Power Up! The Best Roof for Solar Panel Installation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 19, 2018 9:15:00 AM

In a world where renewable energy is becoming commonplace, more people are thinking about implementing solar panels in both business and home spaces. Most frequently, solar panels are installed on the roof, but this can be a tricky process because roofs are not typically set up for solar panel usage. To get the best use out of solar panels, here are five questions to consider when installing solar panels:

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Topics: Roofing

Udder Failures: 5 Common Mistakes in Cattle Fencing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 12, 2018 4:21:00 PM

Whether you're new to the cattle ranch, or a seasoned veteran there is always a way to improve your fencing. Here are five best practices to use when installing cattle fences:

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Topics: Build Livestock Fences, Fence Staples, Fence Stapler, Staples

Why steel studs may be the best choice for your build

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 5, 2018 6:09:00 AM

Steel studs are being chosen more frequently for both commercial and residential builds and with good reason.  They’re easy to work with because of their lightness. They’re strong and durable and the material is consistent in look and structure because it’s formed or manufactured. These are just a few of the well-documented benefits of steel. You can read more about the comparison of working with wood studs over steel studs in an additional article from our blog here.

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Topics: Steel Studs, Steel Thread

Cram Your Crate Creatively: Innovative Packing Materials for Shipping

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 28, 2018 7:44:00 AM

Crates have been used for centuries to ship valuables from shore to shore, doorstep to doorstep. They have remained the steadfast choice when shipping items of value because of their durability, and the protection they offer. Crates protect their contents from damage during travel due to the crate box’s framework. The wood composition provides strength in conjunction with the strength of the fasteners that hold it together. All that is for nothing though if the contents inside are able to move and shift during delivery, causing potential damage in transport.

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

Hot - or not so hot - Advances in Composite Decking

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 21, 2018 10:50:00 AM


Professional deck builders and home renovators are increasingly choosing composite decking because of the material’s long life span, minimal upkeep, warranties, and great looks. But this Summer we’re going to see some additional benefits introduced that will undoubtedly increase the demand for these long-lasting, low maintenance exterior building materials.

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Topics: Deck Fasteners

6 Best Practices for Construction in Subtropical Climates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 14, 2018 8:54:00 AM

The subtropical climate in the Southern region of the Unites States poses unique obstacles for construction projects, including: humidity, moisture, heat, high winds, storms, and hurricanes. All of these elements can have an impact on the integrity of a structure. Here are 6 best practices for successful and durable construction in a subtropical climate.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners

Protect the Produce! 5 Types of Vegetable Garden Fences and Which to Use

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 9, 2018 10:55:15 AM

Gardening seems like it would be a simple and fruitful hobby. But there’s a reason it’s predominantly taken on by retirees. It takes far more energy, time, and maintenance than a working person can manage if it’s going to be done well. And if you’ve dedicated yourself to successful gardening, you know that protecting all those delicate plants from pests is critical. One overnight visit from a hungry deer can obliterate all your hard work, so fences are commonly used to protect them from harm.  Here we’ll outline five types of garden fences you can build, and describe when each type is most appropriate.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners

Modern Methods of Building Insulation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 31, 2018 10:23:00 AM

When it comes to insulating a structure, there are many things to take into consideration when deciding which type of insulation to use. It is important to consider not just your building’s composition and materials, but also climate and location.  Improperly or insufficiently insulating can result in large amounts of energy loss when trying to heat and cool the structure and can also lead to mold problems when air heats and cools quickly causing moisture to form.  You want to make sure you have built a healthy structure so that the occupants will remain healthy as well.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners

6 Times Metal Siding Is Your Best Bet

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 24, 2018 10:04:00 AM

We talk a lot about metal roofing in our blogs. But, metal as a siding material can be a great option too. When? We’ll tell you.

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Topics: Metal Siding

Deck Do-Over: When to Repair and When to Replace

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 17, 2018 10:47:00 AM

As the snow starts to melt and there are more warm days than cooler ones, people start to see just what damage old man winter did to their outdoor decks. As you take stock of chipped paint and warped boards, how can you decide if it’s worth repairing or if it’s time to scrap the whole thing and start again?

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Topics: Deck Fasteners


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