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President's Message

With the softening economy, many of us are working hard just to get work. But there are growing risks in these economic times, and it is important to be able

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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

Milwaukee Tool introduces BOLT™ Safety Helmets with Impact Armor™ Liner.
Plastic Components now offers individual brochures for their PVC trims and accessories product lines.

Associated Builders and Contractors has released an artificial intelligence technology guide for the construction community, which includes definitions, construction use cases and considerations. The purpose of the guide is to

Estimator's Edge

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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.
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While this current decline in office space activity may prove to be a serious blow to commercial drywall contractors (and their estimators), it needn’t be a fatal one.

Safety & Health

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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Research findings released Oct. 26 indicate construction contractors continue to make progress responding to issues affecting worker safety and health, such as heat and mental health, but many areas for improvement remain.

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