Ask any owner of a construction business what his biggest headache is, and chances are the answer will be scheduling — scheduling around permit issues, client indecision, and that least controllable of all contingencies, the weather. In the warm months, it's rain, and in the wintertime, it's snow, rain, or just miserable cold.

It has always bothered me that we couldn't improve winter working conditions. I have vivid memories of sleepless nights in bed, listening to the cold wind howling outside, dreading the moment I would have to get up and face another miserable workday.

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