo-strips and Reinforced Earth PanelsConceptConstruction of reinforced earth is a very simple process. The principle concept of reinforced earth is similar to that of a reinforced concrete that contains steel, aggregates and fines. In…
  • Download Soil Mechanics 3rd Edition by R. Whitlow [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    15 Nov 2014 | 5:14 am
    Building and civil engineering is a demanding and exciting process in which the constructions built provide enduring testimonies to the imagination, skill and initiative of all those concerned. The understanding of these process includes a knowledge of what buildings are made of, how they are put together, how they stay up, how they work, how they are operated and maintained, how they are repaired and even how they are pulled shown. The studies involved, of both process and product, are interdisciplinary, embracing many and varied skills and specialism.Soil Mechanics 3rd Edition by R.
  • Download Offshore Soil Mechanics by Arnold Verruijt Free [PDF]

    Saad Iqbal
    31 Oct 2014 | 11:06 am
    In soil mechanics the equilibrium and movement of s oil b o dies is studied, where soil is understood to be the weathered natural material in the upper layers (say the upper 20 to 100 m) of the earth’s crust. This material may be gravel, sand, clay, peat, or some other rather soft and loose granular medium. The nature of these materials is quite different from artificial man-made materials such as steel, Concrete, etc . These materials usually are much more consistent than soils, and exhibit relatively simple, linear, mechanical behavior, at least if the deformations are not to o…
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  • Keep Your Thanksgiving Happy—with Color!

    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

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

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

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

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

  • The Benefits of Mobile-Ready Sites for Your Construction Business

    21 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    According to SearchEngineLand between 15% and 55% of website traffic comes via a mobile device. And that was over a year ago; the number is undoubtedly higher with ever more customers relying on a mobile device such as a smartphone or tablet to surf the web while on the go. Those are numbers that should catch your attention, especially if you haven’t optimized your construction business website for mobile. Are you part of the 5% who doesn’t think mobile optimization is relevant to your business? Or are you part of the 35% who are either not sure about their optimization efforts or know…
  • Metal Building Terminology New Builders Should Know

    19 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The good news about metal buildings and their technology is that it's easy for beginners to erect high-quality buildings on their own. The tough thing can be navigating the wealth of construction vocabulary and terminology that newbies are bombarded with along the way. Nothing like the words steel purlins and girts to bring on the deer-in-the-headlights look. New to Steel and Metal Building Construction? Start with Some of These Common Building Terms Fortunately, Whirlwind's here to remind you that none of us were born with a dictionary of…
  • Contractors: Handling Mistakes Without Damaging Your Rep

    17 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    We're human. Nobody's perfect. Mistakes happen. That's all well and good until the imperfect human (you) makes a mistake (ugh!) that pertains to a job (potentially disastrous). Now, the tides change and all of a sudden you have angry clients, a disgruntled boss and you may even have a potential lawsuit or seriously damaging publicity on your hands. So, while you are human, not perfect and everyone knows mistakes happen - how you handle those mistakes really matters when it comes to the construction business. When you handle mistakes with the right attitude and approach,…
  • Preparing Your Job Site for a Steel Building Delivery

    14 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    You have your site leveled and the foundation laid for your new steel building. But are you ready for its delivery? Advance preparation and inspection will go a long way in having a prepared and safe site for receiving the truck and components. Understand what you will be expected to provide and perform on the date of delivery. Meet OSHA Regulations: Develop a Site Specific Erection Plan Develop a site specific plan during preconstruction. Take advantage of pre-construction meetings and site inspections to develop a plan that meets OSHA safety requirements while keeping everything organized…
  • Contractors: Perfect Time Management with These Tips

    12 Nov 2014 | 5:00 am
    The unfortunate truth is that time only runs one way – forward. Once it’s past you can’t get it back again. And, as the saying goes, there are only so many hours in a day; use them wisely. As a contractor you already have challenges with time: unforeseen delays, multiple projects in the works, and everyday time-wasters. With the right attitude and time management skills you can decrease the impact to your contracting business and your customers. Personal Time Management Managing your own daily routine is the first step in making the most of your time. Set Simple Goals With something to…
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