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How to Choose an Appropriate Mortar Mix
An overview of the different types of mortar mix and how to choose the appropriate type of mix for your project.
How to Pour Concrete in Cold Weather
Do you need to pour concrete in cold or even freezing conditions? Here is your guide to concrete basics and tips for pouring concrete in cold weather.
The Top 5 Flooring Types for Your Home
Types of Flooring: Top Five Flooring Types
Expert Advice for Handicapped Bathroom Safety
ADA (The American with Disabilities Act) guidelines regulate the construction and compliance of handicapped accessible bathrooms.
6 Steps to Estimating Concrete Pricing
Estimating Concrete Pricing: Learn what you need to consider when estimating concrete and pricing concrete.
What Material Should You Use for Your Exterior...
Exterior Wall Types: List of different alternatives to use as exterior walls.
How to Become a Florida Licensed Contractor
Florida Contractor License: How to Become a Licensed Contractor
What Is a Lump Sum?
Lump Sum: What Is A Lump Sum? A lump sum contracts offer some benefit although it has some restrictions.
Types of Bricks
Bricks Types and bricks advanatages.
How to Bid Commercial Construction Projects
Explanation on how to complete and prepare a construction bid for a commercial project.
What is Hydraulic Cement? Uses and How to Apply
Hydraulic cement can be used successfully to stop leaks in concrete and masonry structures. Hydraulic cement will not deteriorate even if the surface on which it will be applied it is submerged or below grade.
Installation Height for Bathroom Accessories
Recommended guidelines to install bathroom accessories. This detailed guideline will assist you when determining the installation height of bathroom accessories.
What You Should Know about French Drains
French Drain: Learn How to Install a French Drain.
How to Paint in Cole Weather
What to do and what to avoid when painting in cold weather. Learn what you can do when temperature falls beyond 35 degrees.
House Wrap Pros, Cons and Installation Tips
House wrap installation tips, benefits and disadvantages. Importance of House wrap and Installation Tips.
Common Types of Electrical Conduit
Common Types of Electrical Conduit.
Construction Contract Documents
Your construction contract must-have items.
What is Underpinning?
What is Underpinning? Underpinning Methods
Benefits of Argon Filled Windows
Pros and Cons of Argon Gas Windows
Types of Construction Contracts
Common types of construction contracts.
Builder’s Risk Insurance Explained
Information of coverage and exclusion of the Builder's Risk Insurance.
What is a Bid Bond?
Bid Bond Basics: Understanding why a bid bond is required and how does it works.
How to Request a Time Extension in Construction
Time Extension: How to Request a Time Extension
How to Backfill
Backfilling: Backfliing alternatives.
8 Steps to Estimating Drywall
Learn how to estimate drywall and how to prepare drywall take-offs.
Types of Water Pumps
Water Pumps: Learn about the different pump types, their advantages and when to use them.
Cost-Plus Contracts Explained
Cost-plus contract basic information. What to expect and when to use a cost-plus contract.
7 Commonly Used Concrete Admixtures
Concrete admixtures were developed to reduce problems when placing and.or finishing concrete.
Construction Scheduling Techniques
Four ways to prepare a construction schedule: Bar charts, critical path, line of balance, and Q scheduling.
Concrete Curing Methods
Concrete Curing Methods: Alternatives and tips when curing concrete.
Bored Pile Advantages
Usually bored pile is used for those tall buildings or massive industrial complexes, which require foundations that can bear the load of thousands of tons.
10 of the World's Largest Construction Projects
List of World's Largest Construction Projects. World's largest construction projects being developed as of 2010.
Estimating Framing Material: How to Estimate...
How to Estimate Framing Material. Step by step on how to estimate framing material
How to Install Insulation: Wall Insulation
Tips when installing wall insulation. Wall insulation can be obtained by using faced batt or unfaced batt insulation.
7 Basic Components of a Critical Path Method
Basic Components of a Critical Path Method. The Critical Path Method is powerful tool that must be used in every construction project.
Curing Concrete: Curing Concrete in Cold Weather
Cold weather curing concrete tips.
How to Repair Concrete
Tips on how to Repair Concrete Cracks. Concrete cracks should be repaired depending on how large the crack is.
Saw Cuts in Concrete
Learn how, when and where concrete must be cut to generate joints.
Sewer Pipe Installation: How to Install a Sewer...
