Tidbits from the Top

Welcome

Tidbits from the TopWelcomeWelcome to our newest informative feature, “Tidbits from the Top”. These tidbits will inform you about topics relating to the building industry that may impact your...

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Site Preparation

Tidbits from the TopSite PreparationA properly prepared site for your building is much more involved than most folks think.  Unfortunately, we come across many sites that have been prepared by...

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Engineered Headers

Tidbits from the TopEngineered HeadersEngineered lumber is called by many different names but most commonly, LVL’s (Laminated Veneer Lumber) and Glu Lams.  This type of building material is made up...

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Cold-Weather Concrete

Tidbits from the Top Cold-Weather ConcretePouring 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...

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Best Time of the Year to Buy

Tidbits from the Top Best Time of the Year to BuyThe short answer is late winter.  The reason I say this is because in the construction industry, mostly in the northland, material suppliers and...

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Vertical Foam

Tidbits from the Top Vertical FoamThe placement of foam vertically around the perimeter of a concrete slab enables easier heating to achieve a more comfortable floor temperature along the edges and...

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Online Schedule

Tidbits from the Top Online ScheduleIn our attempt to keep our customers as informed as possible regarding their project, Economy Garages has upgraded our scheduling information found online.  Our...

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Permit Process

Tidbits from the Top Permit ProcessThe process of acquiring a permit for your building varies depending on which state, city, township, or municipality the building will be located in.  It also...

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Addendums

Tidbits from the Top AddendumsHow many times have you made a purchase and later thought of something you missed, forgot to mention, or didn’t get your spouse’s opinion?  Yea, it happens.  Economy...

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OSB – What is it?

Tidbits from the Top OSB - What is it?Many folks have been to lumber yards and have looked at or purchased “OSB”, but how many know what it stands for, or what it is?  The letters “OSB” stand for...

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Frost Actions

Tidbits from the Top Frost ActionsPeople are used to the weather getting cold and lakes freezing, but do you know what it is doing to the ground around and under your buildings?  When ground water...

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Firewall

Tidbits from the Top FirewallThis is one of those terms that when used, car guys & gals think of the wall between the engine compartment and the vehicle’s interior.  Computer minded folks tend...

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Ground Heater

Tidbits from the Top Ground HeaterThe cold climate in Minnesota and Wisconsin requires extra tools, care, and knowledge in order to properly pour concrete.  One tool, not owned by many, is a ground...

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Truss Loading – Bottom Chord

Tidbits from the Top   Truss Loading - Bottom ChordA common truss is not normally designed to take the weight of items placed on it for storage.  Many people look at the space inside a truss...

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Lumber Sizes

Tidbits from the Top Lumber SizesWhy is a 2x4 not a 2x4 you ask.  The world of dimensional lumber changed when quality became an expectation.  In years long past, when lumber mills cut dimensional...

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Garage Doors – T-Handles

Tidbits from the Top Garage Doors - T-HandlesThese lockable handles are used for locking a garage door when an operator is not part of the picture.  When the T-handle is twisted on the outside face...

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Sealing Concrete

Tidbits from the TopSealing ConcreteIt is recommended to seal concrete to protect it from salts and chemicals brought in by vehicles, but all sealers are not created equal.  A sealer used on the...

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EG Owner Background

Tidbits from the TopEconomy Garages  Owner BackgroundSo, you may be asking yourself, “Who is the dufus writing these Tidbits and why should I believe they’re correct?”  Hi, my name is Jamie Bird,...

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Hurricane Fasteners

Tidbits from the TopHurricane FastenersHurricane fastener is a general term for special products used to secure a truss to the double top plate of a wall to combat uplift loads due to high wind...

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Concrete Zones

Tidbits from the TopConcrete ZonesThe area in which Economy Garages pours concrete is larger than our excavation zone but smaller than our building zones.  This area can fluctuate slightly from...

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Seasonal Excavation

Tidbits from the TopSeasonal ExcavationExcavation is one area that Economy Garages does not conduct year-round.  It takes additional labor, equipment and expense to prepare the ground during the...

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House Wrap

Tidbits from the TopHouse WrapHouse wrap is a general term used to describe an exterior weather barrier installed under most sidings.  They often are known by the names like, Typar, Tyvek, and...

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Building Phases – Building

Tidbits from the TopBuilding Phases - BuildingThis building phase is often looked at as the “now we’re getting somewhere” phase.  It takes the other three phases, although not so grandiose, to get...

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Two Week Schedule

Tidbits from the TopTwo Week ScheduleA new schedule is created every Friday that projects the next two weeks of building.  There are many factors that can alter scheduling including weather,...

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When do we ship the building?

Tidbits from the TopWhen do we ship the building?Economy Garages will only ship a building to be constructed once a building permit has been received, all payments are current, all concrete work is...

