Brett McCutcheon

General Manager, Fasco America
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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

The Rise of the Tiny House Movement

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 14, 2018 11:08:00 AM

When you think of a tiny house, it’s likely you’d think of a one-bedroom, one bathroom, kitchen, and living room setup, each room at least 12’ x 12’. But a true Tiny House, the kind that are sweeping the nation, aren’t even that big. What are Tiny Houses and why are they becoming so popular?

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Topics: Construction Fasteners

PRESS RELEASE - With LignoLoc®, the BECK Fastener Group is heralding a new era in the field of fastening technology.

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 12, 2018 1:54:21 PM

P R E S S   R E L E A S E

With LignoLoc®, the BECK Fastener Group is heralding a new era in the field of fastening technology.

quick – ecological – tool-sparing

March 12, 2018

The BECK Fastener Group® is striking a new path in wood-to-wood fastening with the invention of the first collated nail made of wood, LignoLoc®. This outstanding development work was awarded third place for special innovations in the industry at the LIGNA trade fair in Hannover, Germany in May of 2017. Even before its official market launch, the world's first collated wooden nail numbered among all the presented new products as one of the most significant innovations.

The cutting-edge and versatile LignoLoc® system is being introduced successfully into industrial production, ecological timber construction and many other applications. It is already being used worldwide in more than 20 countries and is capturing new markets quickly.

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Topics: lignoloc

5 Tips on Post-Winter Damage Control for Roofing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 3, 2018 9:48:00 AM

We’ve all experienced how harsh the winter weather can be on a house. In the spring, after the cold, snowy weather is finally gone, it’s time to take stock of how well your house and roof fared and address any damage as soon as possible. Even a little damage can result in a major repair if not properly repaired. Water can easily get into the smallest openings and create weaknesses in your structure that can result in costly damage, both externally as well as internally.

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Topics: Roofing

Simple Solutions to Complex Carpentry Finishing

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Feb 24, 2018 1:06:00 PM

Ask any seasoned carpenter with an appreciation for their craft, and they will tell you that there is an art to carpentry finishing.  It requires a great eye for detail and specific skills that have been honed over years of project work.  Once a reputation for remarkable work and craftsmanship has been established, an experienced finish carpenter can be in high demand.  Knowing which tools and materials to use to achieve a perfectly completed look is an integral part of this master craftsman’s skillset.

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Topics: Staples


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  • Use Scrail® almost anywhere ordinary screws are used
  • Save time and labor costs 
  • Twice as fast as collated screws, eight times faster than bulk screws
  • Easily adjusted, quickly removed
  • Dramatically increased holding power vs. nails
  • Making projects easier since 1998.

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