Brett McCutcheon

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Tips to Improve Efficiency on Framing Jobs

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 24, 2022 9:30:00 AM

Framing is a large and regular part of any builder’s daily work. And that means that ways to make this job more efficient are always welcome since efficiency can save time, materials, and potential headaches or framing failures down the road—all of which can prove costly for your business.

So, what are some helpful tips to make framing more efficient? The right tools are a good start, for one thing. We suggest the FASCO® (a BECK member) F70G Joist Hanger Nailer, which is a powerful tool that lets you drive fasteners when you’re hanging joists or other heavy-duty types of framing. Aside from that, there are a few other things you can do to make framing more efficient.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Nailers, building, fasteners, framing, joist hanger nailer




Bradders vs. Pinners: What’s the Difference?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 21, 2022 9:05:27 AM

In the world of nail guns, two of the most easily confused tools are the pin nailer and the brad nailer. Both power tools offer enough similarity in their applications that many professionals and amateurs use them interchangeably, but both are also different enough that knowing which is best for what use becomes important.

BECK's selection of both brad and pin nailer tools and combination bradder/pinner nailers is no exception. Both types of precisely crafted nail guns from BECK are designed to provide high-quality professional finishing work for diverse wood projects. However, it's up to you as a contractor to know when you should use which gun and when either a bradder or pinner would be ideal. Let's get down to the details about their similarities and crucial differences.


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Topics: Nailers, Building Furniture, bradders, wood, fastening system, pinners




Improve Your Next Commercial Fencing Project

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Sep 19, 2022 3:10:50 PM

 Commercial fences have an enormous  amount of practical and aesthetic  value. Aside from surrounding property in a definitive, visually pleasing, and even cozy way, they also provide first-line security while being affordable and easy to build.

 If a client requests to have a fence installed, in addition to offering them a variety of design options, make sure you install them correctly with the right tools and techniques to make the final product last as long as possible. In terms of tools for both speed and robust construction, BECK's brands are excellent examples of what simply works. The FASCO® (a BECK brand) F46A and  FASCO® F70G fence staple guns both deliver performance that's ideally suited for rapid, flexible fence construction. Particularly for deeply embedding and countersinking staples of up to 45mm (1 - 1 3/4") into pressure-treated wood and hardwood construction materials.

 Using these powerful staple guns can make your fence assembly flow smoothly, rapidly, and safely while you also keep in mind several other crucial tips for completing the overall job correctly. Let's get down to those now.


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Topics: Fence Staples, Fencing, building, Fence Stapler, commercial building




Commercial Building Success Tips

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 20, 2022 9:30:00 AM

Every contracting company out there shares one common goal: Jobs completed successfully. While most contractors do quality work consistently (otherwise, they wouldn’t be contractors!), there are a few things that can set you above the competition—especially when you’re bidding on jobs involving commercial construction.

Even details like the tools that your workers rely on can make a difference. Products from BECK’s ET&F® lineup, like the TRIMFAST® Heavy Duty Model 210TA or the Steel Framing Model 500A System, can ensure that work proceeds faster and that the finished product is of higher quality. But tools are just one thing that can help ensure your contracting company’s success. We’ll discuss a few other tips below.


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Topics: Nailers, building, ET&F, steel framing, construction site, commercial building




Tips & Tricks for Auto Upholstery

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 13, 2022 9:30:00 AM

Like most kinds of fine repair work, automotive seat upholstery work is not an easy task. There are a lot of details to keep in mind that can make the job much easier if they're kept in mind. This applies to both the workflow and the precision tools (such as BECK's easy-to-load fine wire staplers) you use. These can make the difference between a durably complete upholstery job and something that frays just a bit too quickly.


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Topics: Staples, power tools, staple systems, auto upholstery, fine wire staplers




How Roofers Can Keep Up During the Busy Summer Season

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 6, 2022 8:00:00 AM

In most areas, summer is the busy season for roofing. That’s when the weather is right to get the job done—even if it means you’ll be taking various measures to keep workers safe in the heat.

As summer ramps up, it can be easy to get behind. Fortunately, there are ways to keep up when summer is at its busiest. The SCRAIL® ROOFLOC®system is one of them. It’s a fastener system designed to fire nail screws in sheet metal roofs and facades, which can make the job go much faster. But we’ll discuss that more below, along with some other tips to help you keep up.


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Topics: fasteners, RoofLoc® SCRAIL®, RoofLoc®, Roofs, FasCoat, scrail, sheet metal, fasteners and the sun, roofing system




Build With Fasteners That Can Stand Up to the Sun

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jul 30, 2022 9:00:00 AM

You might not think too much about how temperature can affect the materials and tools on a construction site, but it certainly does—and in all kinds of ways. Virtually every building material has thermal properties of one kind or another than can create subtle (or not so subtle) problems when they manifest during sizzling summer weather under the sun.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, fasteners, FasCoat, fastening system, corrosion protection, fasteners and the sun, coated fasteners, treated metals, treated alloy




Common Summer Home Building Mistakes to Avoid

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jul 23, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Summer homes aren't something that every client can afford to maintain, but for those that can, solid construction is a priority. After all, these are houses or cabins that will probably spend part of the year empty and should be able to handle the lack of constant vigilance. Therefore how you build and what mistakes you avoid from day one is so important.

Fortunately, constructing a strong summer home isn't extraordinary hard. Using the right tools, techniques, fastening materials such as BECK’s LignoLoc® Wooden Nail System, and of course, avoiding the following key mistakes will all help keep a summer house in top form.


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Topics: building, Tools, lignoloc, Wooden Nails, wood, outdoor construction, power tools, home building, summer




4 Practical, Beautiful Deck Repairs and Upgrade Concepts

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jul 16, 2022 9:00:00 AM

Decks are a part of many homes that often go unappreciated for their potential. This is a major opportunity for useful renovation work. Best of all, even if you're pressed for time in between major projects, or your client is on a tight budget, many deck renovation projects can be done quickly and at a low cost.

With a few handy tools such as BECK's Splitless.Decking.SCRAIL®, you can deliver a deck renovation project that will leave your clients deeply satisfied, especially during the sunny summer months. Here are several key concepts you can propose.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, beckdeck, scrail, decking, deck repairs, spitless decking scrail




Is It Time to Replace the Subfloor?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Jul 9, 2022 9:30:00 AM

Flooring jobs are common for contractors and subcontractors. Whether you’re completing the job for a homeowner or a commercial organization, it often involves work on the subfloor before you can get the new flooring installed. We recommend using the SCRAIL® SubLoc® PRO system—but more about that later.

For now, let’s discuss subflooring. Often, you can put down new flooring on top of an existing subfloor, but sometimes you’ll need to replace it before you can install the new floor. We’ll examine the issues that could lead to subfloor replacement.


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Topics: Subloc Pro, subfloors, scrail





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