There simply is not enough skilled labor to build what is being sold in many markets, and the prospect of more labor coming in time to make any kind of short- or medium-term difference is not very bright.
This simple system of steel cable and connectors pre-stresses the wood structure. Because the wire stretches, it can be “pre-stressed” to produce zero movement and compensate for building settling and long term wood shrinkage. Shrinkage and movement are a common problem in wood framed buildings; a problem which the old method of straps and threaded anchors simply do not address. When the building is exposed to dead loads as it is being built, deflections develop in these products, creating a “loose” load path to the foundation.
It is the season of New Year’s resolutions, and there is one resolution that can do more to benefit your health this year than joining a gym or starting a new diet: Making a commitment to jobsite safety.
The frenzy of urbanization and rise in multi-family apartments across the U.S. set new records in 2016. The industry pushed developers and engineers to construct innovative apartment structures to accommodate market demands and forever change the competitive landscape in multi-family development.
What is claimed to be the largest "mass timber" building in the US, and the country's first major wooden multi-story building in more than 100 years, opened recently in Minneapolis.
A new NAHB study presents the most recent and comprehensive estimates of home building employment, including self-employed workers, by state and congressional district.
Brent Benson, a physicist, sailmaker and a former electrician demonstrates a method for coiling extension cords called “flaking” or “faking”.