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House Votes to Extend PPP Loan Application Deadline to May 31

The Paycheck Protection Program has run its course after providing well over half a trillion dollars in loans to small businesses across the U.S.

Electrical Questions Answered By An Electrical Inspector

Everything you wanted to know about breaker panels and more. A veteran electrical inspector answers your questions.


Build Concrete Steps 

Learn how to build concrete steps that look fantastic and will last 100 years.


Toolipedia: Drywall Screw Gun

Toolipedia: Everything you wanted to know about drywall screw guns.


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9 Things Carpenters ALWAYS Do Working On Their Homes

Ever wonder what practices, principles, tools and materials pro carpenters can't live without? Discover nine of them so you can...

Which Homeowners Hire Pros the Most?

Study: More than a third of all home improvement projects require the help of a professional remodeler.


Learn More About the Science Behind Concrete

Ever wonder what concrete is really made of? Read this and find out.

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Why More Women Are Considering Careers in the Trades

Gone are the days when only men filled jobs in construction. There has never been a better time for women...


How Small Businesses Can Avoid Economic Stimulus Scams

The Small Business Administration recently issued a warning about scammers trying to take advantage of people applying for small business...


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Bosch’s New Thermal Camera a ‘Staple for Any Toolbox’

The camera gives DIYers and pros an easy way to accurately measure, visualize and analyze thermal variance on almost any...


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Why High-Performance Furnace Filters May Ruin the Blower

Adapt your ductwork design to ensure adequate system airflow for homeowners who intend to use their blower filter as a...

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How to Become an HVAC Technician

In an era of energy conservation and extremely air-tight construction practices, the demand for HVAC tradespeople won't evaporate any time...


How to Become a Great Landscaper

People interested in entering the landscaping industry have many options. Your particular path depends on what you'd like to do.


How to Become a House Painter

People who learn how to become a house painter share a common endpoint: entrance into a rewarding, high-demand career.


A First-Person Account of How the Pandemic is Affecting Construction Workers

The rapid spread of COVID-19 forced the construction industry to adapt. One roofer describes how the lives of he and...


How to Become a Limited-Energy Electrician

A sea change in how homes work has created the perfect storm for limited-energy electricians. Learn how you can ride...

How to Become a Plumber

Learn how to become a plumber through a local apprenticeship or trade school program.


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Stuff We Love: Plumbers Tool Up

Gear up with these 3 plumbing tools


How to Protect a House During a Remodel

It's important during any remodeling project to safeguard the unaffected parts of the house from damage and filth. Here are...


20 Tips and Tools That Make House Demolition Simple

Demolition shouldn't be a haphazard job, especially for the professionals. These tips and tools will make your residential remodeling and...


5 Highest-Paying States for Carpenters

Looking to make a life change? Here are the five states with the highest average professional carpenter salaries across the...


Post Plumbing Job Checklist

Another successful plumbing job...but wait! Before you pack up your tools, take the time to do a final check...


How To Pour a Perfect Concrete Apron

We followed a concrete crew for the day in order to find out the process behind their black concrete aprons....


Which Interior Renovation Adds the Most Value to a House?

New and refinished wood flooring and HVAC upgrades are the top interior renovation projects that add the most value at...

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Eco-Friendly Cement Unveiled by Researchers at Western Sydney University

Concrete is essential for the construction industry, but bad for the environment. A team of researchers is working to solve...


An Inside Look Into a Truss Factory

We visited a truss plant and asked about the most common mistakes framers make when installing with trusses.


Tidy Tips From a Picky Painter

You can tell a good paint job because the new wall paint is only on the wall. We asked a...


Everything Roofing Pros Should Know About Synthetic Underlayment

Synthetic underlayment is taking over the roofing industry, which comes as no surprise given all the benefits. Find out why...


A Guide To Drywall Sizes

Drywall comes in many different sizes. Learn how to choose the right drywall size and drywall thickness for your next...


7 Things You Should Know Before Starting a Remodeling Company

We talked to the CEO of a remodeling company to learn what it takes to be successful in a competitive...