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
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
Thom McAnally

The Hiring Zone: Opportunity Knocks

Just a couple of years ago, I went back to the commercial modular/classroom/mobile office plant where I had my first GM job in the ’80s. I was 27 then, am much older now, but one thing hasn’t changed much, technology. The stations had the same kind of equipment, home build when...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 80
Tom Hardiman

Modular Construction Makes Inroads in Multi-Family Sector

Tom Hardiman

Permanent modular buildings are considered real property, built to the same building codes and requirements as site-built structures, and can be financed, sold, and depreciated in a similar manner. As such, the markets for permanent modular construction are similar to the markets for site-built...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 86
Rachel Holland, P.E.

Attaching a Deck Ledger to a Home Through Brick or Masonry Veneer—the BVLZ Solution

Rachel Holland

Brick or masonry veneer has traditionally posed a problem to homeowners and contractors seeking to attach a deck to a home without removing large portions of the veneer or siding. No longer is that the case, thanks to the innovative BVLZ brick veneer ledger connector from Simpson Strong-Tie. In...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 100
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: The Second Wave of Automation?

Joe Kannapell

Are we seeing the onset of a wave of CM automation or is this déjà vu all over again? Are other CMs following the startups chronicled earlier on these pages: Blueprint Robotics (May 2017) or Katerra (Feb 2018)? Big money is driving it, the big wigs are behind it, and high tech machines are...

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July 2019
Issue #11240
Page 113

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
Joe Kannapell

The Last Word: I-Joists vs. Floor Trusses

Joe Kannapell

The advantages of open-web floor trusses are beginning to decelerate the growth of EWP. Though I-Joist sales per housing start have increased about 6% over the last two years, the trend has slowed considerably. Some of the small gain is due to the continuation of the replacement of solid-sawn...

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June 2019
Issue #11239
Page 113
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
Mike Momb

Steps to Minimize Snow Load Failures

Mike Momb

Early every year, the National Frame Building Association (NFBA) holds its annual Frame Building Expo—where thousands of post-frame builders, design professionals, and vendors meet for three days filled with break-out sessions, guest presenters, and, of course, a trade show. In...

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April 2019
Issue #11237
Page 44

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