5 Common Subfloor Installation Mistakes

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 12, 2019 9:11:00 AM

Oriented Strand Board, or OSB as most of us call it, makes a floor installer’s job easier. It’s fairly straightforward to install, requires familiar steps, and simple tools. But, as with any construction job, losing attention to the simple details can cause problems in the future that lead to callbacks. Callbacks are a waste of your time so prevent them at all costs by being mindful of these five mistakes that are easily avoided.

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Topics: subfloors, Subloc Pro

The Do's and Don'ts of Winter Roofing Repairs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jan 7, 2019 4:48:45 PM

Many people get caught with a leaky roof dilemma in the Winter months. If a leak appears during the Winter, is it best to wait and repair it during the Spring or take action immediately? Leaks can actually cause more damage in the Winter because water continuously freezes and thaws, which can make leaks bigger or even causes new ones. For that reason, it’s recommended that leaky roofs are repaired as soon as possible. To the surprise of many, roofers do work throughout the Winter. While it’s more common to repair roofs during the warmer weather, some roofs are suitable for cold weather repair. Here are roofing materials that can be installed during the Winter, and others that will need to wait until Spring.

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

Ring in the New Year with a Pneumatic Hog Ringer

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 29, 2018 9:28:00 AM

If you don’t have “own a Pneumatic Hog Ringer” on your 2019 New Year’s Resolutions, then you are missing out. Hog ringers, also known as C-ringers, are an extremely useful tool when it comes to certain applications. If you aren’t really sure when you would need one, here is a list of resolutions you might have in the coming year for which a hog ringer would be the perfect tool!

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Topics: Staples

2018 Recap: Top Basement Trends from this Year

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 22, 2018 9:28:00 AM

Before 1950, basements were barely considered part of the home. Most were not even finished with concrete and provided little to no use. Moving forward, basements became a more commonplace. In areas where basements were safe to build, they were finished with concrete and used as a laundry room, for extra storage, or perhaps a wine cellar. Today basements are an extension of the home and are indistinguishable from the living areas above. Modern basements are commonly used as entertaining spaces, game rooms, or home gyms. Here are the top five trends in basements this year. 

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Topics: Scrail Fasteners

Pro-Tips and Best Practices for Installing Steel Studs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 15, 2018 9:14:00 AM

Steel studs are a great long-term solution. They don’t crack, split or rot and they will frame a wall perfectly on any project. While easy and convenient to use, there are some things to make installation go more smoothly. For those who have not worked with steel studs before, there are some installation techniques that differ from their traditional wood counterparts. Here are five tips and tricks to help you install steel studs like a pro.

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Topics: Steel Studs

Create Your Own Crate to Safely Ship Holiday Gifts

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 8, 2018 9:48:00 AM

Shipping fragile holiday gifts to friends and family can become expensive very quickly. Anyone who has contacted a freight company will know that shipping a crated item is not cheap. However, there is a way to save money by making your own shipping crates from home! For tips on what needs to be crated and the supplies needed to make your own crate this holiday season, keep on reading. 

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Topics: Crate Building, Crate Fasteners

4 Myths and Misconceptions about Pneumatic Tools

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 1, 2018 8:36:00 AM

If this title sparked your interest, it’s probably because you don’t yet own a pneumatic tool. And why would that be? Because you’ve heard the very misconceptions we’re about to address! If you’ve always shied away from pneumatics because you just don’t trust them, it’s time we “clear the air” on air compressors and these tools.

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Topics: pneumatic tools

Tips for a Leak-Free Roof this Winter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 24, 2018 9:20:00 AM

Sometimes you see a small imperfection in a building, and you know that tiny flaw is an indicator of a much bigger underlying issue. A brown watermark on your ceiling is one of these imperfections that could spell disaster if not handled ASAP. Whatever caused that spot is not going to heal itself, so it’s up to you to take action. In the Winter, roofing problems can multiply exponentially from the combination of colder temperatures and pressure of ice and snow. Here are some tips to help you prevent that pesky little brown spot, and the impending headaches that can cause it.

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Topics: Roofs, Roofing

Selecting the Right Material for Your Subfloors

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 17, 2018 9:48:00 AM

There’s much more underneath the surface than one might think. The structural system for any floor will include a combination of joists, underlayment, and subfloors. However, the materials and installation process for subfloors often depend on what surface flooring is being installed on top. Here are subfloors best practices for the five most common surface flooring materials:

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Topics: subfloors, Subloc Pro

Don’t Let Your Fences Fall Over this Fall

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 15, 2018 4:13:59 PM

Regardless of the painstaking lengths you go to when building a structure, there are constant forces working against you, namely nature. Fences are particularly vulnerable as they rely on themselves and their stability in the ground to keep them rigid and holding. What do you do when your fence falls victim to gravitational pulls and shifts in the earth? You do your best to make it last and probably learn something about installation for the next edition. Here are a few tips to address common fence issues.

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Topics: Fencing, Fence


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