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Wasted Away AgainThursday, Sep 17, 2015

If you had to describe a friend as “Wasted Away Again in Margaritaville”, or stranded in the Who’s “Teenage Wasteland”, or even that they “Wasted” years crying…

A Tale of Two CottagesMonday, Jan 26, 2015

Dickens' Remodel. "It was the best of times, it was the worst of times, it was the age of wisdom, it was the age of foolishness, . . ." Well, does that pretty…

Secrets to Great BBQ & Building -- It's All in the wood.Tuesday, Nov 11, 2014

I guess secrecy has always been a part of great cooking. Does your mother-in-law's recipe really contain every ingredient and step needed to duplicate her home…

Wood Guaranteed Against Warp - Is that Possible?Wednesday, Aug 20, 2014

So two studs go into a bar, . . . and a beautiful woman walks up to them and says "Hey big studs, I'm looking for somewood who will be straight and true, for I…

Stock and Lumber Markets Soaring – Watch Your Lumber Budgets!Wednesday, Mar 06, 2013

On Tuesday, the Dow Jones Industrial Average went to an all-time high as investors continued to push up stock prices.  Some of that same bullish attitude has…

Hidden Value of a Lean FramerThursday, Sep 20, 2012

 When we say “Lean Framer”, we’re not talking about Slim over there who disappears when he turns sideways.  We’re talking about the framing carpenter who understands and practices “lean building practices.”  “Lean” is the elimination of waste, in all forms (material, energy, time). Framers have a tremendous impact not only on the quality and structural integrity of the home, but also on one of the largest expense line items in the builder’s budget – framing lumber.

How to Find the Lowest Total Cost LumberyardThursday, Aug 30, 2012

Most of us have been tempted (particularly these last few years) to leap at promises of low, low prices - from energy providers to car insurance and everything in…