On the Level: Project Managers
Joint Ridging in Drywall
Q: What can you tell me about ridges that may occur after I install and finish gypsum wallboard?
A: That is a phenomenon called “joint ridging,” and these ridges generally appear along the joints between adjac
U.S. Department of Labor Kicks Off Safe + Sound Week on August 13
The U.S. Department of Labor’s Occupational Safety and Health Administration encourages Americans to commit to workplace safety and health by participating in Safe + Sound Week, Aug. 13-19, 2018.
Productivity: Doing More with Less
Industrywide, we face a labor shortage.
While not a long-term solution, you can at least partially make up for not enough hands on deck by making each hand more efficient and productive, and so patch the s
Q: What can you tell me about wall prioritization?
A: The term is typically used in regard to fire-resistive walls and buildings that fall under the International Building Codes. The inten
Jobsite Safety: 21 Ways to Reduce Your Reportables
In April and May, AWCI’s Construction Dimensions reached out to some of the industry’s most successful safety directors to learn how they put together their programs and maintain strong safety cultures. Lo and be
Millennials 10 Years Later
Ten years ago this month, I profiled millennials for AWCI’s Construction Dimensions in a column titled “InSync with the Millennial Generation.” I wrote that millennials are hard-working and thoughtful—“possibly t
When Humidity Makes Wallboard Swell
Q: After I painted a recently finished wall clad with gypsum panels, I noticed depressions at the fastener locations. I know the wall did not have these imperfections prior to painting it. Can you explain what is
Construction Employers Add 228,000 Jobs over the Year Despite Dip in March
Construction employment increased by 228,000 jobs over the past year despite a weather-related dip last month, and the industry’s unemployment rate fell to 7.4 percent, the lowest yet for March, according to an a
Contractors in the North Talk Business
It is busy and it is going to stay that way for many contractors in northern states throughout 2018. Here’s a look at how several AWCI member contractors—from Ohio to North Dakota—are faring now, the challenges t
Fire Assemblies Defined
Q: How are “fire wall,” “fire barrier” and “fire partition” defined??
A: AAccording to the International Building Code, there are subtle but significant differences in those terms. Any discussion on these asse
Scheduling: Art or Science?
While some say that project scheduling isn’t brain surgery, others say that brain surgery, by comparison, is but a leisurely stroll through a park.
Most agree, though, that when it comes to scheduling and
Future Leaders: Where Will They Come From?
Over the last several years, many of AWCI’s member contractors have voiced the concern that they see no clear candidate to hand the reins when the day comes to retire. Also, they wish there were more young aspira
The Difference Between F and T
Q: Can you help me understand the difference between F and T ratings in firestop design?
A: These ratings reflect completely different performance-based results that indicate the ability of a specific firestop
Q: Can you help me understand how building code–mandated sustainability requirements are affecting construction demolition and waste?
A: Two existing building codes are having a significant impact on how const
AWCI Offers Members Assistance with OSHA’s Respirable Silica Rule
AWCI’s website now offers members a downloadable Word file of “AWCI’s Guideline Template for Respirable Crystalline Silica Control.” The purpose of the plan template is to minimize employee exposure to hazardous
Emerging Practice of Prevention through Design and Technology Advances Poised to Help Improve Construction Safety
A new study from Dodge Data & Analytics reveals the engagement with and impact of two critical trends for improving construction safety—technologies used on job sites, and the practice of Prevention through Desig
In AWCI’s 100 years, history is chock full of some amazing inventors. This month I’d like to share my favorite inventor stories with you.
How did I pick my favorites? I’m a storyteller, so I like a good st
Thermal Barriers Defined
Q: What does the term “thermal barrier” mean?
A: A thermal barrier is required by the International Building Code to provide separation from foam plastics and an interior space. Specific language for this requ
How Fares Your Wallet?
In presenting his 2018 construction outlook at the Dodge Outlook Executive Conference held in November, Dodge Chief Economist Robert Murray said U.S. construction starts are expected to climb by 3 percent to $765
Listen to Your Elders
Fifty years ago, two trade associations served the majority of North America’s wall and ceiling contractors. The international association of the Wall & Ceiling Industry championed lath and plaster construction.
Panel Installation in Winter
Q: What issues should I be concerned about relative to gypsum panel installation during the winter?
A: The biggest issue when installing gypsum panels in winter is the increased potential for cracking. The mos