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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.

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.


Department of Labor Withdraws Proposed Independent Contractor Rule

A controversial new labor rule has been withdrawn from consideration.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


New BriqCash Payment and Rewards Platform for Contractors

BriqCash is a new way for construction workers to manage their finances and earn some industry-specific rewards along the way.

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...


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.

5 Best Noise-Cancelling Headphones for Construction

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


Builder Confidence Drops as Interest Rates and Material Costs Increase

Historic lumber prices and normalizing mortgage rates are causing concern for home builders.


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...


5 Highest-Paying States for Electricians

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


How to Become a Limited-Energy Electrician

A sea change in how homes work has created the perfect storm for limited-energy electricians. Learn how you can ride...

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...


Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

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


Electrical Code Requirements for Islands and Peninsulas 

If the title of this topic has you daydreaming about a tropical island or peninsula somewhere in the Caribbean Sea,...


National Worker’s Group Criticizes OSHA’s COVID-19 Safety Standards

The National Council for Occupational Safety and Health is not happy with how the federal government has handled worker safety...


Home Building Insights from the Houzz Kitchen Trends Study

Take a deep dive into the world of modern kitchen design and renovation.


Housing Starts End the Year at the Fastest Pace Since 2006

Home building activity surged at the end of the year, setting the stage for a busy 2021.


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.

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5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Rookie Electrician

We spoke to a veteran electrician to find out the five things he wishes he had known before his first...


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...


How to Become a 120V Electrician

Looking for a career with great potential? Here's how to become an electrician.