Celebrating the Years
As we bid farewell to last year and welcome the new year, I always like to reflect on accomplishments (and try to learn from mistakes) before heading back into the daily grind.
Events of 2017
While a lot of us led fairly routine lives last year, I know a few people who did exciting things...
New Codes are Coming
With the New Year comes new International codes, IBC and IRC 2018 (referred to as the I-Codes), and fortunately, few changes to truss designs. These changes are the result of the revised design criteria contained in ASCE 7–16, which IBC 2018 relies upon.
Very few jurisdictions will...
Floor Truss Roller Presses
As discussed last month, this year will we be providing a series of product comparisons in each issue.
The guidelines we have used in assembling this series are:
Each product will be limited to only the information available to customers via the internet
A comparison of standard...
What Building Professionals Need to Know About Construction Loading
Understanding construction loading is important as it relates to the acceptable practices in terms of staging and storing construction materials prior to installation. What does “construction loading” mean? This term describes materials and people that are present during the course...
Change Your Pricing Formula for 2018 and Make More Net Profit
Let us assume that you are having problems with a truck’s transmission and it must be repaired or replaced. The local mechanic explains the hourly rate for service and that the cost of any parts needed to fix the transmission is extra. The hourly charge he is billing is to cover his...
Seeing the Need for Quality Assurance AND Training
When you look at this photo, what do you see? The photo is an actual picture taken during a plant audit, but just imagine this was taken at your truss plant. In the photo, the second side of the floor truss is set up in the floor machine with the connector plate positioned and ready to receive...
Continuous Improvement Culture
While speaking at a recent conference, I was asked a really good question from one of the executives of a Component/LBM company. His question prompted me to think about how I would start 2018 off in my articles.
The question was: “Our company does not have an incentive program in...
2018 Wood Design Standards Available Online
The recent approval of the 2018 International Building Code (IBC) and International Residential Code (IRC) is of keen interest to professionals in the construction industry as it often means expanded options for structural applications. In support of these two codes, the American Wood Council...
All Things Wood:
Wood Frame Construction Manual—a Valuable Structural Design Guide
While the International Residential Code (IRC) gives the structural requirements and prescriptive design data for residential framing, additional help for the non-engineer is available through the Wood Frame Construction Manual for One- and Two-Family Dwellings (WFCM) published by the American...
Hello 2018...The Year of the Bearish Lumber Market
This time last year, my message was that 2017 was going to be a year of extreme volatility. To start the year, 2x4 #2 SYP-E was trading for $460. The same product in Canadian SPF-W was $310. SYP was $150 over SPF. By November that relationship had flipped with SYP at $430 and SPF at $490. SYP...