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LIVE Building Clinics

Live Building Clinics are interactive demonstrations presented by top industry experts in a real-world jobsite setting. These hands-on training areas will help you refine your techniques, increase your productivity, and give you first-hand views of the newest products in action!

Entrance into all live building clinics is open to all attendees.  

More details for each clinic coming soon! Schedule subject to change.  

Learn how to save time and money by going cordless at jobsites – no hassle with cords, no generators, no power, no problem! The advantages and profits of a clean jobsite, dust extraction tools that make it easy and what you need to know to get involved in restoration work. 

CLINIC #651  

Presenter: Paul Sprague

Thursday, November 7

10:00 am - 10:45 am | Cutting the Cord and Increasing Profits with Cordless Tools

11:45 am - 12:30 pm | Working Dust Free for Happier Clients

1:45 pm - 2:30 pm | Control Dust and Get Paid For It

3:30 pm - 4:15 pm | Getting Started in Restoration Work

 

Friday, November 8

9:45 am -10:30 am | Cutting the Cord and Increasing Profits with Cordless Tools

11:15 am - 12:00 pm | Working Dust Free for Happier Clients

1:15 pm - 2:00 pm | Control Dust and Get Paid For It

2:45 pm - 3:30 pm | Getting Started in Restoration Work

 

 

  • Cordless Jobsite
    • Cutting the Cord and Increasing the Profits
    • Going Cordless Saves Time and Money
    • Reduced set up time. No hassle with cords. No Generators. No power no problems!
  • Dust Extraction for Tools
    • Importance of Dust Extraction
    • Silica Dust Protection
    • Keeping the Dust Down
  • Working Clean and Getting Paid for It.
    • Upgrade Your Jobsite
    • Provide a Cleaner Living Environment for the Client
    • Using Air Scrubbers
    • Containment Walls for Remodels
  • Restoration Work
    • Getting Restoration Work
    • Tools for Fire and Flood Cleanup
    • What You Need to Know

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To meet homeowners' expectations and code officials' demands, your decks need to be more than just beautiful.  Decks must be designed and constructed to be safe, long lasting.  Mike brings 9 new deck construction demonstrations to this year's show covering a wide range of topics where novice workers can learn the basics and seasoned deck builders and remodelers can up their knowledge and building techniques.

CLINIC #251

Presenter: Mike Guertin 

Thursday, November 7

9:15 am – 9:45 am | Picture - Perfect Baluster Layout

9:45 am – 10:30 am | Leak-proof Deck Ledger Flashing

10:30 am – 11:15 am | Deck Guardrail Assemblies

11:15 am – 11:45 am | RailFX Cable Railing Installation Made Easy 

12:30 pm – 1:15 pm | Deck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Install Practices

1:15 pm – 2:00 pm | Challenging Deck Ledger Installations and Solutions

2:45 pm – 3:30 pm | Hidden Decking Fastener Tools Accelerate Installation

4:15 pm – 4:45 pm | Deck Code Q&A

 

Friday, November 8

9:15 am – 9:45 am | Site-Built Under Deck Drainage System for < $1 / SF

9:45 am – 10:30 am | Deck Frame Bracing and Lateral Load Reinforcement

10:30 am – 11:15 am | Leak-proof Deck Ledger Flashing

11:15 am – 11:45 am | RailFX Cable Railing Installation Made Easy 

12:45 pm – 1:30 pm | Picture - Perfect Baluster Layout

1:30 pm – 2:15 pm | Hidden Decking Fastener Tools Accelerate Installation

3:00 pm – 3:30 pm | Deck Code Q&A

  • Picture-Perfect Baluster Layout
    • Simple layout jig for no-measure automatic baluster spacing
    • Guardrail infill requirements
  • Deck Guardrail Assemblies
    • Code and Compliances for site-built and manufactured guardrail assemblies
    • Surface-mounted post framing Details
    • Exposed and sleeved post attachment arrangements: metal connectors and blocking and blocking screws
    • Flashing posts to frame connections for durability
  • Leak-proof Deck Ledger Flashing
    • Wall preparation with Self-sealing / Adhering Membrane
    • Pre-flashing Top of Ledger to Wall
    • Metal / Plastic Cap Flashing Design Options and Installation
    • Siding Integration Above and Below Ledger
    • Cantilever Joist Flashing
    • Drainable Ledger Assemblies
  • Deck Ledger Attachment: Codes and Install Practices
    • Deciphering deck ledger bolt and screw spacing schedules
    • Approved spacing adjustment for conflicts with joists and hangers
    • Code and manufacturer details for fastener locations through ledger and rim joist
    • Fastener installation practices: Clearance and Lead/pilot hole size (or Not)
    • Fastening to Engineered rim joists
  • Challenging Deck Ledger Installation and Solutions
    • Cantilever Floor Farming
    • Brick / Stone Veneer
    • Open-Web Floor Trusses
    • Walls with Exterior Insulation and Rainscreen Spaces
  • Hidden Decking Fastener Tools That Accelerate Installation
    • Pneumatically Driven Clip Fastening Systems
    • Specialty Pneumatic Fastener Systems
    • Screw-driven Hidden Fastener Systems
  • Site-Built Under Deck Drainage System for < $1 /SF
    • See how to use EPDM roofing material to fabricate a seamless underdeck drainage system that’s quick and easy to install. 
  • Deck Frame Bracing and Lateral Load Reinforcement
    • Diagonal Post-to-Frame Bracing
    • Diagonal Frame Blocking and Strap Reinforcement
    • Deck Frame to House Frame Attachment
    • Lateral Loud Connections: Installation Details and Limitations
  • Deck Codes Questions and Answers
    • Deck Codes have changes since 2006 IRC – bring questions on: footing sizing, footing load path requirements, ledger attachments, lateral load connections, joist spans and sizing and beam spans
      and sizing. 

