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How we interact with our new and aspiring leaders and pass on best practices and other lessons that we’re trying to foster at AWCI is a part of that, and
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Codes & Standards

I often get calls about specific fire rating details: Do I have to install this backer piece behind my control joint? Do butt joints have to be staggered? Is it OK to run wallboard vertically rather than horizontally?
This month I want to cover interior gypsum applications. The joint requirements are different for exterior applications and for portland cement plaster.
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In this month’s installment, we will cover the ceilings portion of acoustics, including STC requirements for floor-ceiling assemblies, and introduce the concept of structure-borne sound and impact insulation class.

New Products

Sto Corp. has added new colors to the StoColor® Wood Stain collection, giving architects and designers an even greater range of creative options.
Perma R Products announces the Perma R Brace and Perma R Brace SIB.
Typar® is adding a new heavy-duty sealant to its portfolio, offering builders and contractors superior adhesion for doors, windows and seams.

Estimator's Edge

When I say compensation, I’m not just referring to amount, but also the method of distribution.
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As much as I hate to continue on a narrative of pessimism, some pretty authoritative voices are compelling me to do so
With a new year opening up before us like a yawning portal into a new and daunting dimension, I am compelled to succumb to a reflexive tug for throwing out a pithy prediction or two for estimators—especially light commercial estimators—to ponder.

Safety & Health

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As we move into the warmer months, it is important to understand the different safety issues that contractors must address as working conditions change.
Soft tissue injuries are damage to ligaments, tendons or muscles. This damage can happen from a single event, such as a fall or impact, or over time from a series of repetitive motions.
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What keeps you up at night? Employee mental health and wellness was the primary topic discussed at the second annual safety roundtable held during AWCI’s Industry Leaders Conference in October.

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