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Excavation Zones

Tidbits from the TopExcavation ZonesEconomy Garages does not prepare sites in all our concrete or building zones due to the type of equipment that must be transported and the location of pits to get...

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T1-11 Wicking Process

Tidbits from the TopT1-11 Wicking ProcessT1-11 is a very commonly used sheet product used as a structural sheathing and is also a final siding.  This product needs to be sealed by paint to ensure...

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Price Guarantee

Tidbits from the TopPrice GuaranteeWhen a quote is given to a perspective customer, the price will be honored for a limited time due to the volatility of the labor and materials markets.  Economy...

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Clean-Up

Tidbits from the TopClean-UpI find it interesting when contractors say there is no cost for clean-up.  Are they saying that their employees are not getting paid, gas is free, or landfills don’t...

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Aluminum Shortage/Allocation

Tidbits from the TopAluminum Shortage/AllocationMany products used in construction are being impacted by a shortage in raw materials.  Many of these shortages are due to the lack of labor to acquire...

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Windows – Stock vs. Delivery

Tidbits from the TopWindows - Stock Vs. DeliveryEconomy Garages stocks 4’ x 2’ glider windows in white and clay.  They are insulated units that glide on metal rollers for years of smooth operation. ...

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Grade Beam Vs. Footing

Tidbits from the TopGrade Beam vs. FootingThese two terms are very close in meaning and can almost be used synonymously.  Both terms refer to reenforced concrete used as a foundational support for a...

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Building Phases – Concrete

Tidbits from the TopBuilding Phases - ConcreteThe concrete phase consists of the completion of all concrete including garage floors, aprons, driveways, and block.  The concrete crew will dig the...

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Road Restrictions

Tidbits from the TopRoad RestrictionsLooks like the snow has finally melted, so let’s get this building project rolling... right?  Not so fast!  The fact is that weight limits are placed on roads in...

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Effects of Salt on Concrete

Tidbits from the TopThe Effects of Salt on ConcreteHave you ever looked down at the concrete while pumping your gas or while walking on a sidewalk and wondered why the concrete looks like the...

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Cement Shortage/Allocation

Tidbits from the TopCement Shortage/AllocationIt may be a surprise to most of us, but even the ready-mix concrete industry has been disrupted by a shortages.  Cement is a key ingredient in concrete...

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Vapor Barriers

Tidbits from the TopVapor BarriersA vapor barrier in the building industry is typically polyethylene sheeting, or better known as plastic.  To qualify as a vapor barrier, the poly must be a minimum...

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Building Phases – Permits

Tidbits from the TopBuilding Phases - PermitsDepending on the area in which the building is to be built, either a Zoning Permit or Building Permit will be required.  In areas that have a state...

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Garage Doors – Wind Load

Tidbits from the TopGarage Doors - Wind LoadNot all garage doors are created equal. The code in Minnesota and Wisconsin requires garage doors to withstand a 95mph wind. This code requirement must be...

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Building Phases

Tidbits from the TopBuilding PhasesEconomy Garages breaks up the construction of a garage into four distinct phases: Permit, Excavation, Concrete, and Building. Each phase uses different people or...

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Impact of Weather

Tidbits from the TopImpact of WeatherWeather affects building construction in many different ways. High temperatures can cause crew health problems due to lack of hydration, sun burn, and heat...

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Sales Visit – Why?

Tidbits from the TopSales Visit - Why?A site visit from one of our Sales Representatives is a requirement to ensure all challenges, risks and concerns are discussed prior to locking into a contract...

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Garage Doors – Delivery Time

Tidbits from the TopGarage Doors - Delivery TimeThe garage door industry has been hit on many fronts throughout the last few years.  There are many products that go into the manufacturing of garage...

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H-Clips

Tidbits from the TopH-ClipsPanel Edge Clips, more often known as H-Clips (because they look like the letter ‘H’ when looked at from the side), are small building components having a large...

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20-Year Workmanship Warranty

Tidbits from the Top20-Year Workmanship WarrantyMinnesota and Wisconsin law requires contractors to give a one-year warranty on their work.  We, at Economy Garages, think that if you are good at...

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Ice Barrier

Tidbits from the TopIce Barrier Icicles hanging off eaves is a very common sight in our neck of the woods.  Under insulated or under ventilated attic spaces, if not both, are mostly to blame. ...

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Window & Service Door Headers

Tidbits from the TopWindow & Service Door HeadersA “header” is a supporting member found above windows and doors designed to carry the load above it and move it to the sides of the opening. ...

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Supply Chain Issues

Tidbits from the TopSupply Chain IssuesProblems with the supply of different materials has reared its ugly head many times over the years.  Prices or lack of petroleum being produced affects...

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