Unveiling the Potential: Stucco as a Viable Option for Metal Structures

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 11, 2023 9:53:30 AM

Metal structures are becoming more and more popular for a variety of reasons—and that is leading to builders looking for innovative ways to create distinctive new looks that differ from the usual look and feel of sheet metal siding.

So, what about stucco? Is it possible to install stucco on a metal structure? The short answer is that yes, it is possible—and we’ll show you how it can be done. Along the way, we’re also going to show you the ET&F® (a Beck brand) STUCCOFAST® Model 500MA System, which is a fantastic tool and fastener system designed to help you install stucco substrates quickly and easily.


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Topics: Steel Studs, Tools, metal studs, Metal Siding, ET&F, sheet metal, power tools, Eco-Friendly Construction, remodel, concrete pins, metal structures, stucco, stuccofast model 500MA




Keep Your Construction Crew Busy This Winter

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Dec 2, 2023 7:15:00 AM

Winter is a time when many construction companies see a drop in consumer demand and a corresponding drop in revenue. While this can be a difficult time for some construction companies, there are things you can do to protect your business and keep your crew busy. Making the most of your winter months can help stabilize revenue and keep profits coming in.

Subfloor repair is a popular project to perform in winter. The SCRAIL® SUBLOC® PRO system from BECK can help keep your crew successfully working on subflooring. The system uses fasteners with specialized double threads for squeakless subfloors that helps keep screws in place. But before we explore subflooring further, let's delve into other options to make the most of your winter construction efforts and keep your business thriving. 


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Topics: Pneumatic Nailers, pneumatic staplers, Subloc Pro, Scrail Fasteners, Nailers, subfloors, fasteners, Tools, pneumatic tools, coil nailer, scrail, power tools, traditional tool, flooring, pneumatic system




Holiday Gift Help: Pneumatic Tools Are Terrific!

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 25, 2023 7:15:00 AM

When it comes to fasteners, there are two ways to apply them: With traditional tools (like hammers, screwdrivers, and drills) or with pneumatic tools. Pneumatic tools might seem like a hefty upfront investment since you need both an air compressor and the tool system, but the truth is, that investment rapidly pays for itself in the form of labor savings.

Contractors using pneumatic tools can knock hours off the job with pneumatic fastener systems—and that leads to less money spent on labor, and maybe even savings that you can pass on to your clients.

The advantages are clear—but which fastener system should you get? Whether you’re treating yourself or shopping for a great gift for your favorite contractor, read below for a selection of innovative tools and systems from BECK.


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Topics: Pneumatic Nailers, pneumatic staplers, Nailers, fasteners, Tools, pneumatic tools, lignoloc, ET&F, FasCoat, scrail, power tools, traditional tool, pneumatic system, gift guide, fasco




The Proper Prep for Mass Timber Construction Success

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 18, 2023 7:15:00 AM

Are you a builder gearing up for your next big project? If you're considering mass timber construction, you're already on the right track. Mass timber is gaining popularity in the construction industry for good reason. It's not only sustainable and eco-friendly but also offers numerous benefits in terms of speed, aesthetics, and structural performance. To ensure your mass timber building project goes off without a hitch, let's explore some essential steps to set you up for success.

While we’re at it, we’re also going to explore the patented LignoLoc® Wooden Nail System from BECK, which you can rely on as a sustainable way to fasten and secure mass timber building components.


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Topics: fasteners, lignoloc, Wooden Nails, mass timber construction, outdoor construction, fastening system, wooden nail system, beechwood, cross-laminated timber panels




Fall Deck Building on a Budget

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 11, 2023 8:00:00 AM

When homeowners dream of having a new deck but find themselves facing financial constraints, contractors need to offer solutions that align with their aspirations. Building a deck becomes a sought-after project and tackling it during the fall season is appealing due to several practical benefits.


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Topics: Deck Fasteners, Deck, fasteners, outdoor construction, fastening system, decking, spitless decking scrail, decking system




Mastering the Craft: Essential Dos and Don’ts for Installing a Slate Roof

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Nov 4, 2023 7:15:00 AM

In the world of roofing material, slate is among the longest-lasting and the most durable. It's so long-lasting that some slate roofs from the 1800s are still in use today. This longevity and durability mean that slate is a very different roofing material than other types of roofing material commonly used today. Slate roofs have unique considerations that affect the installation process. If you're a contractor responsible for installing slate roofs on residences or commercial buildings, these do's and don'ts can help you find success.

