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Use these guidelines to change your approach to work 

Tightening this complex intersection of framing materials

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Subflooring that resists bowing and other damages while increasing efficiency

the wayne dalton luminous garage door

A sleek door that blends well with modern luxury and doubles as a weather barrier

Tradeoffs are a fact of life for remodeling Clients. To make good decisions, they need information...all of it.

home improvement spending on the rise

Data from around the industry indicates a gangbusters year for home improvement

home depot HBI grant will help vocational schools

The funds will go toward training 20,000 new skilled workers over the next 10 years, including veterans, ex-cons and high school students

An air purification system that knows when it needs a new filter, and tells you

A full-time marketer skilled in lead generation methods can drive big growth. Finding that person might not be easy.

It's rare to find lighting guidelines backed up by documented field testing

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The solution to handling stress often lies in better time management

A few easy-to-learn prompts combined with strong listening skills can help increase your close rate and avoid unhappy clients 

It can heat nearly five showers at once and could save homeowners thousands

You’ve read about rogue roofing contractors who scam unwitting homeowners? This scam’s aimed at roofers. 

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If your backlog is bumping up against a labor shortage, converting subcontractors to payroll employees might make sense. Here’s what that process entails.

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The Forgent series is made out of a proprietary material—a sort of glass and pvc hybrid—that makes it stronger and more resilient 

In a tightly air-sealed house, a mechanical ventilation system ensures a healthy exchange of fresh air

This exterior stair was formed over the top of an existing concrete stair sandwiched between masonry walls

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The home’s living room has the same footprint as pre-renovation, although it has been updated with new moldings and paint, as well as engineered hardwood flooring. The variegated wood plank and parquet floors are in the hallway, living and dining rooms. 

The New American Remodeled home’s interior shows off the latest products and technologies

computer lighting model

A computer lighting model converts input (such as ceiling and counter height, fixture and lamp type, surface color and reflectance, etc.) into both 2D output showing projected fc levels at every point on a 2x2 grid (above right), and a 3D model of the room showing the effects of the lighting plan (above). Current light levels at the island (right) are more than three times the 15 fc readings taken before the kitchen remodel.

Real-world footcandle readings shine a light on the importance of recessed fixture size, lamp type, and fixture location

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