Ultimate Construction Showdown: Wood Studs vs. Metal Studs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 26, 2020 1:50:17 PM

It’s time for the big show: Metal versus Wood. Both types of studs are great for construction. However, they each have unique talents that may lead to a knockout result in the right circumstances. When you put them in the ring together, who comes out victorious? That depends on where your fight is set.

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners

The Full Range of Composite Decking Options

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 16, 2020 8:45:00 AM

Composite decking does not fade, is easy to maintain, and has a longer lifespan than other traditional options. Composite lumber is made of equal parts wood fiber and plastic, mixed with pigments, UV inhibitors, and preservatives, and are typically heated and extruded. The texture, if there is one, is then pressed or cut on the warm surface before it cools. This material is available in a variety of patterns, colors, and sun resistance, making it a popular choice for decks and other exterior spaces. Here are the options outlined for easier decision making.

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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck

Pallet Deconstruction: The Right Way to Break Down and Dispose of a Pallet

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 14, 2020 11:07:00 AM

Pallets are used to stack, store, protect and move items, in a stable way, that are transported using equipment like forklifts and pallet jacks. Most pallets are made of wood, but there is also plastic, steel, paper, and composite options depending upon use. There is no “standard size” of pallets and the dimensions vary widely, especially internationally. They do tend to be reusable which is a cost-saver. However, if you work with a lot of pallets, they may end up taking up a lot of space and you will want to dispose of them.

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Topics: Crate Fasteners, pallets

Decking Decision Maker: Which Material is Right for Your Decking?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 2, 2020 8:30:00 AM

With warmer months on the way, demand for new decking is on the rise. Whether you're interested in DIY deck construction or if you've experiencing a surge in orders for your deck business, you should always choose the most suitable deck building materials.

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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck

Can 4 SCRAIL® Fasteners Hold the Weight of a Car?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 25, 2020 8:15:00 AM

No man can lift an entire car off the ground, that’s physically impossible. He could certainly deadlift part of it up, as they do through competitions and in times of emergency, but not an entire car. However, though it may be difficult to believe, just 4 SCRAIL® Fasteners can! Watch the amazing holding power of these fasteners in this video.

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners

The History and the Future of the Wooden Nail

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 14, 2020 11:41:02 AM

Did you know that fasteners originally were made of wood? Archaeological excavations of early Germanic sites have shown traces of wooden nails used as far into the past as 7,000 years ago. It wasn't until the era of the ancient Egyptians that the first recorded use of bronze nails showed up at around 5,000 years ago. Despite that, wooden nails were still favored throughout antiquity and into the 1600s for wood construction.

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Topics: lignoloc, Wooden Nails

Under Pressure: The Secret to Great Fastening with Pneumatics

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 8, 2020 1:09:25 PM

Pneumatic tools are power tools that utilize compressed air to drive fasteners with force and momentum instead of electric powered motors. This central feature provides a wide range of benefits for fastening. Ultimately, using pneumatic tools on a site not only provides a great deal of efficiency but also ensures higher quality fastening which is more durable and longer lasting. All of this translates into significant savings on labor costs in a market that is facing a heavy labor shortage. Here's what you need to know about superior fastening with pneumatic tools.

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Topics: Tools, pneumatic tools

Fasteners in Depth

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 28, 2020 9:30:00 AM

Fasteners are a crucial element to all construction and choosing the right fastener can make or break the end result of any project. Recent innovations in building materials have allowed for choices in fasteners that offer superior performance in terms of durability, finish, holding power, and speed.

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners

Traditional Molding Vs. Steel Studs: Friend or Foe?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 23, 2020 10:58:02 AM

In any well-finished space, you’ll see the finishing touches of trim work, crown molding, chair rails, base molding, etc. Simple to install on wood framing, these traditional accents can create a truly polished look, and are almost always made of wood. These features are often missing in spaces like basements or office buildings. The reason is simple, commercial spaces or those prone to moisture are often framed using steel studs and historically, attaching anything to a steel stud, other than a steel stud, has been less than efficient. Here we discuss the variations in studs from wood to steel, and the tool that is making the bond between wood trim and steel studs possible.

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Topics: Steel Studs, ET&F

Choosing a Staple Gun for Your Project

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 14, 2020 10:35:48 AM

Choosing the right staple gun for your project can be daunting, more so, if you’re unfamiliar with the breadth of styles available. Knowing the ins and outs of stapling options can ensure you’re working as effectively and efficiently as possible. The following tips will help you decide on the type of staple gun that suits your project.

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Topics: pneumatic staplers, Staples


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