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How To: Poor Man’s Carpenter Bench

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This this video on Poor Man’s Carpenter’s Bench they cut the final tenons for the bench legs.

More on this bench here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PptWUQ-p-jE

Starting Out? Tutorial On How To Read Plans Like A Pro

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This is part of  a FREE series of 4 videos (this being the 2nd) showing you how to read construction drawings like a pro. Learning how to read plans is a skill that is within your reach and this series of 4 free videos will show you how, step by step. You could know how to read house plans in less than an hour after watching all 4 of the videos.

Courtesy of http://beyourowncontractortraining.com/

How To: Stairs Without Stringers? Can It Be Done?

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The short answer; yes! Check out the Samurai Carpenter’s video and support his YouTube channel

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UC06fO6LNH_AUgjbmqaZRV5Q

 

Do you work with rebar?

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Learn how to set up rebar for a mat foundation, column or a footing. this video shows you step by step the names and different types of rebar members placed on a concrete column and a footing slab.

Can You Read Structural Drawings?

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If somebody handed you structural drawings, could you read them? Here is a fantastic overview of the basics.

How much markup on materials?

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Lots of contractors are leaving money on the table by not adding markup to materials. Do yourself a big favor and start if you aren’t.

More here: http://forums.jlconline.com/forums/forum/jlc-online-expert-forums/estimating-markup/8341-how-much-markup-on-materials

7 Top Home Improvement Trends for 2017

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Smart technologies, softer finishes, and toilets that clean themselves make this year’s watch list.

“…A team of Consumer Reports home editors and market analysts joined more than 80,000 design and construction professionals at the Orange County Convention Center, where about 1,500 manufacturers and suppliers unveiled their latest appliances, kitchen and bath fixtures, building materials, and more. A trade show of this size and scale almost defies trendspotting, but patterns did emerge as we traversed the 569,000 square feet of floor space. Here are seven developments we expect to see more of in 2017. We included pricing and availability information, where we could…”

http://www.consumerreports.org/home-improvement-remodeling/7-top-home-improvement-trends-for-2017/

Ten Simple Tips for Winning on Bid Day

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Winning is not a sometime thing…it’s an all the time thing. You don’t win once in a while…you don’t do the right thing once in a while…you do them right all the time. Winning is a habit.” ~ Vince Lombardi

The tough-minded approach of what it takes to be successful as quoted by Coach Lombardi easily translates to building a winning bid. Getting the estimate right isn’t something you should do once in a while… it is something you should do all the time. The results of this type of focused effort and consistency should pay off on bid day. Unfortunately, for many companies, winning on bid day is a sometime thing.

When it comes to bid day, here are some tips to improve your chances of winning. Following these simple guidelines will result in a stronger relationship between you and your client (general contractor, construction manager, owner, or trade contractor).

Want the tips? Read the article here on Construction Executive.