Brett McCutcheon

General Manager, Fasco America
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The Best Kept Secrets of Steel Studs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 22, 2017 10:47:15 AM

Steel studs have been gaining popularity in both residential and commercial projects. Over the past decade more structures are being built with steel studs and over 500,000 homes have been built using steel studs as opposed to the traditional wood stud. If you’re still not sold on the idea of completing your next project with steel studs, check out the industry’s best-kept secrets about steel studs to convince yourself.


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Topics: Scrail Fasteners, Steel Studs, Steel Thread




Sustainable Living: 7 Steps to Building a Compost Holder with Pallets

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 16, 2017 2:13:31 PM

Gardening has always been a treasured pastime among Americans. We try to reduce our impact on the environment, locally sourcing produce and flowers has become more popular. If “farm-to-table” fresh appeals to you, then “garden-to-table” sounds even better. If you want to grow strong and healthy plants, one of the biggest keys is nutrient-rich compost. Here are the steps to build your own compost holder.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, pallets, SCRAIL KM




6 Surefire Tricks to Help Your Deck Survive the Dog Days of Summer

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 8, 2017 4:20:56 PM

Decks have a special purpose for a home. They’re meant to provide a comfortable living area on the outside. They take a beating being exposed to the elements year-round. A poorly constructed deck can lead to years of headaches for homeowners. Loose boards, shaky foundations, and protruding fasteners are all problems that can be avoided with proper construction. Here are six tips to make sure your decks last all summer (and winter too).


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck, beckdeck




On the Fence: What's the Best Fastener for Fencing Projects?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 1, 2017 9:10:00 AM

Fences serve many purposes, whether it’s for the home or commercial property. Fences, big and smallan be made of several different materials depending on your needs. Whether you need to keep the livestock in, mark the property line or just add a decorative feature to the backyard, every fence needs to be built to last. Choosing quality materials is key when building a fence. It’s always better to build it right the first time than having to re-do the project every couple of years. Choose the best fastener for your fencing project to ensure you only have to do it once.


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Topics: Fence Staples, Fencing, Fence Stapler




Achieving Adirondack Perfection: The Anatomy of the Perfect Summer Seat

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 25, 2017 11:00:14 AM

Summer is on the horizon and homeowners are ready to set up their outdoor spaces for BBQs, family parties and relaxing summer nights. Patios and outdoor furniture have expanded far beyond the old folding chairs set up around a fire. Create the ideal summer seat by achieving Adirondack perfection using these tips.


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Topics: Scrail Fasteners, Building Furniture, MiniSCRAIL




Raising the Roof: 5 Roofing Upgrades You Need to Be Offering

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 18, 2017 11:51:11 AM

When clients hire a contractor they expect them to be well versed in their skill and industry trends. To ensure that clients are satisfied with your work, and better yet, recommend your services to their peers, you must constantly be offering upgrades to meet their ever-changing expectations. Here are 5 roofing upgrades you need to be offering your clients.


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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, Roofing




Crate Expectations: 7 Ways to Repurpose Used Crates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 11, 2017 9:35:00 AM

Crates and pallets are designed to protect valuable cargo in transit. When they’re built using quality fasteners, like SCRAIL®, it seems a shame to just destroy them after they’ve reached their destination. Finding new life in traditionally discarded items is extremely popular these days. Here are seven ideas on how to repurpose crating and shipping materials instead of throwing them away.


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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners




The Holy Trinity of Heavenly Subfloor Installation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 4, 2017 10:00:00 AM

There is divine inspiration in the saying, “a job worth doing is worth doing well.” This is especially true when it comes to construction. A well-constructed building or home will have a longer life and require less maintenance over time, and that’s a blessing to any home owner. Subfloors are notoriously undervalued when it comes to quality installation, which can lead to hellish issues and repairs in the future. Here we give you three keys to achieving subfloor nirvana.


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Topics: Subloc Pro, subfloors




Everything You Didn't Know About Deck Railing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 27, 2017 9:28:00 AM

People love their decks. They invest in them because they’re like the living room of the outdoors. They want them to be visually pleasing, comfortable and lasting. We talk a lot about decks, but we never talk about the railings, and that’s the part of a deck that most people will see first. Here’s a quick guide to railing ideas you should have in your building arsenal to wow your clients with options they didn’t even know they had.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners




Would You Rather Use Your Mouth or a Nail Gun?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 20, 2017 10:36:00 AM

Over the years, construction crews have tried everything in the book when attempting to complete a project on time, whether that be assembly lines or using your mouth to hold your equipment. In Japan, roofers are known to be efficient and skilled, but instead of storing nails in their pockets, Japanese roofers prefer to hold nails in their mouth. And we’re not talking one or two nails, but enough to complete an entire row of assembly. While this technique is certainly one approach, there are high-quality fasteners available to help complete projects fast and without the risk of swallowing nails.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners





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