17Aug

OSHA and Keeping Your Cool in the Summer Sun: Work Crew Safety

When the heat is on, sometimes you don't have any choice but to keep on working. How do you keep your crew moving in the summer sun without risking heat-related injuries such as heat cramps, heat exhaustion or heat stroke that can put their lives in danger? Here are some tips to help keep everyone moving safely:

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10Aug

Ramset Fastener Systems: How the DynaDrill Helps Get it Done

Over the years, Ramset has developed a wide range of tough fastener systems and tools to get the job done right the first time.  One of the more impressive tools developed by Ramset over the years is the DynaDrill. A serious hammer drill that gives great performance with exceptional vibration control, this tough tool gets the job done quickly and effectively. Here are some more details on the Ramset DynaDrill: 

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4Aug

Green Exteriors: LEED Certified Exterior Cladding Options

When you're working on a LEED certified building, you know that every material can count towards or against your certification points. But have you considered what difference your exterior cladding can make in terms of points and efficiency? If you haven't, you may be missing out on some great opportunities. Here are a few more details on what type of cladding options work well in LEED certified buildings and what to look for:

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3Aug

Top 5 Cool Tree Houses Your Kids Would Love To Have

If you're looking for a way to be the uber-parent in your neighborhood, nothing quite cuts it like creating an awesome play space for your kids. The ultimate in child-friendly play places is, of course, the tree house. We've taken a look to find these top 5 most awesome tree houses and did a quick break down of what's involved in building each one.

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11Jul

Tax Time Savings: How Commercial Building Costs Can be Reduced

When you have a commercial building, it can seem as though every little change can impact your overhead costs. As the Department of Energy has realized this, it has made available a wide range of rebate and tax credit initiatives to help reduce the amount of energy used by businesses in their daily operations. The federal Energy Policy Act of 2005 is just such an opportunity, with savings for lower energy lighting, more efficient HVAC and hot water systems and better building envelope systems. Here's more on this initiative and how to take advantage of potential savings in building envelope innovations.

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8Jul

A Breath of Fresh Air: the OSHA Respiratory Standard and Equipment

When you work on a construction site, you expect there to be something in the air. Sawdust, drywall dust, paint fumes: all these things can add up to a huge impact on your respiratory system. How do you take care of your lungs and respiratory system while getting the job done effectively? At Wallboard Supply Company, we're all about supplying what you need, including this brief overview of the OSHA respiratory standard and the related personal protective equipment (PPE) used to protect your lungs and respiratory tract.

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7Jul

Tough Performance: A Solid Look at DeWalt Pneumatic Nailers

When your tools need to work as hard as you do, many contractors turn to DeWalt for serious performance and long-lasting durability. The company has made its name for tough job site performance and reliability. One of the hardest-used tools on framing operations are pneumatic nailers. But which one is best for your particular situation and crew needs? What features will best fit your needs at a new job site? Here's a quick look at some of the newer pneumatic nailers developed by some of the ingenious people at DeWalt and the great features that are on board at the very start:

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6Jul

Going Green in Residential Construction with Roxul ComfortBoard

There's no doubt that there's a strong push for green construction in residential and commercial construction these days, a demand that grows by the day. Though we've discussed a number of green products in the past, we felt it was time to feature a specific product, ComfortBoard from Roxul. A mineral wool product, it's created in board form instead of the batt-like formats that many of our clients are more familiar with. Here's a bit more on this remarkable product:

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13Jun

OSHA Regulations: Construction Personal Protective Equipment

When you have a work site accident, not only do you need to deal with an injured employee, you also typically have to deal with OSHA. Established in 1971 to combat workplace injury, OSHA regulations have done just that, but the regulations also leave many contractors scratching their heads over what all the rules mean. To help, we've developed this guide to help you stay in compliance with OSHA, without all the legalese.

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9Jun

The Ultimate Construction Ear Protection Safety Guide

There are two things my brothers-in-law, father and grandfathers have in common. They all work in construction or industry, and they're all hard of hearing if not completely deaf. After stubbornly refusing to get their hearing checked because they don't want to admit their hearing isn't as great as it once was and making the rest of the family speak at a volume just below a dull roar to have a conversation for a decade or two, they'll get hearing aids, usually around age 55 to 60. Though we've noticed a trend towards the hearing aids accidentally being left off in proportion to how much the speaker yammers on, it doesn't get around the fact that there's a hearing problem, common to most people working in loud-noise environments.

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