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It’s July, and we’re in the thick of summer now.  The days are longer, the sun is hotter, and that means the dangers of heat stress and heat-related illness are on the rise.  In California we have extra hot summers where more daylight hours should mean more productivity, but the extreme heat index and humidity have different plans.  Acknowledging this …
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Good news! The construction industry future is looking bright – commercial, residential, and industrial construction specialty lines are reporting strong year-over-year growth and forecasting steady increases in total projects and revenue into the foreseeable future. This sounds great on paper and it has many construction professionals charging ahead to grow their operations while the numbers are good and the outlook …
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So you’ve heard all about “going green” in construction circles.  It’s all too easy to list flimsy details like solar panels, recycled materials, and alternative power sources that make us all feel good about being eco-friendly in the way.  While these things convince both normal people and construction professionals that they are mindful of the Earth, have you considered that …
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A construction worker with a clipboard and contractor license in front of a construction site.
June is now here and the United States Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) announced that the 12th through the 18th of June is “Safe + Sound Week,” a nationwide effort to raise awareness for the importance of workplace safety and health programs.  The National Safety Council, American Industrial Hygiene Association, American Society of Safety Engineers, National …
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A contractor is using a crane to lift a white building.

If you’ve been working in construction for some time now, you’ve heard the term prefabrication thrown around before.  The term itself refers to a general process in which various structural components are built and assembled off site, transported to the jobsite, and installed.  In the past, construction professionals saw prefabrication as a cheap, low-end option that made mass-produced construction easier …
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Networking is one of the elements that makes the business world exciting yet terrifying for some.  It’s neither easy nor natural, but it is a solid way to grow your business organically.  Often you’ll hear the famous last words from small business owners of all types: “I’m just not a sales guy.”  Sales gets a bad rap from time to …
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What comes to mind when you think of the average construction worker?  Steel-toed boots, check.  Hard hat, check.  Toolbelt, check.  Protective gear, check.  It’s pretty easy to pick a construction worker out from a lineup, but that “stock” construction worker look above puts you and your staff in a pool of 5.6 million construction and trade workers.  Worried you might …
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A licensed contractor operates an excavator to dig a hole in a building.

For most people, integrated robotics is a far off science-fiction fantasy that you see on screen and read in books.  When people mention the future, it always involves some type of robotic automation that makes both dangerous labor and repetitive tasks easier.  But what if I told you that in the construction industry, that future is now – and it’s …
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A man with a contractor license is working on a roof with a shovel.
Whether it your client’s house, or your house, the roof overhead is an easy structural piece to take for granted.  Since large parts of California have a relatively mild climate, roof issues aren’t usually top of mind for the local homeowner here.  However just because a lot of homeowners don’t have roof problems does not mean you can trick yourself …
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A licensed contractor is diligently working on a pipe in the ground.

If you’ve ever dealt with excavation and shallow water tables, you’ve probably come across the term dewatering.  Groundwater and construction aren’t friends – there’s hardly a jobsite out there that doesn’t require some water removal.  Construction dewatering is an important preliminary task in which groundwater or surface water is removed from a site, typically by pumping or excavation.  This process …
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Spend some time out on construction sites and you’ll see that they are noisy places.  Loud pneumatic tools, earth-moving machinery, and the large vehicles noise can really take a toll on your ears.  Like most body parts, our ears wear out bit by bit overtime from overuse and overexposure to loud noises.  Hearing loss is a growing problem in the …
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A contractor standing in front of their home.

As our nation continues to grow, develop and change over time, so does the housing landscape.  In 2016 and 2017, population growth in metropolitan cities has slowed for the 5th straight year according to new census data.  Americans are trading in their high-density domiciles inside urban centers for land and low-density living out in sprawling suburbia.  Despite what you hear …
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A contractor license is required to create drawings of a kitchen. These drawings showcase the layout and design of a kitchen, providing visual representation to aid in the construction process.

When it comes to landing residential projects, the magic always resides in the bid itself.  Despite modern homeowners becoming more selective when it comes to construction, you can source good work if you know how to properly calculate your time, materials/labor costs, and subcontractors if needed.  If you’re able to interact with people, listen to their concerns, and propose solutions …
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The construction industry is undergoing a era of change like no other.  The industry itself plugs into so many different sectors that contribute to overall economic growth.  People are looking towards construction to address environmental issues, rebuild aging cities, while using technology to introduce efficient, green, and most importantly, safe practices.  So with the digital revolution underway, what will construction …
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A licensed contractor is laying tile on a floor with a ruler.
Tile installations can be pretty tricky.  Whether you own a tile business or are just doing one-off remodels, tile work can turn into a nightmare in a hurry.  Tile experts know that the craftsman is only as good as his or her set of tools.  The proper tools help speed along installs, create cleaner finished products, and make your life …
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When it comes to relationships with vendors and suppliers, smart negotiations will always win out at the end of the day.  As a constructional professional, you will always have a wide range of procurement and materials providers jumping in at different price points, offering varied delivery terms and pay windows.  It is up to you to profile, select, and manage …
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A drone is capturing aerial footage of a construction site at sunset.

Drones on the Job Site? The construction industry is changing quickly; we’re seeing more and more digital technology make its way out to the jobsite.  Drones are the latest and greatest tech that is revolutionizing the way we work. Long before any construction professionals show up, drones can conduct site surveys with high-resolution aerial images, 2D/3D modeling, and detailed terrain …
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A house being remodeled by a certified contractor with scaffolding and a pool.

Exterior Remodeling Projects – How to Easily Add Value with a Few Simple Tweaks Across the country, droves of Americans choose to remodel their houses every year.  Whether they are looking to sell the house on the market or just want to improve the look and feel, homeowners are turning to contractors for expert advice when it comes to updates …
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A group of construction workers, with contractor licenses, looking at blueprints on a rooftop.

Organizing and Planning Succession Within Your Construction Business   Planning for future is often overlooked in the construction industry – many construction professionals have small teams that are swamped with local projects and bids, barely getting their proverbial heads above water.  It’s never too early to get started on creating order, organization, and structure that provides both security and continuity …
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Construction Theft: A Problem Plaguing Jobsites In the construction world, jobsites are home to large amounts of heavy equipment, expensive raw materials, and ancillary resources that are essential to the project’s completion.  Despite large amounts of money invested, construction security is typically overlooked, meaning both thieves and employees can abscond with materials and you’ll be none the wiser at the …
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