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Lumber Prices Down Nearly 40 Percent From May Peak

The price of lumber has been dropping all throughout June. But how long will this trend last?

Construction Employment Slips By 20,000 Jobs in May

The construction industry is spinning its wheels as material shortages continue causing non-residential construction to sputter.


Construction Training Program for Girl Scouts Launches This Fall

Only 11 percent of construction workers in 2020 were women. The Home Depot Foundation and the Girl Scouts of the...


When Will Wood Prices Go Down?

Lumber is currently historically expensive. But exactly how long will that be case?


OSHA Makes Key Change to COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting

OSHA is relaxing the record-keeping requirements around vaccination side effects. Here's how the rule change affects employers.

New Home Sales Dip in April Due to Cost Concerns

Housing affordability is becoming problematic as construction materials become more and more expensive.


Construction Production Drops as Material Costs Surge

Building homes is steadily getting more expensive, complicating matters for homebuilders and home buyers alike.

The Home Depot Launches $250,000 Trade School Scholarship Program

Interested in going to school to learn a skilled trade? The Home Depot wants to help you with that.


Building Material Costs Climb to Record Highs

The cost of construction materials is up across the board, putting a unique strain on homebuilders across the country.


Commerce Secretary Meets With Homebuilding Officials Over Supply Chain Concerns

The U.S. Commerce Secretary met with senior homebuilding officials last week to decide how best to address the supply chain...


Department of Labor Withdraws Proposed Independent Contractor Rule

A controversial new labor rule has been withdrawn from consideration. But what comes next?

Trade School Students Win Scholarships From The Home Depot

The Home Depot is giving a helping hand to the next generation of construction workers.


Remodeling Industry Celebrates National Home Remodeling Month

As the home improvement craze continues to sweep across the U.S., a leading industry group shares resources and tips all...


Green Industry Expo to Return In-Person This Fall

After a year of virtual trade shows, the GIE+EXPO returns to its normal format this October.


NAHB to Host Webinars on Lumber Alternatives in Home Building

Faced with an unprecedented leap in lumber prices, home builders may have to turn to alternative building methods to keep...


How Home Builders Are Working Around Record-High Lumber Prices

Rising lumber prices are forcing home builders to change the way they conduct business.

Austrian Startup Unveils Multitasking Construction Robot

A new construction robot is in development that can handle a bunch of jobsite tasks ... and it can climb...


Thryv Hosting Free Virtual Seminar for HVAC Pros

Calling all HVAC pros! Join this free seminar to boost your business or career.


Tips for Working with Contractors on Your Home

Working with contractors can be a stressful experience for everyone involved. Here are some tips on how to make the...


NAHB Announces COVID-19 Vaccine Awareness Week

The goal is to educate construction workers on vaccine safety and get the industry vaccinated.


The Home Depot Sponsors ‘Signing Day’ for Trade School Students

The home improvement center teams up with SkillsUSA to celebrate high school graduates entering careers in the trades.


Residential Construction Employment Fully Recovers from Pandemic Losses

After a year of economic uncertainty, residential construction employment levels have climbed back to where they were pre-pandemic. But will...


5 Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Construction

Protect your hearing while you work with these noise-reducing headsets.


Construction Labor Shortage: Study Finds 430,000 Workers Needed

The construction industry is getting busier every day and needs to hire a lot more workers to keep up.

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Harbor Freight ‘Good, Better, Best’ Tools Review

We reviewed these Harbor Freight tools through their paces and discovered we like them all. Read on for the details.


Paycheck Protection Program Out of Funds, No Longer Accepting Applications

The Paycheck Protection Program has run its course after providing well over half a trillion dollars in loans to small...


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What to Know About Virtual Interior Designers

If you need a little help redecorating your home, online design companies can lend a hand — without breaking your...


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You Can Still Get Renovation Estimates While Sheltering in Place

Social distancing doesn't have to stop you from hiring contractors to maintain your home, discuss future renovations or get started...


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The Healthy Way to Handle Home Repair Providers

Here are seven expert-recommended ways to keep everyone safe and healthy when hosting a home repair contractor.


12 Things You Should Always Ask a Contractor Before Building a House

The idea of building a new home is exciting. However, if you don't ask your contractor the right questions prior...