Sophia Bates, Author at Pro Construction Guide
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Sophia Bates

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OSHA’s 90-Day Delay of the Crystalline Silica Standard

In April, the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced a delay of the crystalline silica standard, citing a need for more time to conduct additional outreach and provide educational materials and guidance for employers. The silica safety standard was set to begin June 23 but will now be enforced beginning on Sept. 23. OSHA says [...]
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Rapid Set Sealants and Adhesives

Easy to apply and durable Rapid Set’s line of sealants and adhesives are multi-purpose for vertical, horizontal and overhead applications. They are durable in wet and dry environments, and are used indoors and outdoors. They also are easy to apply and are durable. Available in a non-sag sealant (white, gray, sandstone), self-leveling sealant (light gray, gray, sandstone), flexible [...]
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LP SmartSide Strand Substrate Vertical Siding

Has rich shadow lines and cedar-grain texture LP SmartSide Vertical Siding is a treated, engineered wood strand substrate with rich shadow lines and cedar-grain texture. This vertical siding is strongly suited for the board-and-batten architectural style. It has a no-groove square edge that measures 3⁄8 x 16 inches x 16 feet. The 16-foot length eliminates [...]
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Deckwise Ipe Oil Hardwood Deck Finish

Well suited for Ipe, Tigerwood, Cumaru and other exotic hardwoods Ipe Oil Hardwood Deck Finish is an oil-based natural wood finish specifically formulated to protect and preserve the natural beauty of exterior hardwood decks. The finish offers excellent penetration of even the densest hardwoods with minimal raising of the grain. It protects and conditions the wood [...]
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Reclaimed Hardwood Flooring 101

Antique Oak. Historic Plank. Hickory. Wormy Chestnut. Beech/Maple and White Pine. And the list goes on and on... When it comes to giving a project that little something extra, adding reclaimed hardwood flooring can provide a beautiful and warm finish all its own. And its appeal surpasses aesthetics, since repurposing reclaimed wood also demonstrates a [...]
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How to Install Second-Story Subflooring

Installing second-floor floor panels is a matter of consistency and attention to detail. Follow these steps to properly install second-story subflooring. By Jack Roberts Once floor joists have been put in place, it’s time to lay down a durable subfloor. The process to install second-story subflooring is relatively straightforward, but taking time to attend to the [...]
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How to Finish Drywall

A good finishing job can take your drywall from ordinary to professional. Here is how to finish drywall. By Rich Nation We all know that bad taping or finishing of drywall can make a good job look horrible. This is the one trade that can literally make a job look either professional or sub-par. So [...]
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Efficiency within Reach: The “Must-Haves” for a More Organized Workspace

By Steve Lent, Tool Storage and Automotive Merchant, The Home Depot What’s the best gift to give the Pro who has everything? How about a place to store it. With the Father’s Day holiday and seasonal retail sales discounts approaching, it’s easy for Pros to consider investing in new tools that can make their day-to-day [...]
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7 categories of hardwood flooring you need to know

There aren't many treatments that give a room – any room, in any setting – a warmer look than a hardwood floor. The good thing is that the enduring and enticing look of hardwood flooring is available in myriad types and styles. Regardless of what decor you are working with – traditional, modern, country, etc. – ,many different categories [...]
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Pro Review: Gas vs. gasless cordless nail guns

The Tool Box Buzz pro crew assembled in Concord, Mass., last winter to test five cordless nail guns – including one gasless model – in cold weather. Ambient temperatures during testing were roughly 20°F and equipment was left out overnight to simulate standard field conditions. This is what happened when we tested gas vs. gasless cordless nail [...]
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