Tips for a Safer Construction Season

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 8, 2019 8:37:00 AM

In a 2016 study by the Bureau of Labor Statistics, construction job sites accounted for nearly 200,000 non-fatal occupational injuries among workers. It is estimated that a worker gets hurt once every two minutes on construction sites, which is why safety needs to be taken very seriously in this industry.


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Topics: Tools, pneumatic tools




Guidance for Clients on Extending the Life of Your Deck Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jun 1, 2019 9:16:00 AM

From the moment construction is completed, outdoor decks are constantly exposed to the elements so regular upkeep and maintenance are required. Keeping up with it will protect the homeowner’s investment, help them avoid costly repairs, and extend the life and enjoyment of this outdoor space. Here are some basic tips to pass along to help your client’s next deck construct live a long and happy life and reduce the likelihood of callbacks.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck




Light Gauge vs. Structural Steel Construction

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 25, 2019 8:49:00 AM

Steel has an outstanding strength-to-weight ratio and flexes with force, which is why it’s commonly used for large construction projects. Steel is the ideal material for high rise buildings because it can withstand high winds, earthquakes and other stressors. Due to its strength, steel frames require fewer vertical supports, which in turn makes them more cost effective. Steel is also considered an eco-friendly material because all steel products contain recycled steel, and in framing, they typically contain a minimum of 25%. There are two options when it comes to steel framing: light gauge and structural steel. Here is a comparison of the two methods, and their best applications.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Steel Studs, Steel Thread




3 Ways to Avoid Fastener Corrosion

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 23, 2019 9:22:00 AM

Fasteners are the glue of a building. They are the key to lasting construction. However, fasteners have one major weakness - corrosion. More commonly known as rust, corrosion can strip down a fastener’s strength, making it worthless. It’s crucial to avoid it at all costs by addressing it right away should corrosion occur or head it off at the pass by following these ways to prevent it all together.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners




Understanding the Foundation of Your Floors

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on May 4, 2019 9:22:00 AM

When asked to describe a floor, most would comment on the surface visible to the eye. For example, they’d say, “It’s a wood floor” or “It’s a tile floor”. But the surface is the icing on the cake. The surface has very little impact on the soundness of the structure. It’s what’s below the surface that determines the longevity and stability of construction. Here we talk about what builds the foundation of your floor.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck




How to Spruce Up Your Aging Fence

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 27, 2019 9:08:00 AM

Brighter and warmer days are around the corner, and many are looking forward to spending more time outside. However, a dirty fence can be an unsightly distraction while enjoying time in your backyard with family and friends. After seasons of rain, snow and dirt accumulating on the fence surface, it’s likely past due for a good spruce. Here are some tips to get your fence looking good as new for the warm months to come.


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Topics: Fence, Fencing, Fence Stapler




2019 Top Trends for Decks and Patios

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 20, 2019 9:41:00 AM

Now that Spring is here, the weather is changing, and warmer temperatures are on their way - it’s time to dust off the patio furniture and get outside. But for some homeowners, it’s a reminder to start contacting contractors to schedule an outdoor porch or patio project. It’s therefore important for contractors to be in-the-know of the trends. Let’s explore some of the top trends for 2019 so when your next client asks to create a modern outdoor space, you have some ideas.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, invisideck




Eco-Friendly Pallet Production

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 15, 2019 4:32:20 PM

The process of making pallets is fairly simple. It begins by choosing the right material: wood. While many might not be able to identify the type of wood used in a pallet, there are two species most commonly used.


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Topics: lignoloc, Wooden Nails




5 Common Metal Roofing Problems

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 8, 2019 11:46:49 AM

There is no such thing as a perfect roofing material. Each has its own Achilles’ heel, whether it be price, durability or installation complexity. Metal roofing is no exception. You need to weigh all factors, both positive and negative, when choosing metal roofing. Here we outline five of the most common issues experienced with metal roofs.


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Topics: RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, RoofLoc®, Roofing, Roofs, Metal Roofs




Hot or Not: What Clients Want in an All-Season Sunroom Addition

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 30, 2019 8:04:00 AM

Humans feel happier when they get more natural light, vitamin D is a proven mood booster. Porches and decks are lovely sun spots when the weather is good, but you miss some of those indoor comforts like climate control and lack of bugs. In the Winter, decks clearly aren’t an appealing option. Sunrooms are the perfect solution. While they first became an option in the 1960’s, sunrooms have come a long way. Here are the key features of a modern-day sunroom.


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Topics: Scrail Fasteners





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