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.  

Toolpig, Paul Sprague will be will be our lead at the Tool Zone.  Paul has thirty years of experience in the building trades and working with all types of power tools.   A few things Paul will discuss will include how to save time and money by going cordless at your jobsite, dust extraction for tools, restoration work, and how to work clean and get paid for it. No hassle with Cords.  No Generators. No power no problem!   

Location: BOOTH 661

More details coming soon!

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 257

  • 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. 

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 1157

  • 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

Details coming soon! 

Location: BOOTH 847

Details coming soon! 

Location: BOOTH 228

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

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 Spax structural screws and HCRx 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