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Estimator's Edge

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I’m never at a loss for words when describing the difficulties confronting my estimating contemporaries in their daily endeavors.
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

President's Message

Howdy, AWCI family! I am truly humbled to serve as the new president of AWCI and look forward to the year ahead with great enthusiasm. It is an honor to lead such a remarkable group of individuals who continuously strive to improve and innovate within our industry.

InSync

Four years ago, I wrote about suicide in construction (AWCI’s Construction Dimensions, April 2020, page 17). I focused then on a lack of empathy as a potential suicide contributor.
Recently on LinkedIn, Chris Walker, CEO of Passetto and chairman of Refine Labs, told the story of someone—a marketing professional, no doubt—who said that creating volumes of marketing material is not only hard to do but impossible.
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Expectations run high in construction, and so clashes with the GC and other trades are inevitable. But fear not, for wit and wisdom are your secret weapons. From playful sports analogies to T-shirt-worthy quips, mastering the art of the comeback can turn tense moments into triumphs of communication.

New Products

ClarkDietrich is giving framing contractors a tested and proven solution for quickly repairing steel framing members with oversized mechanical, electrical and plumbing cutouts.
TruFast® is continuing to grow its portfolio of TubeSeal™ self-sealing fasteners to give building professionals cost-effective solutions to help ensure the integrity of air and moisture barriers.
Werner introduces the ProForm Switchpoint™ Self-Rescue System. Designed for industry professionals who want to take control of their own rescue, the innovative system builds upon Werner’s patented Chair in the

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.

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