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  • Clients from Hell

    Adam Shaf says a dispute with his former clients stems from them "not paying us for work, not because of poor workmanship."

     
  • Paid in Full?

    What to do when the scope of work changes and the customer disputes your claim for full payment.

     
  • This list applies to new construction or a structural remodeling job. Your Job Start Package should be customized to the type of work your company does.

    How to Conduct a Job Start Review (Subscriber content)

    If you work with employees or subs, you need to be clear about what, exactly, the project entails and when it's expected to be completed. Everyone needs to understand. This job start package lays it all out.

     
  • JLC May Letters

    Tips for soldering a lap seam; the usefulness of the GRK lap harness; and the future of vocational training.

     
  • Feds Find Chinese Drywall Health Risk

    A Centers for Disease Control report says that sulfur emissions from defective Chinese-made drywall could indeed cause respiratory symptoms.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
  • In addition to creating a drawing and spec sheet, such as the one shown above, for small, medium, and large versions of each project type, the author also creates a complete estimate, including all quantities. Complex projects can be estimated by combining templatesfor example, combining templates for a kitchen addition, a powder room, and a laundry.

    Estimating Using Templates, Part Three (Subscriber content)

    Whether you estimate with an off-the-shelf system or using an Excel spreadsheet, most systems today are built around a database of unit pricing items. Here are some tips to get you started.

     
  • How to Play It Safe When Approving Overtime

    Managing employees' overtime can be tricky. Here are a few tips to keep your staff happy and your company out of the courtroom.

     
  • Correcting Construction Contracts (Subscriber content)

    Can a mistake related to a contract be corrected? It depends on who makes the error and how it affects the agreement.

     
  • FBI Investigating FEMA Over Flood Map Revisions?

    NBC News is reporting that the Federal Bureau of Investigation is questioning FEMA officials after NBC reported on apparent influence-peddling in the flood map appeals process.

     
  • A Tale of Two Hazards

    There are no clear policies for the two biggest IAQ hazards - carbon monoxide and radon.

     
  • Mississippi Adopts Statewide Building Code Law

    After receiving negative attention for lax code policies, Mississippi has moved to require enforcement of model building codes statewide.

     
  • Have Job, Will Travel

    Unless an employee is driving to or from home, he needs to be paid for travel time.

     
  • To improve your author rank, edit your Google profile to include a list of websites for which you provide content (right). Adding your Google ID to your content means your image will display in search results (below), which tends to produce higher click rates.

    Author Rank and SEO

    For top online search ranking, be a subject matter expert.

     
  • Personal Dashboard (Subscriber content)

    Setting up a single screen with your calendar, email, and links to your favorite websites can save you hours of surfing.

     
  • Working With Roxul Insulation (Subscriber content)

    Choosing insulation for a high-performance home in Northern Vermont requires thought and care. The right choice can make a huge difference in both comfort and cost efficiency.

     
  • Dropbox for Business provides a central administrative console where you can manage members. Members can add and edit, but they cant permanently delete files in the companys Dropbox. The administrator always has tools to recover damaged or deleted files.

    Bring Your Own Device (Subscriber content)

    BYOD is nothing new, but the potential effects on businesses are changing fast. Learn more about this trend that favors the smartphone over traditional hardware on the job site.

     
  • Maine High Court Supports Private Ownership of Kennebunkport’s Goose Rocks Beach

    In a case that has divided a small Maine town, the state’s highest court has sided with beachfront homeowners asserting property rights that extend all the way to the low tide line.

     
  • Photography Tip - Zoom Bracketing

    In photography, "Bracketing" is taking a series of the same picture, but changing some aspect of the photo such as exposure, or the zoom angle of the lens as you progress through.

     
  • Florida Lawmakers Tackle Mineral Rights Issue

    Spurred by press reports that some homebuilders are retaining mining rights under houses they sell, Florida legislators are pushing disclosure and notice provisions in home sales contracts.