18May

OSHA 10 and 30 Certification and Refreshers: What's Involved



Construction is a dangerous business. In fact, it accounts for an astounding number of injuries and fatalities every year. But OSHA has developed certifications for a couple of safety programs that can help your business set itself above the competition by proving that you have a stronger dedication to on-the-job safety. In this post, we'll discuss the basics of OSHA 10 and 30 certification and refreshers and what it can do for your business.

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15May

Keeping Your Cool: Roof Ventilation and Ridge Vents



When it comes to ventilation and your home, it's easy to see why it's needed in such moisture-rich areas as the bathroom, kitchen and basement. But what about your roof? Roof ventilation helps your room remain cooler through both the summer and winter, giving your roof a longer lifespan and a much lower risk of damage. But how does this process work and what do you need to know to improve your roof's ventilation? Here's some information to help get you started.

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9May

Mud Season Ahead: How to Keep your Job Site Clean and Safe



If there's one thing you can count on in New England in the spring and early summer, it's that it's going to get muddy. Unfortunately, mud can cause some serious problems, from material damage to slips and falls. It can also flow into sewer systems, gumming up the works, and create a visual blight on the neighborhood. Here are some tips you can implement on how to keep your job site cleaned up and safe even through the mud season.

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8May

Porter Cable Tools: Discover the Power of the Brushless Edge



When you're looking at power tools, have you had the chance to check out the new line of brushless drill/driver and impact drills from Porter Cable? With this new technology, you'll see longer run times, cooler run temps and superior overall performance when compared against other 20V cordless tool systems. Here's a quick look at how these tools are different, where they are better and other information you'll need to make an informed decision.

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6Apr

Wood Frame Windows vs. Vinyl Frame Windows: Which Works for You?



Some decisions in life are easy. Paper or plastic? Cash or charge? Mayo or mustard? But when it comes down to choosing between wood frame and vinyl frame windows, which option is the best choice for your project or situation? We've delved into the matter thoroughly and have the answers you need below.

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5Apr

Repair vs. Replace: When do you need to replace your roof?



Replacing your roof can be an expensive, inconvenient proposition, but going through an endless chain of repairs can be just as frustrating. How do you know when you need to repair your roof and when should you just plan on replacing it? We know you want some answers, so we've provided additional details below on how to inspect your asphalt shingle roof to determine when a quick fix is a good bet and when the entire roof needs to be replaced.

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4Apr

What Exactly is the National Safety Stand Down?



I still remember the first fall accident I saw in construction. I was 16 and acting as ground crew on a roofing job. The foreman and owner fell from a high pitch A-frame roof onto another roof below. It wasn't more than five or six feet, but he ended up rupturing his Achilles tendon, went through surgery and then spent a couple months off the work site recovering. His family had to scramble to make things work in the meantime to keep everything rolling with the business. The sad thing is, a simple safety harness would have prevented the injury, but in 1993, that was at the back of his mind.

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3Apr

Bosch's Little Big Saw - What Can This Month's Featured Tool Do?



When you need a solid job site saw, you want something that combines power and performance with ease of use and mobility. Bosch's 10" Portable Job Site Table Saw, the GTS1031, delivers on everything the name promises. Designed to be carried one-handed, this awesome portable saw provides strong performance. Here's our look at this saw's portability, ease of use and suitability for professional-grade use.

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24Mar

How to Get the Best from your Project's Building Wrap System



Not that long ago, the idea of building wrap was practically unheard of, with 15# roofing felt taking its place. But with the continued focus on energy efficiency and building envelope improvement, specialty products have been developed that has taken this thin layer of paper to a high degree of engineering and science. When you need to get the best performance from your project's building envelope, do you know what building wrap will deliver? What works well for one project may not be the best bet for another. Here's a quick look at building wrap and how you can select and install the best weather proofing building wrap for your project.

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9Mar

Mud season is coming - Entryway flooring options



Mud season is coming - is your home's entryway ready? Entryway and mud room flooring options can mean all the difference between an easy cleanup after a rainy day and ruining your flooring. But what are the best possible options for your home's entryway that can look attractive, be durable and make for easy cleaning? Here are some great options to consider.

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