Safety

nail injuries can be far too common for remodelers

Studies show that “bump nailers” cause twice as many serious injuries compared with sequential-trigger nail guns. Three carpenters we interviewed (Shawn Mahler, Caleb Miller, and Nathan Roberts) described the injuries shown in these photos during video interviews available at the website for the Center for Construction Research and Training.

Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers

Photos courtesy of John Quarenga, CR, of Jay-Cue Construction, North Bergen, N.J

Photos courtesy of John Quarenga, CR, of Jay-Cue Construction, North Bergen, N.J,

Remodelers advise slow, deliberate pace and avoiding scammers.

The New American Home 2012 in Orlando, Fla. qualified for the EPA’s Indoor Envir

The New American Home 2012 in Orlando, Fla. qualified for the EPA’s Indoor Environment Protocols.

Millions of American homes will be retrofitted in the coming years to increase energy efficiency, install green features, and add upgrades. When retrofit activities account for and address potential indoor air quality concerns, this work can lower utility costs and improve indoor air quality at the same time.

Honeywell Safety Products announces the new Miller ShockFusion Permanent Horizontal Lifeline Roof System.

There’s a new step in the marketing process with today’s homeowner

Contractors and homeowners say the LRRP rules deter hiring lead-safe certified contractors

The U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission has so far been unable to persuade Chinese makers of defective drywall to compensate U.S. homeowners, Insurance Journal reported. The drywall in question was imported to the U.S. after Hurricane Katrina as part of the effort to rebuild damaged homes. Approximately 4,000 homeowners have since filed complaints about the product.

In a letter addressed to U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) Administrator Lisa P. Jackson, the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) requested stricter enforcement of the Lead Renovation, Repair and Painting (LRRP) Rule.

The National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI) submitted a letter to the U.S. Senate’s Committee on Small Business and Entrepreneurship, which has called a hearing on regulatory issues small business face. The letter centers on the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency’s (EPA) Lead Renovation Repair and Painting rules (LRRP).

A settlement was reached last week for some of the homeowners who filed suit against a Chinese manufacturers over faulty drywall. A New Orleans federal judge signed off on the settlement, in which Knauf Plasterboard Tianjin Company agreed to pay repair and relocation costs for 300 homeowners in Florida, Louisiana, Mississippi and Alabama.

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