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Did You Know You Can Return Building Materials?

Clear up some clutter in your workshop and make a little money by returning those unused building materials.

White House Holds Summit On Housing Industry Supply Chain Issues

As supply chain constraints continue to limit home building, industry leaders met with government officials to plan a course of...


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...


Construction Employment Numbers Continue to Slide in June

The construction industry is having a hard time generating consistent job growth. How long will these labor woes last?


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What to Consider When Preparing Your Site for a Build

Before you can start building a cabin or home, you need to prepare the site. Here are the steps for...

New Home Sales Fall Short of Forecasts in May

The housing market cooled off a little in May, but a busy and (complicated) summer looms for the home building...


12 Silent Signs Your House Has Foundation Problems

Cracks, gaps and more can be serious signs of foundation issues with your home.

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?

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.


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...


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...


Lowe’s Revamps In-Store Shopping Experience for Pros

Lowe's is changing things up in its stores to create a smooth, consistent shopping experience for construction professionals.

California Safety Chief Named New Head of OSHA

A new administration signals that changes are coming to OSHA.


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...


Construction Officials Critical of Virginia’s New Emergency Safety Standards

Last week, Virginia became the first state to enforce a set of new safety standards in response to rising risks...


Why Houses are So Expensive to Build

Find out what's driving housing prices up and why so many people struggle to find affordable housing options.


5 Essential Tips for Pro Carpenters

Five game-changing pro tips for carpenters who want to up their game and get more efficient on the jobsite.


Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

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


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‘Shark Tank’ Star and Lowes Launch Home Improvement Competition

From specially designed hauling handles to an innovative soil testing system, hundreds of small business owners competed to be featured...


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Which Home Improvement Projects Are Most Popular in 2021?

Good news, contractors: Home improvement spending is expected to rise in 2021, and the majority of home owners are planning...

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New Legislation Seeks To Expand National Apprenticeship System

The U.S. House passed a bill that could lead to a boom in apprenticeships. It awaits Senate approval.


13 Frontline Workers Receive Home Repair Relief From Super Bowl Campaign

Lowe's also donated $100,000 toward home repairs in Tampa.

Home Depot Reveals Improved Pro Paint Rewards Program

The Home Depot is further expanding their pro loyalty program with the addition of rewards for paint purchases.


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9 Things Carpenters Always Do Working On Their Homes

Ever wonder what practices, principles, tools and materials pro carpenters can't live without? Discover nine of them so you can...


Builder Confidence Holds Strong as 2020 Ends

2020 was a uniquely challenging yet busy year for the home building industry. Will that productivity continue into 2021?


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Vintage Family Handyman Feature from 1986: New Building Techniques for Remodelers

To celebrate Family Handyman's 70th anniversary, we're sharing some of our favorite articles from the past. Check out these home-building...