Truckload Purchase Power

Tidbits from the Top Truckload Purchase Power Building products, like many other products, have a lower per-unit cost when purchasing large quantities.  Another factor in the price paid for materials is how many times do they have to be handled.  The more direct, the...

Curing Blankets

Tidbits from the Top Curing Blankets Pouring concrete when the temperatures are below ideal may require an elevated level of protection during the early curing stage.  If the air temperature is going to be right around the freezing mark within 48 hours after pouring...

Spring Load Restrictions

Tidbits from the Top Spring Load Restrictions Many people do not realize that transportation to most sites with heavy trucks and trailers is restricted during the spring thaw.  State highways typically have no restrictions but there is not a very high percentage of...

Winter Building – Labor/Tool Issues

Tidbits from the Top Winter Building – Labor/Tool Issues   Building in the elements during sub-freezing temperatures comes with challenges.  The obvious challenge is the safety of the crew.  The crew must protect themselves from frostbite which means either...

Cold-Weather Concrete

Tidbits from the Top Cold-Weather Concrete Pouring concrete in cold temperatures is not just “another day at the office”.  Since one of the ingredients of concrete is water, the concrete mixture must be protected from freezing during the early hydration stage. ...

Best Time of the Year to Buy

Tidbits from the Top Best Time of the Year to Buy The short answer is late winter.  The reason I say this is because in the construction industry, mostly in the northland, material suppliers and vendors hold buying shows for lumber yards and construction companies. ...