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The Eleven Percent: Meet Ally Childress, Journeyworker Electrician

Electrician Ally Childress talks about working on a stadium, how to be inclusive and what's in her tool bag.

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Family Handyman Approved: DeWalt Job Site Table Saw

DeWalt has long been associated with great jobsite tools. This saw is no different.


What’s In My Toolbox? A Pro Plumber’s Most Essential Tools

A long-time plumbing professional shares a look inside her toolbox.


7 Reasons to Consider Going to Trade School

Trade schools offer affordable education in dependable industries with classes to help you launch, retool or elevate your career.


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Why Lumber Prices Are Soaring Again in 2022

After normalizing in the second half of 2021, lumber prices are skyrocketing again. Here's why.

Plumber Discovers Megachurch Cash Stash

You can find some crazy things once you start opening up walls.


GIE+EXPO Changes Name After Fourteen Years

Big changes are coming to one of the country's most popular trade shows.

Registration Now Open for the 2022 International Builders’ Show

The popular industry event is back in person in 2022.


The Home Depot Partners With Buildertrend to Serve Pro Contractor Customers

The Home Depot teams up with one of the world's leading construction management programs.


Ace Hardware on Pace to Open 170 New Stores in 2021

Ace still plans to open another 60 locations by the end of the year.


White House Unveils Plan to Increase Affordable Housing

The U.S. needs more affordable housing. Here's how the current administration plans to get the country where it needs to...

Lumber Prices Are Down, So Why Are Homes Still Less Affordable?

Lumber prices have dropped, but homes are still prohibitively expensive. Here's why.


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The Home Depot to Sell Tools That Only Work if Activated

The home improvement super store is launching a plan to sell power tools that will only work once activated at...


5 Things I Wish I Would Have Known as a Rookie Landscaper

We talked to a landscaping veteran to find out the five main things he wishes he would have known on...


Did You Know You Can Return Building Materials?

Clear up some clutter in your workshop and make a little money by returning those unused building materials.


White House Holds Summit On Housing Industry Supply Chain Issues

As supply chain constraints continue to limit home building, industry leaders met with government officials to plan a course of...

12 Things You Should Always Ask a Contractor Before Building a House

The idea of building a new home is exciting. However, if you don't ask your contractor the right questions prior...


50 Abandoned Houses That Would Look Great Restored

If you think these abandoned houses look cool now, just imagine them restored!


Construction Employment Numbers Continue to Slide in June

The construction industry is having a hard time generating consistent job growth. How long will these labor woes last?


How Much do Average Homeowners Know About Remodeling?

Has the overflowing pool of remodeling shows and websites made your clients more demanding or more educated?


5 Highest-Paying States for Masonry Contractors

Take a look at the five states with the highest average professional masonry contractor salaries across the U.S.


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Lumber Prices See Largest Monthly Price Drop in History

After skyrocketing all spring, lumber prices fell back to Earth in June. Here's a look at what's happening and when...


New Home Sales Fall Short of Forecasts in May

The housing market cooled off a little in May, but a busy and (complicated) summer looms for the home building...


Lumber Prices Down Nearly 40 Percent From May Peak

The price of lumber has been dropping all throughout June. But how long will this trend last?


Construction Employment Slips By 20,000 Jobs in May

The construction industry is spinning its wheels as material shortages continue causing non-residential construction to sputter.

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Construction Training Program for Girl Scouts Launches This Fall

Only 11 percent of construction workers in 2020 were women. The Home Depot Foundation and the Girl Scouts of the...


Where Are Homeowners Spending Remodeling Dollars?

Room additions remain the most expensive remodeling projects.


When Will Wood Prices Go Down?

Lumber is currently historically expensive. But exactly how long will that be case?


OSHA Makes Key Change to COVID-19 Vaccination Reporting

OSHA is relaxing the record-keeping requirements around vaccination side effects. Here's how the rule change affects employers.


New Home Sales Dip in April Due to Cost Concerns

Housing affordability is becoming problematic as construction materials become more and more expensive.


Construction Production Drops as Material Costs Surge

Building homes is steadily getting more expensive, complicating matters for homebuilders and home buyers alike.