Pro Tips

Pro tips and techniques that will give you a helping hand in your daily life on the jobsite.

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    5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Landscaping Tools

    We got advice from the owner of a landscape company on how to keep gear and tools running at optimal levels.

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    How to Avoid Callbacks (and Other Customer Service Tips)

    Avoid callbacks. Increase repeat business. Generate more referrals. These are must-read tips for all painting contractors, but they also apply...


    Estimating Software Technology

    What? You’re not using geospatial generated estimates? Read this article to find out why you should start.


    Trim Carpentry Tips

    Trimming is detailed work that requires patience, skill and just a little bit of a perfectionism. Here are some great...


    STUDY: Do People Actually Want ‘Trendy’ Products in Their Homes?

    There are tons of options for homebuilding products with trendy features like smart technology. But do people actually want them...

    How To Build Your Own Truck Storage System

    Hauling around your tools and equipment just got easier. These field-tested tips from a fellow pro will help turn your...


    Must-Know Pro Tips and Tools for Measuring and Marking

    A collection of tips and tools for all the different kinds of measuring and marking that happen on the job.


    Protect Your Tools With These Jobsite Security Tips

    Here are some great tips to keep thieves from stealing your expensive tools and equipment from the jobsite.


    5 Best Resources for Women in Skilled Trades

    Succeeding as a woman in a historically male-centric industry is no small task. Here are some of the best resources...


    Jobsite Etiquette Tips for Subcontractors

    Here are some great tips that will keep you and your subcontractors in your customer’s good graces.


    How to Master Your Hole Saw

    A good hole saw kit is a staple in every pro's arsenal. Check out these great tips to drill faster,...


    Trailer Safety Checklist and Tips You Need to Know

    Hauling trailers can be dangerous, but for many people in the trades it is a daily necessity. Get a trailer...


    5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Spray Foam Gun

    Consider your spray foam truck as a factory on wheels, and therefore, maintain it as you would any other industrial...

    Tried-and-True Leveling Tips From Pro Carpenters

    Whether you’re just hanging a picture or building an entire house, getting things level is part of the project. Here,...


    Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

    Everything you wanted to know about breaker panels and more. A veteran electrical inspector answers your questions.


    Tips for Concrete Fasteners and Masonry Screws

    No matter which trade you're in, eventually you're going to tackle a project that requires fastening to bricks, blocks or...


    13 Ways Master Woodworkers Use Wood Clamps

    Pro woodworkers share their best tips and tricks for clamping wood, whether you are on the worksite or in the...


    Unique Ways to Organize and Protect Your Tools

    Keep your tools organized and protected from the elements with these great tips and products.


    Secrets of the Sawhorse: 7 Tips and Tricks

    A folding metal sawhorse is every tradesman’s best buddy. They’re inexpensive, lightweight, and easy to store. Here are some helpful...


    How to Hang Drywall: Pro Tips for Cutting and Installing

    A good framing crew makes drywall hangers whistle while they work. Follow these great hanging suggestions, and you can make...


    5 Tips for Cleaning and Maintaining Your Plumbing Snake

    Consistent maintenance of your drain-cleaning equipment reduces effort on site and prolongs its useful lifespan.

    Genius Reciprocating Saw Pro Tips That Will Save You Time and Money

    A reciprocating saw is a powerful, versatile tool. We’ll show you a few tricks to help you get more out...


    Everything to Know About Spray Foam Insulation Kits

    Closed-cell polyurethane spray foam has some pretty awesome qualities. It has a high R-value. It’s resistant to water, mold and...


    Tips for Tighter Miters and Better Coped Joints

    New to construction? Want to brush up on your trim techniques? Check out this story.


    12 Tips for Bending Metal with a Bending Brake

    A metal brake is the tool for bending custom metal flashing and decorative trim. Every siding contractor and most roofers...


    Best Practices for Trim Removal

    There’s an art to removing trim. Learn how to salvage the trim you want, while keeping the collateral damage to...


    Which Exterior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

    Not all exterior renovation projects are created equal. These are the ones that add the most value at resale.