On-Floor Activities

Need to pick an industry expert’s brain or clear up some installation instructions?  Join the interactive on-floor activities and meetups to learn best practices and tips to elevate your craft.

Are you an exhibiting manufacturer that would like to demo a product?  Contact your account executive today to add your demonstration to this growing list!

Details are in the works, check back for an update to the on-floor activities schedule with new topics and presenters!

Create a spa-like retreat with built-in seats and benches, inset shelves and niches, low-profile linear drains, heated floors, and even steam showers. Find out about Schluter's new shower trays and designer STYLE grates! Schluter®-Systems offers a complete line of products that integrate to form a fully bonded, watertight assembly for tiled barrier-free showers. Create bathrooms that allow clients to age in place, while meeting all of today's design requirements. 

Location: BOOTH 912

Demo Schedule:

Wednesday, October 10

10:30 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.                 Build It: New Shower Trays & KERDI-BOARD Building Panels

1:00 p.m. – 2:00 p.m.                     Let It Flow: New STYLE Designer Grates for KERDI-DRAIN & KERDI -                                                             LINE

2:30 p.m. – 3:00 p.m.                     Let’s Talk Floors: DITRA & DITRA-HEAT Uncoupling, Floor Warming, and                                                         Sound Control

 

Thursday, October 11

10:00 a.m. – 10:30 a.m.                 Build It: New Shower Trays & KERDI-BOARD Building Panels

1:00 p.m. – 2:30 p.m.                     Let It Flow & Let’s Talk Floors: New STYLE Designer Grates for Schluter®                                                         – Shower System & DITRA & DITRA-HEAT Uncoupling, Floor Warming,                                                           and Sound Control

We are partnering with The Build Show at this year’s event!  Matt Risinger and Jordan Smith will be filming
events, providing product reviews, and conducting interviews for The Build Show.  See The Build Show updates here.

Location: BOOTH 1329

Industry experts will delve into tool-specific topics, and you'll be able to see and demo new cutting edge tools from major manufacturers such as Festool, Bosch, DeWalt, Metabo HPT (formerly Hitachi), and Milwaukee in this exclusive area!  

Location: Booth 1050

Wednesday, October 10

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                    Van and Trailer Set Up with Zack Dettmore

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.                  Jobsite Shop with Matt Risinger

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.                    Get the Most from your Multitool with Jordan Smith

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.                      Right-Sizing your Finish Nailer with Kiefer Limeback

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                      Track Saws with Jordan Smith

3:30 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.                      Circular Saw Tricks for Remodelers with Mike Guertin

 

Thursday, October 11

9:30 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.                    Van and Trailer Set Up with Zack Dettmore

11:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.                   Jobsite Shop with Matt Risinger

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.                    Track Saws with Jordan Smith

1:00 p.m. - 1:30 p.m.                      Get the Most from your Multitool with Jordan Smith

1:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.                      Right-Sizing your Finish Nailer with Kiefer Limeback

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                      Circular Saw Tricks for Remodelers with Mike Guertin

Sponsored by

New at the show this year is the PDB Zone, an interactive series of informal workshop sessions with your favorite PDB authors. The half-hour sessions will take place throughout both days right on the show floor, kicking off on Wednesday with code expert Glenn Mathewson's Deck Code Q&A. Mike Guertin will follow up with a couple of sessions, one on rail post connections and the other on deck railing options. Jason Russell will finish off the first day's workshops with a social media meet-and-greet. On Thursday, Bobby Parks will get the workshops started with a look at some of his classic porch details. Later, Gary Daley (yes, America's deck builder!) will dig into homeowner-driven deck design. Finally, NADRA president Matt Breyer and Simpson Strong-Tie's Jim Mailey will introduce us to NADRA's new 'Deck Building Best Practices' initiative.