Now that you have both elevations and the pipe length, we need to calculate the pitch or fall of the sewer pipe run.
Concrete Joints Types
Concrete Joints Types: Types of joints and how to decide which one is suitable.
How to Become a Licensed Contractor
California Contractor License: Requirements and Information on How to Become a Licensed Contractor in California
Mortar Mix: Mixing Mortar Tips
Tips to learn how to mix mortar. Learn when the mortar mix has obtained the desired consistency.
Cork Flooring: Benefits and Disadvantages of...
Cork Flooring: Benefits and Disadvantages of Cork Flooring
3 Types of Hold Harmless Agreements in...
A Hold Harmless Agreement is a way to protect your business, but did you know there are three differente types of Hold Harmless Agreements?
What Are the 3 Types of Electrical Transformer...
Electrical transformers need to be tested before arriving at your jobsite. Are you aware of the type of test electrical transformers should have? This article will let you know the type of test a transformer should have
Masonry: Cold Weather Masonry
Masonry in cold weather tips. Tips when working with masonry under cold weather.
6 Common Kinds of Construction Insurance
Specific list of the most common used construction insurances.
Performance Bonds
Performance Bonds: A basic introduction to Performance Bonds.
Demolition Methods
A building or structure can be demolish using different techniques. Find which one to use during your next demolition project.
Home Wiring Basics You Need to Know
Home Wiring Basics: Understanding Home Wiring Basics. This article presents some wiring basics from the overhead wires to the interior on the home.
The 10 Best iPhone and iPad Apps for Constructi...
IPhone: List of Recommended Apps for The Construction Industry
Review of Some of the Best Hammer Drills
Hammer Drill: Bosch 1191VSR. Construction.
Available Drywall Types and Their Applications
List of the most common used drywall and their applications.
What is Stucco: How to Stucco
How to Stucco: What is Stucco and basic stucco information.
What is Dewatering?
What is Dewatering? Learn how to perform dewatering and what you must know before start the dewatering process.
Statement of Work (SOW)
Statement of Work. Basic guidelines to ellaborate a Statement of Work (SOW)
Types of Built-Up Roofing and Their Benefits.
What are Built-Up roofing systems and the pros and cons of choosing a built-up roofing system.
Indemnity Agreements
Indemnity Agreements: Three common types of indemnity agreements.
Hardwood Flooring: Installing Hardwood Flooring
Hardwood Flooring Installation Tips and Tricks. Learn how to install hardwood flooring.
What Are the Benefits of Plumbing Manifolds?
Plumbing Manifolds: When to use plumbing manifolds and their advantages.
Understanding Soft Costs
Understanding Soft Costs
Estimating Software
Estimating Software
How to Apply Caulk
Basic tips to apply caulk. Learning tips and procedure when applying caulk.
Common Causes for a Change Order
Common Causes for a Change Order on a construction project. Change orders tend to add time and cost to construction projects.
Foundation Design
Relevant information when designing a foundation for a structure.
Ready Mix Concrete Tips: Ready Mix Ordering Tips
You could be ordering the wrong mix design, reducing your revenues or offering a product that is not the ideal concrete mix design.
Time and Material: Time and Materials Contract
Time and Materials Contract: Things to know when using a Time and Materials Contract
Best Kitchen Countertops
List of the Best Kitchen Countertops. These article also highlight the pros and cons of kitchen countertop materials.
Tips for Estimating Structural Steel
Tips when estimating structural steel
Learn How to Install a Door with These Basic...
Door Installation: Tips on how to install a door.
Benefits of Building Information Modeling (BIM)
BIM can offer several benefits depending on what your professional role is. Building Information Modeling is the future for the construction industry.
Fiber Cement Siding: Cement Siding Pros and Cons
All about cement siding. Cement Siding Pros and Cons and how to install cement siding.
Bids: Looking for Construction Bids?
Construction Bids: Where to look for Construction Bids and where to find bidding opportunities.
Answering a Request for Proposal (RFP)...
Answering the Request for Proposal is a virtue. Here are some simple hints that will enable you to answer the RFP in an effective way.
Types of Grout: Different types of grout.
Types of Grout: Different types of grout and where to use each grout.
Public Private Partnership Pros and Cons
Public Private Partnership (P3) : Their benefits and disadvantages. Case studies of some great Public Private Partnerships around the US and the World.
