Silica The NEW Asbestos

By Stan Durlacher

Silica and Compliant Dust Control What do the “Largest Construction Tragedy in US History” and “The New Asbestos” Have In Common? Worst Construction Tragedy in US History – The Hawks Nest Tunnel In 1931, a project was started in Gauley Bridge, WV to create a tunnel under Gauley Mountain to divert the New River to…

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Swollen Hollow Core Doors

By Will Endicott

Quick Tip For Swelling Doors – Seasonal Humidity As a remodeling contractor, one of the main service calls I receive is adjusting doors that no longer work properly. With the emergence of DIY’ers and the large quantity of poor workmanship from contractors, many people move into homes that will have problems with their doors. While…

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Ridgid Gen5X 18-Volt Brushless Vacuum R86090B

By Mike Delisle

RIDGID GEN5X 18-Volt Vacuum Review I tend to take on a lot of smaller jobs when working. Jobs like hanging mirrors, putting up a stair handrail or putting in a single replacement window. Doing these small jobs I’ve always struggled with one aspect, cleanup. Do I bring a dustpan and broom or do I lug out the…

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Wearing Work Pants with Knee Pads

By Robert Robillard

Protecting Your Knees On the Job Site – work Pants With Built-In Knee Pads As a carpenter and contractor I can tell you that you get what you pay for. I can also tell you that sometimes it seems that protecting our bodies at work comes secondary to getting the job done. It took me…

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Outsourcing For Contractors

By Robert Robillard

10 Benefits of Outsourcing As a small business owner I am often called upon to design, construct, finish and install custom bookcases, cabinets and fireplace mantles.  I’ve realized that selling outsourcing is a realistic way to stay competitive and profitable in an environment where folks are constantly tire kicking and researching prices. Should you outsource…

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Milwaukee Dual-Bevel 12″ Sliding Compound Miter Saw

By Will Endicott

Milwaukee 6955-20 Miter Saw Review With the insurgence of long-life battery tools and the inherent portability they offer, I find myself switching a huge majority of my tools to that platform. The miter saw, so far, is not one of them, and the one that I use on the jobsite is the Milwaukee Dual-Bevel 12″…

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Good Business Practices

By Robert Robillard

Tips On Good Business Practices When running a small business or any business for that matter there are a few rules that are always good to follow. Here’s a five good business practices that I use. 1. Always be honest: Honesty is huge in business and life. If you are unable to meet a deadline or…

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Klein 6 in 1 Ratcheting Stubby Screwdriver

By Jim Nadeau

Klein 6 in 1 Ratcheting Stubby Screwdriver Tool Review How many screwdrivers are in your everyday tool bag?  How much does that tool bag already weigh?  There are currently 8 in my everyday tool bag and probably another dozen in tool box that never comes out of my van.  The Klein 6 in 1 Ratcheting…

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