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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.    

Location: BOOTH 651

  • 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.

Location: BOOTH 249

  • Picture-Perfect Baluster Layout
    • Simple layout jig for no-measure automatic baluster spacing
    • Guardrail infill requirements
  • Rock-Solid 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!

Location: BOOTH 1147

  • 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. 

Location: BOOTH 951

  • 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 lost as a result of common mistakes that are often easily avoidable. Spend some time in Pete’s clinics as he addresses critical details in Window, Door, and Siding
installation that can make a difference in your job. The apprentice and seasoned contractor alike will learn to take a comprehensive view of these processes which leads to a path of uncommon quality of workmanship instead of the common failures often seen on today’s job sites.

Location: BOOTH 233

  • Use Common Sense to Avoid Common Failures
    • Basic Flanged Window Installation for Beginners
    • Manage Water, Air, and Vapor with One Process the Works for Every time!
  • Advanced Window Installation
    • Common Failures in Flanged Window Installation and Their Solutions
    • East vs West, Type A or B?
    • Forget It! Three Approved Methods of Installation With Subtle Differences Let You Decide and Give You Peace of Mind As An Installer
  • Common Siding Failures and Solutions
    • Processes to Implement at Installation to Address Problems Down the Road
    • Rain Screen Assembly
    • Roof to Wall Intersections
    • Flashing Details
  • Common Failures In Exterior Door Installation and Their Solutions
    • Basic Exterior Door Install With Techniques to Minimize Wear and Tear to One Of the Most Used Elements of the Home


Our Trim Carpentry Clinic pro, Gary Striegler has over forty years of experience as a home builder
and as a trim carpenter.  Gary will give you all the knowledge you need and you will leave knowing how to do the following: simple success with site built cabinets, mastering the basics, how to build a code compliant mantle, fundamentals of mantel design, code compliant staircase, and consistent results for building frames are just a few you will master.  

Location: BOOTH 1105

  • 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. 

Location: BOOTH 205

  • 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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