Top 10 reasons to use precast walls for your next project: Precast concrete insulated walls provide energy benefits that can exceed the benefits of mass or insulation used alone in the varying climate conditions we see in the upper Midwest regions. Precast concrete walls act as thermal storage to delay and reduce peak thermal loads.... Read more »
What Decking Materials Are the Best Value?
What Decking Materials Are the Best Value? - MWP Building Supply gives you advice on which materials make the best deck for your home
Why use Prestressed Concrete vs. Cast-in-Place Concrete? What is Precast/Prestressed Concrete?
The short, salesperson’s answer is “it’s a superior building material.” Now I’m sure long before you reach the end of this you will have figured out that I’m not a salesperson. Whether it be because of the fascination I have with the manipulation of material properties, because of the lack of wordsmithing prowess that engineers... Read more »
15 Vegetables Best Started from Seed
By Ken Lain, the mountain gardener Issue 021117 Growing Vegetables From Seed Feb 11 - Wildflowers: Ready - Set - Grow Late winter is the ideal time to start wildflower seeds, but you can't just chuck them onto the landscape and expect success. We share all the local tips that ensure a spectacular showing of these bloomers. You will know the best seed, soils, food, and techniques that brings on the color this spring. Come early, this class can be standing room only Feb 18 - Gardening for Newcomers Learn all the mountain secrets to local garden success. This is an information packed class guaranteed to increase garden blooms and fruit this year. The first 10 students to bring $10 and a soil sample receives a pH soil test done on site with…
How to Repair Concrete Pool Decks
Owning a swimming pool can be a great experience for a homeowner, until they start to have problems. One typical problem for swimming pools, especially those located in areas of the country with four seasons …
See what happens when an ICF wall is exposed to a frigid
HAVE YOU EVER WONDERED HOW LONG IT WOULD TAKE FOR THE HEAT TO TURN ON WHEN AN ICF WALL IS EXPOSED TO A FRIGID -31°F? We placed an R-24 ICF wall* in the middle of a test chamber. The temperature on one side of the chamber was reduced to -31°F, while the temperature on the other side was maintained at 70°F by a heat source.
Duluth Trading Commercial: How to Hug a Plumber
Follow these step-by-step instructions on Plumber's Day (April 25th), or any other day! C'mon, hug a plumber! Shop Longtail T® Shirts: www.duluthtradi...
Make Your Own Concrete Planters
Transform molds from your pantry and easy-to-use concrete into a variety of planters that will add texture and charm to your outdoor spaces.
What is Continuous Insulation?
I realize continuous insulation may have been briefly discussed in prior blogs, but it is a frustrating topic that needs continuous education and discussion. This topic reminds me of an analogy from Mr. Rick Ostgard explaining the concept by using a winter coat scenario. One coat has only strips of insulation, compared to another coat... Read more »
Earthquake Shake Tests at UC San Diego <br> Toward 20-story Earthquake-safe Buildings Made from Wood
Earthquake Shake Tests at UC San Diego Toward 20-story Earthquake-safe Buildings Made from Wood