All Things Wood:
Unpredictable Nature and Cause of Cracks at Gypsum Panel Ceiling Joints Perpendicular to Framing
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...
The Hiring Zone:
Not Another Recession!
I am not talking about stocks, bonds, markets, or even finance. Speaking from experience as a recruiter for over 27 years, I see signs that 2020 is probably going to be OK as far as the building components manufacturing job market goes. My employers are saying they don’t see growth like in...
Why Modular Home Factories Need to Expand Right Now!
Just in case you haven’t looked out your window lately, new home construction is happening everywhere, especially on the East and West Coast.
Traditional new home site builders are facing labor shortages in not only skilled trades but also in basic framing. This shortage is having a...
Trainer to the Pros — How Simpson Strong-Tie Educates the Industry
Did you know that Simpson Strong-Tie offers free education and training to the construction industry?
Indeed, we do. For several decades, Simpson Strong-Tie has made a commitment to supporting the development of our industry, and each year we educate tens of thousands of industry pros —...
The Last Word:
The Last Word on Panelization – Floor Panels are Coming
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.
Small Investments Can Garner Huge Gains for Productivity for Your Sales Team
Last month’s article, “Investment in Employee Training, Not Just Equipment,” produced a lot of good responses from many readers. Now it is time to offer real solutions to help your company improve productivity and reduce costly errors for your sales team and also all of the...
Inspecting Trusses—You Never Know What You Might See
Recently, I was asked to divert from my normal 3rd party agenda to make a special truss inspection. Although this seemed a little unusual, on occasion I am asked to do this sort of thing, so I didn’t pay it any mind. Normally, it’s a peculiar joint condition or a difficult plate...
The Hiring Zone:
Job Search Blues
As a recruiter, I see the geneses of job dissatisfaction and turnover. You start a job with hopes of being there forever, or at least 10 years, and within a year or two you are back looking at the job market. While the internet has made it easier to search for and find a new job, it also has...
Will Automation Always be a Distant Dream for Modular Housing?
Recently I heard, once again, a speaker supporting total automation of the modular production process while comparing modular housing with automobile production lines.
Let me put this to rest for hopefully the last time. Modular housing is not anything like the auto industry. There are two...
Spotlighting Fire Prevention and Innovative Wood Products
In our October article, we provided some advance highlights of our plans for National Forest Products Week. This month, I want to recap the events of the week’s Timber Innovation Day and also share that there is a second important week in October for the wood products industry and its...