Craig Savage

A Case for Innovation in the Building Industry

Craig Savage

For years, I’ve been interested in why the residential building industry has been so slow to innovate. Other industries constantly innovate. The U.S. automobile industry, arguably pushed along by Japan and European car makers, continues to advance its products and production methods....

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March 2020
Issue #12248
Page 72
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: Unpredictable Nature and Cause of Cracks at Gypsum Panel Ceiling Joints Perpendicular to Framing

Frank Woeste

Introduction In some arid parts of the Southwest, the occurrence and recurrence of cracks at taped gypsum panel (drywall) joints between panels in residential projects have been reported in trade magazines since the mid-1990s. In some homes of a project, one or two cracks or ridges appear at...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 60
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Panelization – Floor Panels are Coming

Joe Kannapell

Framing a house in one day will require floor panels, or “cassettes” in modern parlance. So be ready for this final phase in componentization, creating new opportunities, more computerization, and… Low-boy or drop-deck flatbed trailers to minimize trips to job. Extra...

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January 2020
Issue #12246
Page 129

Triad 60 Year Anniversary!

TRIAD / Merrick Machine Company Team

On behalf of the TRIAD sales department, we would like to thank our customers for supporting us over the course of our 60 Years in business. We would also like to thank and recognize the entire TRIAD team for all their efforts in preparing for, and participating in, the 2019 BCMC Trade Show; for...

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November 2019
Issue #11244
Page 70
Chris Scott

You’re Only As Strong As Your Weakest Link

Chris Scott

Being only as strong as your weakest link is not only true in sports but also on the production line, whether we are talking about people or equipment. Diagnosing the slowest and least efficient point in any production line is key to having a successful and profitable manufacturing...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 14

Questions Answered: Strong-Wall® Site-Built Portal Frame System

Simpson Strong-Tie Staff

In this article, we follow up on our April 17 webinar, Meeting Braced-Wall Requirements: A New Portal Frame Solution, by answering some of the interesting questions raised by attendees. During the webinar, we discussed how the Strong-Wall site-built portal frame system (PFS) provides...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 98
Frank Woeste. P.E.

All Things Wood: IBC Balcony Changes Spur “Best Practice” Design Recommendations

Frank Woeste

Because of their limited structural redundancy and exposure to weather, cantilevered balconies require special attention by design professionals, contractors, permitting and inspection departments, and owners in-service. As shown in the photos, modern wood-framed, multi-family projects often...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 60
Sean Hubbard

Wall Panel Framing Stations & 
Wall Panel Plate Marking Systems

Sean Hubbard

We started with our foundation, floor truss equipment. Then we went up to roof truss production equipment. Now, it’s time to frame our project with walls. Each month as I visit manufacturers’ websites, I am amazed at all of the equipment available within our industry....

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August 2018
Issue #10229
Page 17

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