Of course, working with the right tools makes all the difference. The FASCO® (a BECK member) F24 Slate Hook System is designed for slate roof installation. The system includes the Slate Hook tool for some of the fastest and most efficient slate shingle installations in the world. The FASCO® F24 Slate Hook System can be operated with just one hand, so it's perfect when working on steeply pitched roofs.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, building, fasteners, Tools, Roofing, Slate Roofing, construction site, outdoor construction, power tools, fastening system, commercial building, construction, nail system, sheathing




Pro Tips for Fastening to Steel and Concrete

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 28, 2023 7:00:00 AM

Some jobs are harder than others, and as a builder, you probably have a few jobs on your list of least favorite things to do. For many builders, those least favorite jobs include driving fasteners into steel and concrete. When you’re working with wood, drywall, or other, softer materials, you can leverage nail guns to make it quick and easy to drive fasteners. Where steel and concrete are concerned, however, it often requires a lot of time and hard work.

Below, we’ll explore the difficulties you’ll face when using traditional fasteners with these materials. We’re also going to show you a better way to fasten to steel and concrete: The ET&F® (a BECK member) Model 710 fastening system, which is designed for steel and concrete—and offers the same ease of use that you’d get from a nail gun.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, building, fasteners, Tools, ET&F, steel framing, construction site, outdoor construction, power tools, fastening system, commercial building, construction, concrete, trimfast, nail system, nails, steel construction, concrete pins




Reasons Why Buildings Fall Apart

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 21, 2023 7:15:00 AM

Buildings are designed to stand the test of time, but sometimes, they face challenges from natural forces or structural defects. Understanding the factors that can lead to a building's deterioration is crucial for ensuring the success of your construction projects.

To enhance the durability and stability of your structures, consider the advantages of BECK’s patented diamond-coated fasteners. This innovative diamond coating technology is expertly applied to a range of products, including BECK’s SCRAIL® SUBLOC® PRO and JUMBO strip nails. This coating significantly reduces friction between the fastener and the wood structure, resulting in a stronger grip on the material and fewer fibers being damaged.

Curious about the underlying causes of building failures? Keep reading to discover more.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners, building, fasteners, Tools, construction site, outdoor construction, power tools, nail screws, commercial building, construction, sustainability, diamond coated, nail system, nails, sustainable building, structural integrity




The Importance of Using Recyclable Building Materials

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 14, 2023 7:15:00 AM

More and more, people are turning toward sustainable building methods—and it’s not just within the homebuilding industry. Commercial and industrial construction clients are also looking for ways to create more sustainable buildings.

And one of the best ways to do that? It’s through recyclable materials.

In many instances, builders are searching out materials that they can recycle directly into new builds—like timber, for example. For other types of materials, people are choosing options that, while you may not be able to directly recycle them at the end of their useful life, they can be recycled at the industrial level. Metals and concrete are examples of this type of recycling.

Fasteners are included in the push to use recyclable materials—and that’s what makes SCRAIL® nail screw fasteners, developed by BECK, a great choice for sustainable, recyclable builds. In this post, we’re going to show you the importance of recyclable materials, and we’ll show you how SCRAIL® fits into a recyclable building plan.


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Topics: Construction Fasteners, Scrail Fasteners, building, fasteners, Tools, construction site, outdoor construction, power tools, nail screws, commercial building, construction, sustainability, nail system, nails, sustainable building, structural integrity




Sustainable Woods for Construction: An Overview

Posted by Brett McCutcheon on Oct 7, 2023 7:15:00 AM

Sustainability has become very important to consumers and contractors in the last several years. At the same time, what is involved in sustainable material selection is far more complicated than most people realize. There is not one set of standards that determines what is and isn't sustainable, and when it comes to sustainable woods, determining what woods are sustainable can be challenging. Knowing what to consider when trying to choose sustainable wood is important.

Contractors who prioritize sustainability also use the patented LignoLoc® Wooden Nail System made by BECK, the first collated nail made of wood, as well as Cross-Laminated Timber Panels. These panels offer a beautiful and functional solution for building projects and come in various types, including beerier wall panels, non-load-loading wall panels (dividers), and LCLT wall systems (LignoLoc® Cross Laminated Timber panels) which are CLT panels mechanically fastened using LignoLoc® wood nails and no glue. Discovering the innovative applications of sustainable woods like these can lead to a deeper understanding of their benefits and possibilities in construction.


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Topics: building, fasteners, Tools, lignoloc, construction site, outdoor construction, power tools, nail screws, construction, sustainability, wooden nail system, nail system, nails, clt panels, sustainable building, cross-laminated timber panels





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