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Protecting Construction Workers from Zika

You may not think Zika affects you, based on your location. But if your workers travel to other states for work or pleasure, they may very well be affected. Take a look at these tips to start protecting construction workers  from Zika now By Jennifer Morrell Mosquitoes have long been the outdoor pests we’d love to see [...]
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5 Tips for Earning a Profit on Every Job

One of the most important steps contractors can take toward profitability is to forget everything they think they know about pricing jobs. That is among the hard-earned lessons Brothers Who Just Do Gutters Co-founder Ryan Parsons shared in his fourth appearance on Pro Construction Guide PROcast, which is the industry’s only podcast dedicated exclusively to [...]
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Trends in white tile for bathrooms

White tile for bathrooms are a popular choice for homeowners who want to bring a larger, brighter feel to their bathroom. “Just because white tile is trending right now, it doesn’t mean we have a bunch of bathrooms that look the same,” said Marcus Hull, a store manager at The Tile Shop in Glen Burnie, Maryland. […]

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16 unique ways to decorate with crown molding

Here are some unique ways to decorate with crown molding, besides using it on the intersection of walls and ceilings: Create a 4-foot, bumped-out ledge over top of a kitchen window to make the room appear larger, and to provide the homeowner with extra space for plants and decorative plates. Skip the ceiling trim in the kitchen. [...]
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A Freshening Up: Bathroom Renovation Ideas that Shine

By Sulema Vela, Southern Division Pro Director, The Home Depot As homeowners begin looking ahead to spring renovation projects, now is the time to capitalize and sell the aesthetic and practical benefits of bathroom improvements. Whether applying something as simple as a fresh coat of paint or conducting more detailed fixture overhauls, there are plenty [...]
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What’s In a Remodeler’s Toolbox

Just more than a year ago, Zach Burske transitioned from 10 years of new construction work to remodeling with J&A Pino Construction, which he describes as “a whole different world.” “With remodeling work, you have to open things up and assess what’s there and what needs to be done,” says Burske. “With new construction, all [...]
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Construction Podcast 67: How to make money on every job

Ryan Parsons and his brother have made all kinds of mistakes growing their business, The Brothers That Just Do Gutters. Parsons shares his hard-earned formula and lessons for making money on any remodeling project. Podcast: Play in new window | DownloadSubscribe: iTunes | Android | RSS

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How to Paint a Vaulted Ceiling

Understanding the surfaces, dynamics and accessibility are key to painting a vaulted ceiling. By Chris Haught Staining or painting a vaulted ceiling presents painters with a set of unique challenges, beginning with access to the job. Since a vaulted ceiling often can be more than 20 feet high, the best approach to painting a vaulted [...]
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How to Rough-in Plumbing in New Construction

This high-end rough-in plumbing work combines the right materials, tools and techniques. By Harvey Adams and Michael Davis The first step for a successful rough-in plumbing in new construction is to get familiar with the local plumbing codes. States, counties and even municipalities create building codes. Regardless of how you learned to do the rough-in plumbing [...]
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Construction Podcast 66: Welcome to the new Pro Masonry Guide

Kevin Kilpatrick, founder and publisher, introduces Pros to a new media platform – Pro Masonry Guide – that provides how-to construction articles, tools and products, and much more. It’s the first bi-lingual masonry magazines, newsletter and website. Kilpatrick also updates listeners about Pro Construction Guide and Constru-Guia al dia.   Podcast: Play in new window […]

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