The Risks and Rewards of an Open Forum
When I wrote my first Advertiser Forum column, for the December 2015 issue, I concluded with the following statement, which is as true today as it was then:
So we can’t promise that you’ll agree with everything you read here. We can’t promise that everyone will read...
IBS / NAHB 2018
Knowing that our future depends on builders is reason enough to attend their best exhibition, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) International Builders Show (IBS). Understanding the technology that they adopt, the changes impacting them, and the shape of their new products helps us...
Floor Truss Chord Splicers & Floor Truss Finish Roller Presses
When I decided to conduct this 12-month series of product comparisons last fall, I knew it would be a year-long commitment of my time and effort. Then and now, however, I also was convinced that it would provide useful information in a format that allows for direct comparisons on specific...
Protect Yourself by Understanding Design Responsibilities
ANSI/TPI 1 is the National Design Standard that establishes the minimum requirements for the design and construction of metal-plate-connected wood trusses. Chapter 2 defines the design responsibilities. As a truss technician or a component manufacturer, you are not responsible for specifying the...
Three Key Obstacles to Overcome to Improve Your Operations
Every consultation is different, yet some things remain the same. People are creatures of habit, and some of the issues that are dealt with during the consultations are very similar. Three key obstacles or areas are so common that I have yet to find a company not struggling with each of...
Is There Such Thing as Too Much Pressure?
Too much pressure is not only a problem in our lives, it can also be a problem in our plants. One of the most important issues when manufacturing quality trusses is plate embedment. Without proper embedment, the connector plate cannot adequately transfer load forces through the members down to...
Disruptive Innovation with LBM/Component Companies
Over the years, our industry has seen a lot of innovation in how we handle materials, how we manufacture, and how we take a house from an idea to a component using the computer. But, over the past few years, we have seen an acceleration in big ideas, disruption, and what we can do using...
Get Your Building Official to Vote on Code Changes
The International Code Council (ICC) building code update process for the 2021 code cycle is officially underway!
In late December, the ICC Tall Wood Building Ad-hoc Committee submitted a package of 19 proposed changes for the 2021 edition of the building code that would collectively allow...
All Things Wood:
Safety Information for Post-Frame Truss Installation
The recent jobsite installation accident involving truss construction, “Three injured in north Washington County barn collapse,” is a reminder of the incredible value of BCSI-B10 for truss installation contractors who install trusses spanning up to 81-ft. and spaced up to 12-ft....
What Could Go Wrong? vs. Nothing Could Go Wrong!
“What is the lumber market going to do?” is a very important question and the answer is very simple. It is going to rise and fall. Brilliant, right?
A better question might be, “How far will lumber prices rise and fall?” That answer requires an understanding of...