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Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation

Self-Taught MBA: Builder-Office Automation

Nowadays, builder software offers far more than estimating and accounting. We take a close look at what’s available and discuss how you can determine what office automation products provide the best fit for you.

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How to Cut a Hole in a Ceiling Without Making a Mess

How to Cut a Hole in a Ceiling Without Making a Mess

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If you've got to cut a hole in a drywall ceiling for a light fixture, you could just let the dust and debris fall and clean it up later, but there's a better way.

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NAHB Asks That New Silica Rule Be Pulled

NAHB Asks That New Silica Rule Be Pulled

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The Occupational Health and Safety Administration is seeking lower exposure limits for crystalline silica, but the National Association of Home Builders says the agency doesn't understand how the new rule would work in the 'real world.'

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Green Building Is a Growing Business

Green Building Is a Growing Business

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A study by McGraw Hill Construction finds that a growing number of builders expect green building to be an important part of their business mix.

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Showcase House Open for Virtual Tours

Showcase House Open for Virtual Tours

The New American Home opened for tours as part of the International Builders' Show in Las Vegas. Now a website offers virtual tours for anyone who couldn't be there in person.

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How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

How to Remove and Replace a Section of Vinyl Siding

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All it takes is a few minutes and a few simple tools to get access for repairs or modifications to a wall covered in this popular cladding.

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Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

Sticky House Wrap? - Delta Vent SA Review

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Sticky House Wrap? Yes, that makes perfect sense. I just completed my first job with Delta Vent SA a house wrap from German company Cosella-Dorken. Here's my impressions.

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Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier

Self-Taught MBA: Project Management Made Easier

Project management is the skill set at the heart of any contracting business, and technology brings powerful tools to help you to do it better. As we continue looking into computing power tools for job-site management, we'll focus this time on InLoox for Outlook.

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Install a Prehung Exterior Door

Install a Prehung Exterior Door

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Installing an exterior door so it works and looks great is an essential building skill. Carpenter Andy Engel is going to show us how to do it.

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Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

Oil vs Latex Paint for Millwork (Ben Moore Aura Review)

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Classic argument among Custom Builders: Oil or Latex for Millwork. I've been an Oil fan for years but I'm finally coming around to Latex and I think I've found the right paint for the "Crisp" paint job that I demand in my houses.

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How to Patch a Leaky PVC Water Pipe

How to Patch a Leaky PVC Water Pipe

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If you've got a PVC water-supply line that's dripping, you could put a bucket under it and use it to irrigate the garden, but there's a better way

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Our Houses Are Getting Older

Our Houses Are Getting Older

The median age of American houses climbed to 35 years in 2011, a sharp increase over 1985's 23-year median age. The National Association of Home Builders says this may signal an opportunity for remodelers.

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Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin

Book Excerpt: Back to the Cabin

Get a sneak peek of this beautiful book, plus you could win tickets to the Midwest Lake Home & Cabin Show and meet the author

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APA Publishes Updated Online Catalog

APA Publishes Updated Online Catalog

APA--The Engineered Wood Association offers hundreds of downloads for free on a variety of building topics.

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Your House and the Internet

Your House and the Internet

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The internet giant Google acquires a company that makes internet-connected thermostats and fire detectors. Greater web connectivity with ordinary household devices is probably ahead.

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Composite Post Sleeve Scraps make great bird houses

Composite Post Sleeve Scraps make great bird houses

Rather than toss post sleeve cutoffs in the trash, recycle them into bird houses in just a few minutes.

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Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

Mesquite Hardwood Floor Install - Tips & tricks from a wood geek

This Mesquite Hardwood floor is stunning and this video will show you the start-to-finish process. I've included some tips from a geeky Custom Builder that you won't find anywhere else.

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Our Houses Are Getting Bigger and More Expensive

Our Houses Are Getting Bigger and More Expensive

A National Association of Home Builders survey finds that lot sizes have shrunk slightly while the average house size has climbed to about 2600 square feet.

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Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Wood

Build a Simple Shingle-Cutting Bench from Scrap Wood

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If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way.       If you need to cut some starter strips for asphalt shingles, you could drop to your knees and just cut them right there on the ground out of the bundle, but there's a better way.

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Solar Companies: Next Big Thing on Wall Street?

Solar Companies: Next Big Thing on Wall Street?

SolarCity installs panels at little or no cost, then charges homeowners for electricity. Its stock is rising quickly as national interest grows in solar installations.

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