Remodeling Design Software
Common software used for remodeling purposes.
Construction Guide to "Time Impact Analysis"
A time impact analysis is used to determine the extent of the possible delay in the construction activities.
Marble Tile Flooring
Tips and sealing information for marble tile flooring, including a look at different types of sealants and the methods of production.
Tuckpointing: How to Tuckpoint?
Tuckpointing tips basics. Learna about tuckpointing and how to do it.
Application For Payment Form
Application for payment basic form. This payment application can be customized to fit you construction project.
Concrete Mix: Concrete Mix Basics
Concrete Mix Basics. Learn how to design a great concrete mix.
The Leaning Tower of Pisa
The Leaning Tower of Pisa: The facts and issues behind the leaning Tower of Pisa
Concrete Vibration: Tips on How to Vibrate...
How to Vibrate Concrete. Tips on how to vibrate concrete, do's and dont's of concrete vibration.
Earth Moving Equipment: Six Common Heavy...
Earth Moving Equipment: 6 Popular Equipment Used to Move Dirt
Tips When Recording As-Built Drawings
Tips When Recording As-Built Drawings. As built drawings are a record of how the construction was made by the contrator.
What You Need to Know about Gantt Charts
Gantt Charts basics. Learn to prepare a Gantt Chart.
Bricks: How to Prevent Cracks in Brickwork
Bricks installation tips. How to avoid or reduce cracks when using bricks.
Hard Costs
Understanding what are construction hard costs.
Information about "Directional Boring"
Directional boring, also known as Horizontal directional drilling is a commonly used technique in the construction industry.
Fiberglass Reinforced Panels- FRP Panels
Learn more about Fiberglass Reinforced Panels: Advantages and why FRP are preferred over other building materials.
Rebar- Reinforcing Steel Bars
Rebars, different rebar alternative and reinforcing steel types.
Mechanics' Lien
Mechanics' Lien: When to file a Mechanics' Lien
Construction Drawings: Construction Abbreviations
List of commonly used abbreviations in a construction drawing.
Soil Erosion Control Techniques
List of alternatives that you can choose when implementing erosion control techniques.
Roof Trusses Used in House Construction
There are many roof truss types and variations, here we present some of them and their pros and cons.
How to Winterize Plumbing Pipes
How to Winterize Plumbing Pipes: Follow these steps to winterize plumbing pipes and avoid pipes to freeze during cold winter conditions.
Liability Insurance Coverage
Explanation of Liability Insurance coverage, its limitation and benefits.
Electrical Transformers: Electrical Transformer...
Electrical Transformer Installation Tips. Follow these great tips when installing an electrical trasnformer.
Insulated Vinyl Siding
Learn the benefits when selecting insulated vinyl siding, instead of regular vinyl siding.
Airless Paint Sprayers Advantages
Benefits of using an airless paint sprayer instead of traditional roller and brush method.
How to Build a Cinder Block Wall
How to build a cinder block wall. Page 6.
Top 10 Largest Construction Projects
A list of the top 10 largest construction projects.
Structural Insulated Panels Benefits
Structural Insulated Panels can reduce your construction costs. Using Structural Insulated Panels a faster and air-tight building can be build.
What is Insulation? Types of Insulation
What is Insulation? How many different types of insulation are available? List of advantages and places where the insulation could be installed.
Differential Settlements: What Are Differential...
Definition of differential settlements.
PEX Plumbing Pipe
PEX pipe is a new pipe material cheaper than copper and easier to install than copper piping. Learn where to use PEX pipes.
How to Reduce Overhead Costs
Tips on how to reduce your overhead costs.
ADA Ramp Construction
ADA Ramp guidelines. Learn how to build a ramp following ADA guidelines. This article summarizes the most important factors to consider when building a ramp.
Tips and tricks that will facilitate the job...
Jackhammer are used to demolish old concrete faster;however, if you are not used to work with this type of tool you could be facing some tough times. Here are some tips and tricks when using a jackhammer.
Low-E Windows
Low-E windows: Learn how to select the correct window for a better building performance using low-e windows.
Contract Agreements
Learn how contract agreements should be made and what important parts form a contract agreement.
Common Concrete Problems
Guide to common concrete problems and how to avoid these common problems
Hot Mix Asphalt Types
Learn about different Hot Mix Asphalt Types. Each of these Hot Mix Asphalt types has its own characteristics and selective application.