Location: BOOTH 2213

Wednesday, October 10

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.            Deck Code Q&A with Glenn Mathewson

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.              Railing Post Connections with Mike Guertin

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.                Deck Railing Options with Mike Guertin

3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.                Build a Social Media with Dr. Decks, aka Jason Russell

Thursday, October 11

10:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.           Classic Porch Details with Bobby Parks

12:30 p.m. - 1:00 p.m.             Homeowner-Driven Deck Design with Gary Daley

2:30 p.m. - 3:00 p.m.               NADRA Best Practices for Deck Builders with Matt Breyer and Jim Mailey

Sponsored by

Blue Corona

The web is changing life as we know it, and that extends to the way your prospective customers find and interact with your company. Join Blue Corona and listen to real-life examples of how effective digital marketing has increased leads and generated sales for companies just like you. 

Presented by Bill Zinnert, President, Diamond Decks

Session One: How Content Marketing Connects You to New Consumers

Location: BOOTH 541

Wednesday, October 10 at 11:00 AM to 11:30 AM

 

Presented by Bruce Wentworth, President, Wentworth Inc and Shannon Allcock, President, Shanco Companies

Session Two: Qualities of the Best Sales-Driving Remodeling Websites

Location: BOOTH 541

Thursday, October 11 at 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM

Photo Smart: Pro Tips to Elevate Your Brand on Social Media

Are your social media feeds doing their job to elevate your brand? Are people engaging with your posts?  The best image content zeros in on one subject and tells a compelling story with one photo. Join us and leave with tips and suggestions to improve how you choose subjects and compose your photos to start attracting more customers, bloggers, and editors. You are welcome to submit photos and social media pages for reviews in advance at: julia@marketingrival.com! 

Presenters: Jennifer Smiga & Julia Zapcic, Marketing Rival

Location: BOOTH 541

Wednesday, October 10 at 10:00 AM to 10:30 AM


LinkedIn Simplified

LinkedIn is the leading business platform with over 546+ million professionals.  Among those are your clients and ideal prospects. Will
prospects come across your name during their search?  Watch a live demonstration and learn how you can optimize your profile on the platform.

Anaezi Modu, REBRAND™ LLC

Location: BOOTH 541

Wednesday, October 10 at 2:00 PM to 2:30 PM


Growing Pains: Moving from a Small to a Mid-Size Operation

This open forum will offer organic insights on important issues challenging contractors from different size businesses today.  The topics will change depending on questions from the audience, but the primary area of focus will be growing your business. 

Mike Patterson, Jerry Levine, Chris Landis, and Michael Winn

Location: BOOTH 541

Thursday, October 11 at 12:00 PM to 12:30 PM

Business Growth Clinic sponsored by


Real Solutions for Safer, Stronger Decks

Presented by Simpson Strong-Tie in conjunction with the North American Deck and Railing Association, this demonstration will help deck builders take their framing and its connections to the house and the footings to the next level.

Location: BOOTH 2213

Wednesday, October 10

9:30 a.m.                    Footings, Posts and Post-to-Beam Connections with Mike Guertin & Jim Mailey

11:00 a.m.                  Installing Ledgers Right: Fastening and Flashing with Mike Guertin & Jim Mailey

1:30 p.m.                    Lateral Load Options and Joist Connections with Mike Guertin & Jim Mailey

2:30 p.m.                    Guards: Posts, Rails and Balusters with Jim Mailey & Scott Fischer P.E.

4:00 p.m.                    Stair Solutions with Mike Guertin & Jim Mailey

Thursday, October 11

9:30 a.m.                    Stair Solutions with Mike Guertin & Jim Mailey

11:00 a.m.                  Installing Ledgers Right: Fastening and Flashing with Jim Mailey & Scott Fischer P.E.

12:30 p.m.                  Guards: Posts, Rails and Balusters with Mike Guertin & Jim Mailey

2:00 p.m.                    Lateral Load Options and Joist Connections with Jim Mailey & Scott Fischer P.E.