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Become a more well-rounded professional with these insights into life as a pro in the trades.

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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 process go as smoothly as possible.

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...


10 Things To Do When You Have Contractor Problems

There's nothing quite like a home renovation that's firing on all cylinders. It's easy to get excited when your contractor...


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10 of the Toughest Home Improvement Jobs

Some home improvement projects may look easy, but once you get going, you quickly realize things can be tougher than...


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Crucial Differences Between Licensed & Unlicensed Contractors

Choosing an unlicensed contractor comes with legal liabilities for the homeowner.

Construction Industry Still Struggling With Skilled Labor Shortage

New analysis of U.S. Bureau of Labor Statistics data shows construction firms still have trouble finding and hiring skilled laborers...


OSHA Releases Ten Most Cited Violations for FY 2020

Fiscal year 2020 was a complicated year for workplace safety.

Eco-Friendly Cement Unveiled by Researchers at Western Sydney University

Concrete is essential for the construction industry, but bad for the environment. A team of researchers is working to solve...


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...


Build Concrete Steps 

Learn how to build concrete steps that look fantastic and will last 100 years.


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...

Home Builders and Remodelers Optimistic Heading Into Winter

Remodeling and home building are in high demand, and industry pros anticipate no letup over the next few months.


2021 International Builders’ Show Goes Virtual

The 2021 International Builders' Show is moving online out of an abundance of caution.


Learn More About the Science Behind Concrete

Ever wonder what concrete is really made of? Read this and find out.


How To Pour a Perfect Concrete Apron

We followed a concrete crew for the day in order to find out the process behind their black concrete aprons....


5 Highest-Paying States for Masonry Contractors

Take a look at the five states with the highest average professional masonry contractor salaries across the U.S.

Professor Works to Reduce Concrete Construction’s Carbon Footprint

Concrete production leads to a lot of greenhouse gas and a lot of heat. A professor in Texas is working...


How To Level Concrete Slabs

If you have an uneven concrete slab, you could replace it or cover it with leveling compound. But consider grinding...


Thermomass

Are you trying to decide if your next foundation is going to be block, poured or SIP’s? Don’t make that decision until you read...


How Proper Prep Leads to Crack-Free Concrete

Good finishing techniques will make a slab look great for a while, but proper ground prep will keep it looking...