5 Ways Old Man Winter Attacks Your Roof

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 14, 2017 2:42:47 PM

As a child when you thought of old man winter you may have thought of sledding, ice skating and snow days. As a homeowner though, old man winter brings on different thoughts. Snow plowing, shoveling and ice scraping are just a few. One of the biggest threats winter makes to homes is on the roof, and roof problems are every homeowner’s nightmare.


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Topics: Roofing, Roofs




5 Reasons to Repair Your Fence in Winter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 7, 2017 4:23:28 PM

Winter is clearly the time to move your work indoors, right? Not necessarily! If you’re building structures that live outdoors, like fences, there’s no wrong time (as long as it’s not overly rainy or snowy). We’re not proposing you try to dig post holes while the ground is solid ice. There are plenty of winter weeks with mild temps. Here are five compelling reasons it’s a great idea to do fence work in winter. 


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Topics: Fence Staples, Fence Stapler, Staples




Waterproofing Basics for Basement Construction and Renovation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 30, 2017 4:27:30 PM

Imagine a homeowner going to collect their favorite holiday decorations from the basement, only to discover condensation, or worse, standing water.  A wet basement or condensation issues are significant and valid concerns for homeowners. Whether the client expects you to be an expert in the matter or looks to you to solve simple issues, it’s important that you know some waterproofing basics.


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Topics: Steel Studs, Steel Thread




7 Signs Your Fixer Upper Is a Money Pit (and Not a Money Maker)

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 23, 2017 2:13:00 PM

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The same can be said for homes. Where one person sees an outdated, rundown home, another may see unlimited potential. But, sometimes that old house isn’t worth trying to recover. It takes a keen eye and a working knowledge of construction to understand what a property will need to be remodeled successfully. Here are seven signs that a home may be more trouble than it’s worth.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Tools, pneumatic tools




Here Come the Holidays: An Easy Guide to Building a Toy Box

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 17, 2017 4:01:01 PM

There are few other timeless childhood treasures than a handcrafted toy box.  They don’t have to be complex or fancy for a child to get years of joy out of them, providing a lifetime’s worth of possible uses.  For instance, storage boxes can be constructed in fun whimsical colors and designs to match your wee-one's room decor, or be crafted in a more traditional style to ensure they have longer lasting utility, such as storing blankets and sweaters as you send them off to college. With Santa on the way though, it’s certain that having plenty of storage in your child’s room is a must, so here is an easy guide to get you started on building one!


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Building Furniture




Why Metal Siding Is Fantastic for Farming

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 10, 2017 9:48:54 AM

When farm structures are built across the countryside, builders dream of their legacy, being able to pass these buildings down in excellent condition to the many generations to come. With this in mind, farm structures need to be built to last, which requires investments be made up front to ensure longevity and durability. Farmers have been the backbone of American agriculture for decades, and they have relied upon metal roofing and siding for durable construction just as long. Here are some of the reasons why.


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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, Metal Roofs




Winter Is Coming: How to Protect Your Deck

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 2, 2017 10:50:00 AM

Summer BBQs and bonfires are some of the year’s most anticipated events, and decks are the common ground for these cherished memories. But before “Old Man Winter” comes to town, be sure to protect your beloved deck from his blustery wrath so it will remain ready to host new fun events when next year rolls around.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




8 Best Practices for Construction in Coastal Climates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 26, 2017 4:20:44 PM

Some of the world’s most prized pieces of real estate are found along coastlines. Known for beautiful views and sea breezes, owning property on the beach can be a dream come true for homeowners. But beware - although tropical homes are famous for their eye-catching architecture and landscapes, they’re also infamous for construction challenges.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners




5 Reasons You Need to Use Washers in your Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 23, 2017 4:19:46 PM

While screws, nails, bolts, nuts, and combination fasteners are the work horses of construction, sometimes they need a little help. A simple, circular disk applied between your mounting surface and your fastener may be just the trick. Here are five ways you can use washers in  your work.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Tools




Solar Roof Revolution: Getting More from Our Structures than Shelter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 12, 2017 10:38:28 AM

While the materials we’ve used for roofing have changed over the years, from hay to wood to ceramic to metal to asphalt, they’ve all had the same purpose – to keep what’s under them protected from the elements. But in our modern world nothing does just one job anymore. Multi-function is the name of the game. It’s only natural then that the materials we build our homes and businesses from do more than just keep us out the rain.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Roofing





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