Raised Heel Trusses Improve Energy Performance
More consumers want better-than-code-minimum performance, and these trusses allow...
Should You Paint Brick?
Q: I never understand why people paint brick masonry. When brick masonry is...
6 Simple Ways Technology Can Improve Efficiency and Profits
These simple tools will also make you more credible with customers.
Explaining Active vs. Passive Fall Protection
In this Q&A Craig Firi, technical manager at Capital Safety in Red Wing, Minn.,...
Refurbishing Stamped Concrete
Specializing in repair can be a very smart business decision.
Beat the Heat: Favorite Warm Weather Work Clothes
A framing carpenter’s take on the clothes he worked in this summer.
What is a Cost Code?
In this second entry to Lee Clark's blog on measuring and increasing concrete...
Keeping Guardrails Up to Code
Know the rules when building handrails, so that they will be high and strong enough to satisfy the building inspector.
Examining the Weight of Concrete Footings
Codes specialist Glenn Mathewson takes another look at an important assumption builders may be making when they calculate loads for deck footings. In particular, he re-examines Mike Guertin's conclusion that the weight of a concrete pier and the weight of the soil removed from the footing hole are essentially the same.
Cement Association Pushes Back Against Waters of the United States Rule
The new Waters of the United States rule from the EPA has elicited complaints from many different groups including a lawsuit from the NAHB.