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Raised Heel Trusses Improve Energy Performance
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Raised Heel Trusses Improve Energy Performance

More consumers want better-than-code-minimum performance, and these trusses allow... Read more

Should You Paint Brick?
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Should You Paint Brick?

Q: I never understand why people paint brick masonry. When brick masonry is... Read more

6 Simple Ways Technology Can Improve Efficiency and Profits
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6 Simple Ways Technology Can Improve Efficiency and Profits

These simple tools will also make you more credible with customers. Read more

Explaining Active vs. Passive Fall Protection
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Explaining Active vs. Passive Fall Protection

In this Q&A Craig Firi, technical manager at Capital Safety in Red Wing, Minn.,... Read more

Refurbishing Stamped Concrete
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Refurbishing Stamped Concrete

Specializing in repair can be a very smart business decision. Read more

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Beat the Heat: Favorite Warm Weather Work Clothes Beat the Heat: Favorite Warm Weather Work Clothes

A framing carpenter’s take on the clothes he worked in this summer.   Read more

What is a Cost Code?
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What is a Cost Code?

In this second entry to Lee Clark's blog on measuring and increasing concrete... Read more

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Keeping Guardrails Up to Code 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. Read more

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Examining the Weight of Concrete Footings 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. Read more

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Cement Association Pushes Back Against Waters of the United States Rule 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. Read more

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