Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Lumber & Housing Market Forecast

Matt Layman

Housing is Over Built; Lumber is the Honey Hole Most of the time, the daily news and world events do not have a significant impact on how we buy and sell lumber. This recent stuff is different. It’s scary. All the trade and economic balls are in the air, and politically the U.S. is...

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September 2019
Issue #11242
Page 94
Glenn Traylor

Does the Manufacturing Facility’s Environment Affect Quality?

Glenn Traylor

Can quality be determined by examining the environment of the facility manufacturing the product? It seems like the two are unrelated, but, after evaluating hundreds of facilities, quality seems to be proportional to the environment of the manufacturing. By this, I’m not saying that brand...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 34
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Housing’s Dilemma...No More Capacity

Matt Layman

More housing data is rolling in and it is not looking good...but it is 30 days old. Therefore, I am looking for 2-month trends. Existing Home Sales declined on rising prices, expanding inventory to 4.5 months...about average...not a shortage. New Home Sales increased as did prices,...

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August 2019
Issue #11241
Page 84
Glenn Traylor

Compression or Tension Web Configuration—Which is Better?

Glenn Traylor

On a recent Quality Assurance Audit at a large facility, we witnessed a floor truss builder carefully spacing out his floor truss webs in the allotted space available with precision and care. He was very meticulous. I asked him why he was doing that and he explained that his in-house inspector...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 32
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Lumber & Housing Market Forecast

Matt Layman

Eurowood and SYP…the Future! It’s times like the last couple of weeks in SPF-W, when buyers get taken by surprise, and they have one question for sellers. “How you gonna help me?” Two weeks ago, I warned that SPF mills were about to spring surprise, imminent...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Robert Glowinski

AWC Joins Second Year of Timber-Strong Design Build Competition

Robert Glowinski

Eighteen teams from colleges throughout the Southwest United States and Hawaii gained hands-on experience in wood design and construction during the second annual Timber-Strong Design Build competition. AWC joined APA–The Engineered Wood Products Association (APA) and Simpson Strong-Tie...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 82
Marc Ross

Lumber Procurement Professional vs. Lumber Buyer

Marc Ross

Undoubtedly, many people are now thinking: Is there a difference between a lumber procurement professional and a lumber buyer? I am a Lumber Procurement Professional. I’ve been around the business since I was 15 years old and now I’m 64 (you can do the math). I have worked as a buyer...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 84
Matt Layman

Lumber Briefs: Labor and Lumber Demand are “Coming Back”

Matt Layman

For the past three years, the housing industry has bemoaned labor as its primary deterrent to increasing productivity, i.e., housing starts. Framing crews suddenly vanished when detainment and deportation of undocumented workers became more prevalent. The initial impact on the housing...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 78
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Last Word on Wall Framing

Joe Kannapell

Finally, from top to bottom, the building industry is moving to panelize. National builders, like Pulte, are mandating it. Local building supply yards, like 84 Lumber’s, are building them in backyard sheds. And in between, BMC and BFS are shipping knocked-down versions. We laid the...

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May 2019
Issue #11238
Page 105
Glenn Traylor

What Decisions Should Truss Builders Be Able to Make?

Glenn Traylor

In the November 2017 article, “So Who Exactly is Responsible for Lumber Quality?”, we discuss the abundance of quality building materials and the responsibility of the fabricator to evaluate their application in products. We should recall the ultimate decision maker in determining...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 34

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