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Despite the growing popularity of ADUs, few local governments have defined policies for addressing them

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The program recognizes remodeling firms that demonstrate sound business and operations practices

Photo: courtesy ITW

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OSHA decides home improvement and construction industry pros need more information before it can enforce its new standard 

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Initial investment in mitigation is key to a sound structure

Photo: courtesy World Property Journal

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Are you ready for the new overtime rule?

contractor licensing reform

Image is a derivative of "Pegboard Project (#2691)" by Flickr user Regan76 (CC by 2.0

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Underfunded and underenforced, a fragmented contractor licensing system allows unlicensed and unregistered contractors to operate with impunity. Here are five steps to start fixing that situation  

Illustration of whole-house ventilation air flows

All illustrations: Home Innovation Research Labs

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Code, safety, and performance considerations 

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OSHA's reduced limits for jobsite exposure to crystalline silica is expressed in micrograms per cubic meter. Here's some math to make those numbers more meaningful

Worker with respirator sawing drywall

Photo: Hamtil Construction

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Here's what you need to do to comply with OSHA's final rule on respirable crystalline silica

Plaster demolition worker

Photo: Peter Derosier

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It’s time remodelers adopted these commonsense measures to protect workers and homeowners from jobsite dust

Update about revisions to AWPA’s U1 standard for pressure-treated lumber

Recent changes to the AWPA’s U1 Standard for use categories UC3B and UC4A require lumber rated for ground contact to be used for some above-ground components, such as ledgers, beams, and joists, “when they are difficult to maintain, repair, or replace, and are critical to the performance and safety” of the structure, the document states. Photo: Dan Morrison

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Revisions to AWPA’s U1 standard may require using lumber rated for ground contact in some above-ground applications

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Just because OSHA inspectors aren’t on duty, it doesn’t mean cheating contractors can get away with anything

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The state intends to seize and liquidate his assets to repay customers that were victimized

Legal: Worker Misclassification Under Greater Scrutiny
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worker misclassification is suddenly in the spotlight due to a couple of high-profile cases involving government contracts

Safety: More Scrutiny on Mass Contractors from OSHA Emphasis Programs
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If your workers aren’t wearing fall protection gear, might as well put up a poster asking OSHA for a fine

Building Science: There’s Always Room for Home Improvement

Ductwork installed in unconditioned spaces such as attics, crawlspaces, and garages can contribute significantly to the overall heating and cooling costs of residential buildings. In fact, it is estimated that duct thermal losses for single-family residential buildings with ductwork in unconditioned spaces range from 10-to-45 percent of total cooling and heating loads.

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The Energy Department’s Building America program has focused on leading residential remodeling strategies and energy-saving solutions. The program has tested and validated several cost-effective, low-risk methods at almost every step of the remodeling process.

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This month, the Remodeler’s Exchange examines a variety of topics on the subject of lead paint. Professional Remodeler’s Tom Swartz talked with William Shaw and George “Geep” Moore.

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This month, the Remodeler?s Exchange focuses on how to handle the ever-changing construction regulations enforced by our national and local governments. Professional Remodeler?s Tom Swartz spoke with Bob Hanbury and Mike Nagel about how they manage regulations in their firms.

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The Oklahoma Department of Environmental Quality is warning homeowners victimized by recent tornadoes to be wary of companies claiming to be “roof shingle recyclers.”

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