RB December 2011

Rural Builder - December 2011 CoverThe December 2011 Issue of Rural Builder offers the truth about trusses.

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Tool Talk: New tools in the family pack

By Don Geary – Last year, The Milwaukee Electric Tool Corporation introduced a line of innovative hand tools. The initial tools included utility knives, jab saws, compact hack saw, 8-piece screwdriver set and 11-in-one screwdriver. These tools were well received and now, following on those successes, Milwaukee has introduced its latest wave of hand...

Who says times are tough? What the statistics tell us

Special Report by Oliver Witte Wealthy industrialist Andrew Carnegie (1835-1919) is supposed to have said, “All times are good times if you know what to do with them.” I can’t confirm the author, but any rural builder who survived the last three years can confirm the statement. Hard times do sharpen survival skills.  ...

Doors, windows and skylights can quickly add value

By Laura Glass – The benefits of retrofitting commercial buildings with new windows are not difficult to sell. “Replacement windows provide increased energy savings, increase the interior comfort of the building and bring in more light,” says Bill Doyle, marketing representative for Pittsburgh-based Thermal Industries, in ticking off the advantages. “Once windows are installed,...

Rural Builder December 2011 cover

Proper installation of roof truss systems

A builder can invest a lot of money in safety lines, guardrails and hard hats to keep workers safe, but another element to the equation should not be missed: proper installation practices. One area in particular where education can help save losses, both in terms of people and property, is the roof truss system....

The importance of roof truss connectors in load capacity

To most builders, roof truss connectors are a mere side-note of construction. In truth, it’s one of the most important elements of a building, notes Marty Ruch and Steve Brekke, both with USP Structural Connectors, a division of MiTek.  “When you think about it,” says Brekke, USP’s Engineering Operations Manager, the  framing members are...

The truth about trusses: purchasing, safe handling and installation

Two businesses that take truss safety seriously are the makers of truss systems, Plum Building Systems, Iowa, and Blenker Building Systems, Wisconsin. Rick Parrino, generation manager of Plum Building Systems, a division of Gilcrest/Jewett Lumber says their company makes sure every jobsite delivery includes a packet of BSCI standards. Because all the layouts and...