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This clinic is geared to the remodeling contractor looking to increase framing productivity on the job site. From the Novice Carpenter to the seasoned Lead Carpenter, there is something for everyone. Each session will start out with reminders for jobsite safety – a requirement for your Lead Carpenters to review all hazards each workday and provide safety protocols to protect your crews. Park your new hires in Mikes clinic for the day and have your Leads drop in to hone their skills and learn new money making techniques. Don’t miss it!

CLINIC #1147

Presenter: Mike Sloggatt

Thursday, November 7

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Framing the Floor - Get It Right the First Time

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Framing Layout and Prep

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Retrofitting a Flush Beam

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Framing Stair Stringers

 

Friday, November 8

9:30 am – 10:30 am | New Addition On an Old House

11:00 am – 12:00 pm | Cutting the Curve

1:00 pm – 2:00 pm | Rafter Cutting & Calculation

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Framing Stair Stringers

  • Floor Framing – Avoiding Common Mistakes That Eat Up Profits
    • Engineered Lumber versus dimensional lumber
    • Layout strategies- getting it right the first time
    • Preventing Call Backs
  • Wall Framing - Strategies for Accuracy
    • Layout and Preparation – Getting it Square
    • Cutting the Frame Package
    • Preventing Call Backs
  • Retrofitting a Flush Beam
    • Supporting the existing structure
    • Cutting the pocket
    • Following the load path
  • Cutting Stair Stringers - A Mathematical Approach
    • Importance of a story pole
    • Establishing the framing points
    • Cutting and installing stringers
  • New Addition to an Old House - Common Problems Remodelers must Conquer
    • Joining the floor system – Pitfalls & Solutions
    • Square up & Elevation
    • Preventing Call Backs
  • Cutting the Curves – Money Making Techniques
    • General Layout
    • Cutting the Components
    • Elliptical shapes that Solve Problems
  • Rafter Cutting – A Systems Approach
    • Plate layout
    • Roof calculations
    • Framing & Speed Square - Tips & Techniques
    • Efficient Cutting Stations

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If you’re looking towards building cutting edge enclosures or bring your crew up to speed on old and new flashing techniques, this clinic has something for you. We’ll walk through fundamentals of building science and what they mean in the real world, how to easily improve the performance of your remodeling projects client comfort and efficiency, then wrap up with a window install system that’s about as bomb proof as it gets. Stop in to see where industry leading techniques meet common sense. 

CLINIC #951

Presenter: Ben Bogie

Thursday, November 7

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Basics of Water Management

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Air Sealing Strategies for Remodelers

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Creating Highly Insulated Remodels

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | The Pinnacle of Waterproof Window Installation

 

Friday, November 8

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Basics of Water Management

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Air Sealing Strategies for Remodelers

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Best Practices and Principles of Effective Window Install

  • Basics of Water Management 
    • Critical Locations
    • Types of WRBs and proper Installation
    • Old school fundamentals
    • Modern Tapes, Gaskets, Sealants
    • Rain Screens and Drain Screens
  • Air Sealing Strategies for Remodelers
    • Why Air Sealing Matters
    • Critical Locations for improvement Many material options
    • Designing a project for success
  • Creating Highly Insulated Remodels
    • Why More Insulation is Better
    • Ways to supercharge Roofs, Ceilings and Cathedrals
    • Walls that are better then the rest
  • The Pinnacle of Waterproof Window Installation
    • The physics of performance
    • Keep water out even if it gets in
    • Tighter buildings means tighter tolerances
    • The hierarchy of sealing

Each year in our industry, millions of dollars are spent as a result of mistakes that are easily avoided. Have your crew spend some time in Pete’s clinics as he addresses critical details in Window, Door, and Siding.
From the apprentice to the seasoned installer, your team will learn to take a comprehensive view of the process that leads to a path of consistent quality of workmanship and avoid the expense of the most common exterior callback repairs!

