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 … Read more »

Posted in New Products, Products, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine, Tools and Jobsite Equipment | Tagged Milwaukee Tool, Paslode | Leave a comment

Re-building an ark: Disaster brings builder, volunteers to shelter’s rescue

By Sue Marquette Poremba – When tornadoes ravaged the Southeast in the spring of 2011, it wasn’t only homes that were lost. Shelters and barns for thousands of animals also were destroyed and needed to be part of the rebuilding … Read more »

Posted in Horse Barn Builder, Horse Barns, Low Rise Construction, Post-Frame Technique, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged animal rescue, build an ark rescue, ellijay, georgia | Leave a comment

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 … Read more »

Posted in Business and Management, Construction Industry News, In the Industry, Industry Experts, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged nonmetro construction, rural builders | Leave a comment

Don’t get snowed: Top 4 snow retention mistakes and how to avoid them

By Howie Scarboro – Snow retention is no longer an art, it has become a science. The laws of physics have to be used when holding back thousands of pounds of potentially damaging snow and ice. Annual property and personal … Read more »

Posted in Commercial/Institutional, Metal Roofing, Metal Roofing News, Products, RB December 2011, Reroofing, Residential, Roofing Products, Rural Builder Magazine, Solar | Tagged ice buildup, snow guards, snow melt products, snow retention, snowblox | Leave a comment

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 … Read more »

Posted in Doors & Windows, Low Rise Construction, Post Frame, Post-Frame Technique, Products, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged aj manufacturing, Palram Americas, remodel, retrofit, rural builders, thermal industries | Leave a comment

Proper installation of roof truss systems

Rural Builder December 2011 cover

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 … Read more »

Posted in Featured Magazine, Horse Barns, Industry Experts, Low Rise Construction, Post Frame, Post-Frame Technique, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged roof truss installation, roof truss system, sbca, sean shields, structural building components association | Leave a comment

Money Talk: How rural builders can avoid payroll tax complexities and penalties

By Mark Battersby – The Government Accountability Office, Congress’s watchdog, reported that last year 1.6 million businesses owed over $58 billion in unpaid payroll taxes. Little wonder! After all, how can any rural builder hope to avoid or minimize those … Read more »

Posted in Business and Management, In the Industry, Industry Experts, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged payroll taxes, rural builder taxes, tax relief | Leave a comment

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 … Read more »

Posted in Industry Experts, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged roof load capacity, roof truss connectors, USP Structural Connect | Leave a comment

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 … Read more »

Posted in Construction Industry News, Industry Experts, RB December 2011, Rural Builder Magazine | Tagged blenker building systems, jason blenker, plum building systems, rick parrino, roof truss | Leave a comment