Construction Fasteners: A Look Back and a View Forward

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 6, 2017 2:20:39 PM

Today, we have a wide range of construction fastener options, from nails to screws, combination fasteners to staples, all in a variety of materials and finishes. They may be loose or collated and applied by hand or machine. If we lose a nail here or there it’s no big deal. However, it wasn’t always this way.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners

Packing It In: The Most Popular Materials Used in Shipping Crates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 28, 2017 11:00:00 AM

Shipping crates have been used for centuries to ship valuables over land and sea. Wooden crates offer consumers superior protection when compared to cardboard or plastic alternatives. Crates have been gaining popularity since their existence, but what materials are the most popular when making shipping crates?

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

Why We Should Still Build Stuff

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 21, 2017 11:17:00 AM

/ˈkraf(t)smənˌShip/ - to obtain a skill in a particular craft, the quality of design shown in something made by hand, artistry.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, fasteners

Things You'll Miss When Using Composite Decking and a Hidden Fastening System

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 14, 2017 4:11:11 PM

People have been building decks for hundreds of years. There is something to be said about not reinventing the wheel. While trends towards using composite decking and hidden fasteners have been growing, we wanted to take a minute to remind you what you’ll miss out on by omitting traditional deck construction methods.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, fasteners, Staples

How to Prevent Mother Nature from Wrecking Your Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 8, 2017 12:52:15 PM

In a perfect world, the only thing impacting the life of our construction work would be the quality of the workmanship. But in the real world we have to account for the wear and tear that Mother Nature will inflict upon our work, and the people inside it. Here are a few smart ways to prevent the forces of nature from destroying your hard work.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, fasteners, Staples

Labor Day Weekend Warrior - Quick Fixes in Your Outdoor Living Space

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 31, 2017 1:55:43 PM

Holiday weekends are the calendar year’s greatest gift to homeowners. With an extra day added to the roster, the possibilities are limitless. This Labor Day weekend, tackle a project that never seems to fit into the standard Friday-Sunday timeline, and still have time for a family BBQ or two.

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Topics: Fencing, Deck, fasteners, Building Furniture, Staples

Fastener Finishes - A Primer

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 24, 2017 1:17:08 PM

In the beginning, there were nails. 3400 BC is the earliest known use of them, in Ancient Egypt. It took 3337 years for screws to become the “next wave” in fasteners, found in 3rd century BC Greece. As you can tell, the innovations in fasteners picked up speed in the last few hundred years. Prior to the 1800s, screws were made by hand specifically for the purpose they were needed for. Then they began to produce them in forms, creating the ability to standardize and reproduce them with ease. Now, there are not only thousands of fastener options, but a wide range of finishes as well, each suited to a specific task. Here is a quick guide to the finishes you’ll see in the market today.

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Topics: fasteners, Staples

Top 5 Myths About Metal Roofs & Siding

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 17, 2017 10:09:52 AM

Metal roofs and siding have been gaining popularity among contractors and homeowners in the last few years. However, there are still myths and misconceptions about using this material. With metal becoming a mainstream choice for home construction, not just for farm homes, it’s time to debunk the top 5 myths associated with metal roofs and siding.

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Topics: Metal Roofing Fasteners, RoofLoc®, Roofs

The Secret to Long-Lasting Outdoor Furniture Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 10, 2017 10:10:00 AM

When you build something you love, the last thing you want is for the piece to fall apart because of poor planning or execution. Building outdoor furniture is an art and can be a fun challenge but it takes more than determination to build long lasting outdoor furniture.

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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Building Furniture

High Tensile Wire Fencing - Tips on When to Use It and How to Install It

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 3, 2017 3:25:39 PM

Farmers invest countless hours and dollars on livestock. The same amount of effort and planning should be invested into the boundaries that keep the livestock safe and secure.  Livestock fencing needs to be strong and long lasting in order to protect your investment. High tensile fencing covers both needs and is cost effective when compared to barbed wire. 

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Topics: Fencing


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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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