CLINIC #233

Presenter: Peter Heard

Thursday, November 7

9:30 am – 10:30 am | An Introduction to Window Installation

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Advanced Window Installation

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Common Siding Failures and Solutions

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Exterior Door Installation

 

Friday, November 8

10:00 am – 11:00 am | Exterior Door Installation

12:30 pm – 1:30 pm | An Introduction to Window Installation

2:30 pm – 3:30 pm | Advanced Window Installation

  • Basics of Window Installation
    • Defeat the Elements when installing Flanged windows
    • Water, Air, and Vapor management in a Common Sense approach Understanding the problem areas leads to success in every install.
  • Advanced Window Installation
    • Identify the Most Common Failures in Flanged Window Installation
    • East vs West, Type A or B?
    • Identify three Approved methods of Window installation and How to decide which method suits your project.
  • Common Siding Failures and Solutions
    • Planning to prevent failure
    • Good reasons to use a rain screen
    • Detailing Roof to Wall Intersections
    • Critical Flashing Details
  • Basic Exterior Door Install
    • First Impressions count ! Make sure your Client has grand entry
    • Doors can be tricky - Preventing common problems
    • Proper Installation extends the life of a Door and gets you great referrals.

 

Our Trim Carpentry Clinic pro, Gary Striegler has over forty years of experience as a home builder and trim carpenter. Gary will cover a wide range of topics including; site-built cabinets, the fundamentals of mantel design, building code compliant mantels, code complaint staircases and building frames. Gary will pass along the knowledge you need to master the basics and achieve consistent results.

CLINIC #1105

Presenter: Gary Striegler

Thursday, November 7

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Success With Site Built Cabinets

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Be A Craftsman Not A Commodity

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Building Mantels That Make a Statement 

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Outstanding Stairs

 

Friday, November 8

9:45 am – 10:45 am | Traditional Trim Details From Scratch

12:15 pm – 1:15 pm | Success With Site Built Cabinets

2:00 pm – 3:00 pm | Outstanding Stairs

  • Success with Site Built Cabinets
    • Simple System for custom work
    • Walk through Process from Layout to Casework with tools you already own
    • You will leave with all the skills you need to build cabinet project that clients
      will brag about!
  • Be a Craftsman Not A Commodity
    • Mastering the basics: door hanging, trimming windows, installing base and crown molding
    • Tips and Tricks
  • Building Mantels that Make a Statement
    • How to build a code compliant mantel
    • Fundamentals of Mantel Design
    • Limited space and how to build mantels in tight spots
  • Outstanding Stairs
    • 5 Key things to build a Proper Staircase Balustrade
    • Code Compliant Staircase
    • How to determine Newel post location and height
    • Cutting and Assembling Hand Rail Fittings
    • Step by Step process for cutting balusters and installing the hand rail
  • Traditional Trim Details from Scratch
    • Consistent Results for Building Frames
    • How to Use a Store Pole to Avoid Mistakes in Layout
    • Efficiently Cutting and Fitting the Panel Molding
    • Demonstrating Methods on Cutting Molding and Fitting Joints with a Block Plane

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Make more money, save more time, and be in the outdoor design conversation with homeowners using these deck, fence, retaining wall and pergola building techniques and strategies. From production deck framing techniques to managing excavation dirt to built-up posts for unique design features these demos will dial in your deck building process. 

CLINIC #205

Presenter: Mark Clement

Thursday, November 7 

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Top-Down Deck Framing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Deck Framing Details

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Deck Design Details and Outdoor Structures for Carpenters

3:30 pm – 4:30 pm | Power Up Your Pergola

 

Friday, November 8

9:30 am – 10:30 am | Top-Down Deck Framing

11:30 am – 12:30 pm | Deck Framing Details

1:30 pm – 2:30 pm | Power Up Your Pergola

  • Top-Down Deck Framing
    • Build decks faster from footings to framing details
    • Use Post-Protector sleeves to bury posts and gobble up the excavation dirt
    • Use structural screws and coated screws for fast, fused connections
    • Understanding layout and pre-solving problems
  • Deck Framing Details
    • Set yourself up for success with simple, smart framing details
    • Proper hardware installation and fasteners
    • Speed and increase accuracy for setting chevron decking and plumb, rock-solid guard posts
    • Tips for working alone
  • Deck Design Details and Outdoor Structures for Carpenters
    • Using wood for design details and the customized solutions
    • This session goes beyond the basic landscaper and fence builder into fences, retaining walls, garden and deck structures only carpenters and those with an eye for proportion can deliver
    • If you think your trade skill and ability to close a miter is what'll serve your customers and build your business, you are half wrong
  • Power Up Your Pergola
    • Design and installation details for a wood-based pergola
    • The problem with pergolas is that there are no rules governing their construction--other than your sense of proportion and set-backs to the property line
    • Rules for Design and how to dig a proper post hole

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Thursday, November 7

Five Best Practices No Successful Remodeler Would Be Without

Presented by: Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development, Remodelers Advantage Inc.

