7 Signs Your Fixer Upper Is a Money Pit (and Not a Money Maker)

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 23, 2017 2:13:00 PM

One man’s trash is another man’s treasure. The same can be said for homes. Where one person sees an outdated, rundown home, another may see unlimited potential. But, sometimes that old house isn’t worth trying to recover. It takes a keen eye and a working knowledge of construction to understand what a property will need to be remodeled successfully. Here are seven signs that a home may be more trouble than it’s worth.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Tools, pneumatic tools




Here Come the Holidays: An Easy Guide to Building a Toy Box

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 17, 2017 4:01:01 PM

There are few other timeless childhood treasures than a handcrafted toy box.  They don’t have to be complex or fancy for a child to get years of joy out of them, providing a lifetime’s worth of possible uses.  For instance, storage boxes can be constructed in fun whimsical colors and designs to match your wee-one's room decor, or be crafted in a more traditional style to ensure they have longer lasting utility, such as storing blankets and sweaters as you send them off to college. With Santa on the way though, it’s certain that having plenty of storage in your child’s room is a must, so here is an easy guide to get you started on building one!


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Building Furniture




8 Best Practices for Construction in Coastal Climates

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 26, 2017 4:20:44 PM

Some of the world’s most prized pieces of real estate are found along coastlines. Known for beautiful views and sea breezes, owning property on the beach can be a dream come true for homeowners. But beware - although tropical homes are famous for their eye-catching architecture and landscapes, they’re also infamous for construction challenges.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners




5 Reasons You Need to Use Washers in your Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 23, 2017 4:19:46 PM

While screws, nails, bolts, nuts, and combination fasteners are the work horses of construction, sometimes they need a little help. A simple, circular disk applied between your mounting surface and your fastener may be just the trick. Here are five ways you can use washers in  your work.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Tools




Solar Roof Revolution: Getting More from Our Structures than Shelter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 12, 2017 10:38:28 AM

While the materials we’ve used for roofing have changed over the years, from hay to wood to ceramic to metal to asphalt, they’ve all had the same purpose – to keep what’s under them protected from the elements. But in our modern world nothing does just one job anymore. Multi-function is the name of the game. It’s only natural then that the materials we build our homes and businesses from do more than just keep us out the rain.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Roofing




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




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




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





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