Sandpaper: Choose the Right Sandpaper
Sandpaper: How to Choose the Right Sandpaper
Design Build: Design Build Contracts
Basics about Design Build Contracts. Benefits, Drawbacks and limitations of a design build contract.
Copper Pipe Types: Choosing the Right Pipe
Copper Pipe Types: How do you choose the right copper pipe? Learn the differences between K, L and M copper type.
Plumbing Pipe Types
Plumbing Pipe Types: How to Select the Appropriate Plumbing Pipe Type
Construction Jobs: Subcontracts or Direct Hire
Construction Jobs: Choosing between Subcontracting or Direct Hire
Construction Bonds Basics
Construction Bonds Basics: Essential information about construction bonds
Foundation Walls: How to Build Foundation Walls
Providing support for the entire structure that is being built, foundation walls should be planned and constructed carefully.
Toilets: Toilet Buying Guide Tips
Toilets: Toilet Buying Guide Tips
Insulated Concrete Forms Benefits
Insulated concrete forms: stay-in place concrete form. Insulated Concrete forms: A faster and sustainable idea.
What is GFCI- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
What is GFCI- Ground Fault Circuit Interrupter
LEED Certification Basics
LEED Certification and rating systems as regulated by the US Green Building Council.
Aerated Concrete
Aerated Concrete is a precast alternative to substitute CMU. Also known as Autoclaved Aerated Concrete, is a lightweigh material with great thermal properties.
What is Vibroflotation? Advantages of...
Vibroflotation is a simple way that can be used to improve bearing capacity. There are three different types of this simple process that can save you money and time.
ADA Guidelines: ADA Parking Standards
The following ADA guidelines for parking standards present requirements that must be met on most construction projects.
Top Ten Cited OSHA Safety Violations
List of Commonly Cited OSHA Safety Violations. Protect your employees and protect your company by following the guidelines and references established by OSHA.
Identifying Roof Problems
Roof problems are one of the most common problems in construction. This article will show you how to identify common roof problems.
PlanGrid App- Great Tools for the Field Engineer
PlanGrid: One of the best construction apps that you must have. Great app for the field engineer.
Spray-On Insulation Foam
Spray-On Insulation: Differences between Open-cell and Closed-cell Polyurethane Foams
PPE: Personal Protective Equipment
PPE: List of common personal protective equipment and the differences between them.
Contract: Construction Contract Basics
Construction contract from A to Z. Information on tpes of contacts, list of items included in a contract, and some contracting help.
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles
Pros and Cons of Asphalt Shingles. Asphalt shingles can be an economic solution to your roofing project, but beware of the problems and benefits you get when using them.
Drywall Textures: Popcorn Texture
How to Remove and how to apply Popcorn Texture
Primer- The Importance of Primer- Primer Types
Learn why a primer is important. Choose the correct primer depending on the surface to be covered.
Finish Drywall Joints
Learn how to finish drywall joints.Tips to Finishing Drywall Joints
Compacting Granular Soils
Different alternatives when compacting granular soils. Granular soils have zero cohesion between particles.
Radiant Ceiling Panels
Learn about the advantages to having radiant ceiling panels installed in your home.
The Miller Act
The Miller Act: Payment and Performance Bond Requirements. The Miller Act is required on projects larger than $100,000.
Self-Compacting Concrete
Self Compacting Concrete Uses, Application and Factors to Consider. Self compacting concrete is also known as self consolidating concrete.
Payment Bond Basics
Required on many construction projects, it guarantees that all sub-contractors, laborers, and material suppliers will be paid leaving the project lien free.
How to Install Stone Veneer
Stone Veneer installation tips. Step by step on how to install stone veneer.
Types of Metal Roofing: Standing Seam Roofing
Metal Roof: Standing Seam Roofing Types, Advantages and Disadvantages
Common Pile Driving Problems and Solutions
Common pile driving problems and possible solutions to be implemented. Page 1 of 2.
Treating Termite Before Construction
Brief summary on how to prepare an area termite-free and how to prevent termite to attack your building.
Cladding Alternatives
Cladding alternatives are being used to put in service old abandoned buildings and buildings with low energy performance. Click to learn more about wall cladding.
Climbing Formworks
Benefits and Types of Climbing Formworks
Window Types: Basic Types of Windows
Window Types: List of basic window types.
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