In all industries, the most successful business owners follow certain best practices. These are a foundational element in delivering consistent, high-level results. In remodeling, these practices are found in the planning process, in efficient job production, in sales systems and in their hiring practices. In this session, Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development for Remodelers Advantage Inc., will share the best practices that a group of proven high performers identify as those they “can’t live without.”

Thursday, November 7, 10:00 a.m. – 11:00 a.m.


Identifying Problems Clients...Before the Contract is Signed!

Presented by: David Lupberger, Remodelers Force

Problem clients let us know who they are if we pay attention. In this session participants will learnhow to identify the early warning signs of problem clients when prospecting, how to take action toavert lawsuits and other serious problems, and ways to protect yourself on every job – including howto “fire a client”.

Thursday, November 7, 12:15 p.m. – 12:45 p.m.


Digital Content That Sells

Presented by: Jennifer Smiga and Julia Zapcic, ultraviolet agency

Unless you are getting all the new clients you can handle through word-of-mouth referrals, you knowyour business needs to look fresh and active on social media to attract that next job. Join us for thistalk and learn how companies are using social media to build interest and trust in their local markets.Social media is one of the most cost-efficient tools to build an audience and showcase your work.

Thursday, November 7, 1:00 p.m. – 1:30 p.m.


Strategic Planning by the Numbers

Presented by: Victoria Downing, President, Remodelers Advantage Inc.

Join Victoria Downing, president of Remodelers Advantage, as she shares three dynamite strategies to send your results soaring. As founder of the industry’s largest peer group for professional remodelers, Victoria interacts with hundreds of successful business owners each year, providing her with in-depth knowledge
of the business’ most critical best practices. At this session, you’ll learn what strategies other top remodelers are using to maximize company growth in revenue and, more importantly, profits!

Thursday, November 7, 1:45 p.m. - 2:45 p.m.


No More White Space: How to Get the Most Out of Your Calendar

Presented by: Shawn Van Dyke, Shawn Van Dyke Consulting. 

Time is your most valuable asset. Designing your ideal week through a method called “Block Scheduling” will enable you to lead your tea.m. more effectively and train those around you to bemore productive as well. In this rapid-fire session, you will learn how consolidate all the tasks youperform in any given week into blocks of focused time and finally master your schedule.

Thursday, November 7, 3:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m.


Friday, November 8

Five Best Practices No Successful Remodeler Would Be Without

Presented by: Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development, Remodelers Advantage Inc.

In all industries, the most successful business owners follow certain best practices. These are a foundational element in delivering consistent, high-level results. In remodeling, these practices are found in the planning process, in efficient job production, in sales systems and in their hiring practices. In this session, Steve Wheeler, Director of Business Development for Remodelers Advantage Inc., will share the best practices that a group of proven high performers identify as those they “can’t live without.”

Friday, November 8, 9:15 a.m. – 10:15 a.m.


Creating Clients for Life Through Process Building

Presented by: Ryan Biehl, Biehl Brothers Contracting LLC

Homeowners always have work that needs to be done on their home. Even in a down economy.The Home Asset Management Plan shows professionals how to build and optimize relationshipswith clients by offering an annual home evaluation. This annual evaluation identifies potentialproblem areas providing homeowners with findings, recommendations, and estimates to assist themin managing their largest asset. Work is identified and “booked” as much as 12 to 24 months inadvance.

Friday, November 8, 11:30 a.m. – 12:00 p.m.


How to Identify and Qualify Your Best Customers

Presented by: David Lupberger, Remodel Force 

You can’t spend time with unqualified customers, your time is too valuable! David will leadparticipants in discovering the 8-qualifying questions to as when interviewing potential customersand how to implement this sales process before every onsite visit. It is important to spend yourprofessional time with those customers who can afford your services – your business depends on it!

Friday, November 8, 12:30p.m. – 1:00 p.m.


Remodeling’s Most Common Problems and What to Do About Them

Presented by: Victoria Downing, President, Remodelers Advantage Inc. 

Join Remodelers Advantage’s Victoria Downing, president and Doug Howard, Director of Consulting, as they share their insights on the industry’s most common issues. Then, we’ll dive into solutions, drawing on the experiences of the audience as well as sharing the best from over 30 years of experience working with
Remodelers. 

Friday, November 8, 2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.