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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8Mar

Don't Let Bad Weather Stop You: Construction in Adverse Conditions



The New England states are well known for their extreme winters, while climate change is leading to some record-breaking summers. How do you keep your crew working during these extremes? By pre-planning your work and using creative problem solving, you can get a lot done in even the most demanding of conditions. Here are some tips to keep in mind when planning a job in poor weather or environmental conditions.

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2Mar

Lock Down: Keeping Your Equipment Safe with Better Work Site Security



We've all heard horror stories about job site equipment theft. How do you better secure your work site to ensure your equipment is still where you left it in the morning? Here are some tips to help you get started:

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22Feb

A Quick Look at the Advantages of Cellulose Insulation



When you're considering insulating either a new structure or upgrading the insulation in an older structure, have you really considered all of your options? Though it's fairly easy to go with what you've already used in the past, you may find that other options provide you with better outcomes overall. In this post, we'll give you a brief overview of cellulose insulation and some of the many benefits you can discover for it in your projects.

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18Feb

Leica Geosystems 3D Disto Tool - Measure Once, Cut Once



As our world's rate of progress continues to speed up, we're seeing more and more technology entering the construction industry every day. From drones that help with security and provide more accurate measurements of the finished building to tool batteries that lock if they leave the job site and 3D visualization for safety training, technology is quickly becoming a way of life for construction. Lecia Geosystems is upping the ante by changing the construction worker's saying of "measure twice, cut once," by providing unparalleled accuracy with their 3D Disto tool. But what can this new tool bring to your job site and worker efficiency? We thought you'd never ask.

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