Steel VS. Concrete: Which is Best for Your Build?

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Aug 28, 2021 9:00:00 AM

Choosing between concrete and steel can sometimes be a difficult challenge. Concrete has been around since the start of the Roman Empire, and it has endured the test of time. Steel’s popularity has grown over the last 150 years, and it is currently one of the most extensively utilized structural materials. They both have the strength, versatility, and accessibility to be used in almost any building job. The question is which material is better for your project? Here are some of the key differences between steel and concrete to determine what might be best for your project.

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Topics: Steel Studs, ET&F

How to Properly Anchor Your Foundation

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Apr 24, 2021 9:15:00 AM

We have all heard about the importance of building strong foundations. From education to relationships to buildings, it is common knowledge that a solid foundation is the first step to success. Although the word “foundation” has made its way into daily speech, perhaps nowhere is it more important than in construction. Let’s review how to properly anchor your foundation, so your building is properly supported and insulated from ground water.

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Topics: ET&F

Advantages of Using Steel Structures

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Mar 27, 2021 9:30:00 AM

Steel is one of the most often used materials in construction today. From skyscrapers to bridges to warehouses, steel provides nearly unparalleled structural integrity in a variety of building situations, while also maintaining a moderately low-cost price tag when compared to other structure materials.

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Topics: Steel Studs, ET&F

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

Top 5 Construction Trends in 2020

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 28, 2019 8:30:00 AM

As a top innovator of fasteners and pneumatic tools, the BECK Group is at the heart of the construction industry. As a result, we have witnessed many of the trends that continue to propel the industry forward. It’s important to stay aware of items on the horizon so you can prepare and plan for what’s ahead.

Let’s take a look at five construction trends in 2020 that will change the industry.

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Topics: Tools, pneumatic tools, ET&F

The Brass Tacks of Steel Pins: What They Are and How They Work

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Feb 4, 2019 11:53:57 AM

While pin fastening has been a commonly used practice in commercial construction for more than half a century, many are still skeptical of the pins’ ability to fasten to steel as securely as a screw. However, when driven pneumatically steel pins are firmly embedded, which allows for a holding power of equal, if not greater, value to screws. While some might be unsure if steel pins are a reliable fastening solution, they have proven to perform well consistently in a variety of applications. Here are the ins and outs of steel pins – how they work and why they can be successfully used in place of screws.

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Topics: ET&F


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