Recent Blog Posts

  • Create a Living Room Outdoors

    June 15, 2013
    The backyard patio or deck has long been a favorite place for summer fun and cookouts, but more and more, people are discovering new ways to repurpose their outdoor space. An outdoor living room can expand the functional area of your home by taking advantage of your extra space outside.
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  • Deck Building & Mold Prevention

    June 1, 2013
    Of course, homeowners bear the greatest burden for keeping new decks free from mold, but there are some things a builder can do: Gap the decking properly (minimum 1/8”) for drainage. Pitch the deck properly away from the house for drainage (minimum 1/8” in 8’).
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  • Use Paving Stones to Transform Your Outdoor Space

    May 15, 2013
    If you find yourself gazing out into your backyard thinking of something you can do to spruce things up, have you considered using paving stones? Installing them is not difficult, and depending on the size of your project, it can be completed in as quickly as one weekend.
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  • Bright Ideas for Outdoor Lighting

    May 1, 2013
    You work hard on your house and landscaping, so there’s no reason why the beauty of it all should be hidden when the sun goes down. Outdoor lighting can bring attention to a specific part of your home’s exterior by literally putting it in the spotlight.
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  • Seven Tips When Working With I-Joists

    April 15, 2013
    Keep material off the ground and protected from the weather. Moisture is the primary enemy of engineered wood products. Brace joists across the top service before any worker stacks heavy materials on a new I-joist floor. Use 1” by 4” dimensional strapping.
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  • Are you on the Fence about Fixing Your Wood Fence?

    April 1, 2013
    It's a good time to take a walk around the property and see if Mother Nature has left any surprises from winter and spring storms. Take the time to inspect your fence for damage. It could be anything from loose, wobbly posts to broken or missing boards.
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  • Fall Protection Equipment Improvements

    March 15, 2013
    Fall Protection Equipment Improvements Federal Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) officials said recent technological improvements in fall protection equipment was a factor in the decision to tighten standards for residential contractors.
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  • Preparing your mower for its first swipe at your lawn

    March 1, 2013
    Your mower has been sitting around all winter and probably hasn’t been touched since you last mowed your lawn. You’ve decided it’s time to get back on and mow. Here are some ideas on what you should do to get your mower back into tip-top shape.
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  • A Perfect Storm For Lumber Prices In 2013?

    February 15, 2013
    Lumber and wood products arguably are the greenest of all building products –sustainable, renewable and durable. Lumber and related wood products (plywood, OSBand engineered wood products) also make up the largest percentage of building materials used in constructing a single family home.
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  • 7 Reasons Why Your Customer Should Buy New

    February 1, 2013
    With housing starts on the rise and building permits portending an increase in new home construction, now is the time to remind yourself (and your customer) of the reasons to buy a new home that you’ve built, over an existing home.
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