Question of the Day:
Eliminating Hanger Gaps
What can be done to help eliminate hanger gaps when attaching end jacks, or common trusses, at 90 degrees to the girder truss?
This month’s installment is a good question with a really easy solution. I was on another jobsite recently when I noticed a series of small (about 8’...
2017 Inaugural Truss & Frame Exchange
North Meets South in New Zealand
Component Manufacturers often ask about our global experiences, how others manufacture products, and if there are better designs that may prove more efficient. Having travelled North America, China, Australia, and New Zealand visiting and installing...
Now Entering the Work Zone: Building A Library
The astute observer on our website may have noticed some new links appearing. We should also have a little construction sign up though – the new section is very much a work in progress!
Where is that article?
From time to time, we’re asked to forward individual PDF copies of...
Where We Came From
Because I’ve been receiving great feedback from readers (thanks for that), in my July article I also welcomed suggestions of topics. One reader stepped forward with an idea which, as I thought more about it, became the start of this month’s piece on how far we’ve come as an...
Incentive Report Payout Options
The actual payment to employees for increased performance is truly one aspect that many managers may not understand, especially regarding how to get the most bang for their buck. For example, why give equal dollars to personnel with varying degrees of skills and responsibilities?
What Kind of Message are You Sending Your Customers?
It happens. And it will happen again. Time after time, truss fabricators are faced with the awkwardness of addressing a customer’s complaint call. Fabricating a custom product to meet specifications has its challenges. There are codes to follow. Loads to verify, configuration to consider,...
August Recess: An Opportune Time to Meet with Your Members of Congress
Every August, federal lawmakers take a recess from their work in Washington, D.C. and use the month to visit constituents at home. For our industry, the recess (which goes through Sept. 6) provides an opportunity to schedule a meeting with members of Congress and their staff to discuss issues...
I Beg to Differ...This Is STILL the Lumber Business
And, the MOST Important Buying Decision..."Buy Now or Delay?"
I read this week that this is no longer the lumber business, rather it is the construction business. Absolutely, the traditional contractor yard wears many hats, however for sawmills, lumber brokers, wholesale lumber...
The Critical Link Between Lean Thinking and Production Problem-Solving for LBM and Component Manufacturers
Sometimes people give me a variety of answers when I ask them to describe lean: tightening the belt; doing more with less; reducing inventory; cost-savings program; waste elimination; quality program; reducing head count; and turnaround tool.
The word has meaning to many different people...
How to Select a Connector – Hurricane Ties
When it comes to wood frame construction, hurricane ties are among the most commonly specified connectors. They play a critical role in a structure’s continuous load path and may be used in a variety of applications, like attaching roof framing members to the supporting wall top plate(s),...