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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?


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...


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...


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 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.


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.


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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?


Unique Industry Insights from Three Female Construction Leaders

In honor of Women's Entrepreneurship Day, we caught up with three women who built businesses and thrived in the traditionally...

Home Depot to Give Employees Permanent Pay Raise

This has been a particularly rewarding year for The Home Depot thanks to fervent public interest in home improvement and...


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26 Things That Changed DIY Forever

Innovations that improved home improvement.


Summer Home Buying Surge Slows in September

New home sales in September dropped for the first time in months. Is this a sign of further declines to...


SURVEY: Contractors Concerned With Long-Term Effects of COVID-19

COVID-19 isn't going away soon, leaving contractors to figure out how to work through.


Lumber Prices Finally Fell in October (But Are Still Way Too High)

Lumber prices dropped in early October, but not nearly enough, and now home builders and lawmakers are working together to...


Young Professionals Week for Home Builders Starts Oct. 12

The week will include webinars and other events showcasing life as a young professional in the home building industry.

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New Company ‘RenoRun’ Delivers Materials Directly to Your Jobsite

RenoRun wants to bring you everything you need for a job directly to the jobsite.


DOL Proposes Rule to Clarify the Definition of an Independent Contractor

Independent contractor or employee? The U.S. Department of Labor wants to simplify that question.


Homebuilding Sector Drives Construction Employment Surge

Residential construction led the way to another positive month for construction employment.


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Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...