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Housing input prices resume rise

The risks of underestimating job costs continued to grow in September as prices for materials used to build, remodel, repair, maintain and improve homes increased 0.2 percent after declining each of the prior two months, according to the latest producer price index (PPI) released by the Bureau of Labor Statistics. The index for inputs to [...]
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Why contractors need to understand keywords research

Are you trying to grow your contracting, construction, or remodeling business with effective digital marketing? Here is an online marketing tip to help you better target the right visitors. Without visitors your website is just a digital paper weight, doing nothing but sitting there collecting digital dust in some far off corner of the web.  [...]
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Construction input costs growing much faster than bid prices

Prices for goods and services used in construction rose over the past year at nearly double the rate that contractors have raised their bid prices to put up new buildings, according to an analysis by the Associated General Contractors of America of new Labor Department data. Association officials noted that the cost increases come as [...]
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How to Make a Bathroom Safer

Sponsored Content The bathroom is one of the most used rooms in the home or office and can often be the most dangerous. Between the aging population in the United States and an increasing number of bathroom injuries by people under 45, outfitting the bath with grab bars, assist bars, and other safety items is [...]
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Energizer brings light to jobsites

This Pro Construction Guide Product Showcase is brought to you by Energizer® Energizer® Vision HD+ Focus - Up to 315 Lumens Bring light to the dark areas of your construction projects courtesy of our headlamp with up to 315 lumens in high mode. Hands-free, water resistant and is up to 1 meter drop tested to withstand [...]
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Contractor survey predicts winning and losing trends

Aging in place, high-end finishes, higher-quality products and modern designs with open floor plans remain the strongest residential construction trends, according to contractors surveyed by the online marketing platform GuildQuality. The three trends were also identified as the top three trends by GuildQuality members in the second quarter. The company sends its Market Prediction Survey [...]
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Lacticrete endows scholarship for college’s masonry program

Laticrete, a leading manufacturer of globally proven construction solutions for the building industry, has established an annual $25,000 merit-based scholarship for students enrolled in the masonry craft specialization program at the American College of Building Arts in Charleston, South Carolina. Named after Laticrete Co-Owner and Senior Vice President of Training Henry B. Rothberg, the scholarship [...]
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What are the top five challenges facing contractors, today?

This Pro Construction Guide Product Showcase is brought to you by BuildDirect.         Learning Center      Be a PRO     BuildDirect If there’s one thing you learn quickly as a contractor, it’s that not every job goes according to plan. In many cases, the challenges you face on a typical work site [...]
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BuildDirect upgrades loyalty program for Pro contractors

BuildDirect, which specializes in shipping bulky building supplies and tools direct to homes and job sites in Canada and the United States, has dramatically enhanced its rewards program for professional contractors. As of Aug. 23, home improvement professionals registered in the BuildDirect PRO Rewards Program earn instantly redeemable credit after every purchase. Rewards immediately appear [...]
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New Energizer Inverter Generator priced below $2000

Energizer® Generators recently launched a 7500-watt inverter generator with electronic fuel injection (EFI) at less than half the price of a comparable model from Honda. The Energizer eZV7500, which was launched May 30 at $1,899, is designed to compete with the Honda eu7000iS, which was being advertised online in late August at $4,000. Both models [...]
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