Selecting the Right Material for Your Subfloors

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 17, 2018 9:48:00 AM

There’s much more underneath the surface than one might think. The structural system for any floor will include a combination of joists, underlayment, and subfloors. However, the materials and installation process for subfloors often depend on what surface flooring is being installed on top. Here are subfloors best practices for the five most common surface flooring materials:

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Topics: subfloors, Subloc Pro

Don’t Let Your Fences Fall Over this Fall

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 15, 2018 4:13:59 PM

Regardless of the painstaking lengths you go to when building a structure, there are constant forces working against you, namely nature. Fences are particularly vulnerable as they rely on themselves and their stability in the ground to keep them rigid and holding. What do you do when your fence falls victim to gravitational pulls and shifts in the earth? You do your best to make it last and probably learn something about installation for the next edition. Here are a few tips to address common fence issues.

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Topics: Fencing, Fence

Sub-Floors: The Secret to Creating Squeak-less Floors That Last 2.0

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 2, 2018 5:05:35 PM

Squeaky floors create great sound effects during the Halloween season, but for builders it’s a costly reason for callbacks. Squeaky sub-floors can develop even if the subfloor installed up to code.

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Topics: Subloc Pro, subfloors

What the New Generation of Homeowners Want: Outdoor Living Spaces

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 27, 2018 10:03:28 AM

Millennials have taken over as the largest living generation, and soon there will be a spike in housing demand as it comes time for them to buy their first home or upgrade from a starter home. According to a study by Meyers Research, 55% of millennials want to buy a home in the next five years. With millennials on the path to control the housing market, builders are starting to pay attention to what they want. There are a variety of trends that millennials have brought to the forefront, one of which is outdoor living spaces. Millennials are also the largest generation of pet owners, so they’re looking for outdoor spaces where their pets are free to roam while they entertain guests nearby. Here are the top 5 trends for outdoor living spaces:

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Topics: Deck Fasteners

5+1 Eco-Friendly Building Materials

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 13, 2018 9:09:00 AM

Eco-friendly is the name of the game and everybody’s playing. In the last ten years, we’ve seen a flood of new construction material options that are made from recycled or renewable sources. Not only are these products better for the planet, they often have been engineered to outperform traditional materials. Whether you’re working towards LEED certification, or just reducing your footprint, there are material options that will fit the bill. Let’s just scratch the surface on some of our favorite earth-friendly materials.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners

Techniques to Combat the Challenges of Zinc Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 6, 2018 8:53:00 AM

While zinc is a seemingly new solution in the United States, other countries have been using zinc roofing for well over 100 years. Europe has been using zinc as a naturally weathering material that’s both inexpensive and long-lasting. Its average lifespan is about 70 years, but there are zinc roofs out there that are more than 100 years old and still performing well. With a lasting power like that, it’s hard to believe that it is not as popular as alternatives such as copper, aluminum, or stainless steel. Although zinc is a phenomenal roofing material, it only works well when installed correctly. Here are three important things to keep in mind to get the most of a new zinc roof.

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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, Roofing

BECK LignoLoc® wins Pro Innovation Tool Award 2018

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 2, 2018 11:51:38 AM

Mauerkirchen/Lakeland FL, September 13th, 2018

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, fasteners

5 Tricks to Crate with Quality and Speed

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 29, 2018 9:19:00 AM

Did you ever try the egg drop challenge where you use paper, tape, and straws to create a protective package around an egg that would then be dropped from a height to see if it cracked? If you fail, your egg goes splat. Now imagine being asked to create a protective package around a 200-pound, $5,000 sofa that could potentially fall off a truck or warehouse rack. If you fail, you’re accountable for a lot more than a scrambled egg. Crating is an art form. Here are 5 tricks to help you build crates that can handle their journey.

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Topics: Crate Fasteners, Crate Building

6 Tips to Prevent Water from Wrecking Your Basement

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 22, 2018 10:18:29 AM

Whether your basement is newly renovated or merely a space to store old holiday decorations, no one wants water damage. Not only is it a hassle to clean but flooding and water often leave long-lasting damage that will come back to haunt you if left unrepaired. To avoid dealing with the mess that water damage brings, here are six steps that will help keep your basement dry.

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Topics: Steel Studs

Fool-Proof, Fall-Proof Deck Solutions

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 15, 2018 9:36:00 AM

As Summer comes to a close and cooler weather sets in, it’s time to think about preparing your yard for Fall weather. Throughout this transition to the new season, make sure that includes attending to your deck, too! Here are some tips to get your deck ready for the rain and snow that are to come:

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Topics: Deck Fasteners


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