Call backs for squeaky floors can be extremely costly and time consuming. When squeaks originate in the sub-flooring, these call backs can really eat into your already slim profit margins. Here are some tips on installation techniques that can help to prevent the dreaded squeaky floors.
Contrary to popular belief, squeaky floors are not just an ‘old home’ problem. Most squeaks originate in the finished flooring (especially from poor installation of hardwood) but occasionally they can be in the sub-floor system if the proper care is not taken during installation. Sub-flooring systems built to minimum code requirements are more susceptible to squeaking over time.
When the sun is at a particular angle, you can see the outline of the OSB panels on my roof. This causes a ‘windowpane’ effect. Why is this happening and what can you do to prevent it?
Perhaps one of the most pervasive roofing options in North America, the asphalt shingle roof is a durable and cost-effective roofing option. In order to get the most curb appeal from your installation, here are some tips on installing asphalt shingles for optimum results.
The term ‘shear’ is used in construction in several different ways. Shear can be used when referring to a lateral load or force that is applied during high wind events or earthquakes, but it is also more generally used to describe stress on a wall system that occurs due to an applied load.
This may seem intuitive, but many Do-It-Yourself enthusiasts and some construction professionals use hammers incorrectly which can damage your tools or result in injury. Taking care to use your hammer properly will ensure that it lasts longer and that your work doesn’t damage the wood or nails.
Homes built in high-wind areas must be able to withstand the wind forces known as uplift (which try to roll the structure over) and shear (which tries to push the structure sideways). Catastrophic damage to property and tragic loss of life have prompted industry professionals to look for cost-effective ways to build homes better able to withstand combined shear and uplift using products trades are familiar with. Now structural wall sheathing can provide the required continuous load path needed to resist high winds and meet high wind codes.
Nearly 40,000 nail-gun injuries are reported to emergency rooms across the US every year and OSHA claims that nail gun injuries account for 14% of their reported injuries. Not only operators are at risk of injury; 12% of nail-gun injuries happened to bystanders. With these staggering results, it may be time to rethink nail gun safety.
Whether you are a professional roofer or a DIY enthusiast building a garden shed, here are a few simple steps to reduce call backs and ensure a quality roof that will last for years. Not all shingles are the same and individual manufacturers may have specific instructions for their products that have to be followed in order to meet building codes and validate warranties. Read and follow the installation instructions that come with the product, even if you have installed shingles before.