Skilled Labor – Viable Option For Our Youth
August 28, 2013 – 8:24 am | 2 Comments

Skilled Labor Demands Growing Quickly
Editorial by Todd Fratzel
Typically I focus on facts and detailed information to help readers solve real life problems. This post is significantly different as it’s an editorial with my perspective on …

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Home Improvement Links
October 1, 2007 – 5:21 am | 5 Comments

Having a good source of references is a very important component of any home improvement project. If you’d like to be included in the home improvement links section of Home Construction Improvement then add this …

Proper Erection of Residential Wood Trusses
September 8, 2007 – 5:47 pm | 2 Comments
Proper Erection of Residential Wood Trusses

This week at work my crew was setting trusses for a new house and it reminded me about how often residential wood trusses collapse. The biggest reason they collapse is poor bracing and a mis-understanding …

TJI Floor Joist Time Saver
August 25, 2007 – 10:06 am | One Comment
TJI Floor Joist Time Saver

How To Quickly Cut TJI Joists
I’m often asked if there is a quick way to cut long TJI (I-Joist) joists to length while keeping the cuts square. We use Weyerhaeuser’s TJI’s for floor framing in …

Certainteed Vinyl Siding
August 16, 2007 – 8:02 pm | One Comment
Certainteed Vinyl Siding

One of the nice things about my job is I get to see and use lots of different building products. So when we built our new home I feel like I had quite the leg …

CABOT Decking Stains
August 13, 2007 – 6:19 pm | No Comment
CABOT Decking Stains

The other day I wrote about my deck staining project. Since then I’ve had several questions about which type of Cabot stain I used. I used Cabot Decking Stain, color 1480 Redwood. This stain works …

Staining Pressure Treated Deck Framing
August 11, 2007 – 3:52 pm | 3 Comments
Staining Pressure Treated Deck Framing

Our deck out back was framed with pressure treated lumber. We used cambara decking for the surface and it’s treated with Penofin sealer. In order to get the pressure treated to look more like the …

Custom Colonial House Plans
August 6, 2007 – 7:00 pm | No Comment
Custom Colonial House Plans

Colonial Style Home With Farmer’s Porch

Lately I’ve had a few people ask me where I got the plans for our new home. The answer is simple, I designed the house myself (with lots of input …

Sealing Cambara Decking
July 31, 2007 – 2:53 pm | No Comment
Sealing Cambara Decking

Last fall we finished building the decks and porches on the new house. We used Cambara decking for both the deck and the farmers porch. At the time a co-worker suggested that I use Penofin …