The Benefits of Joining Your Local Home Builders Association

by PROStar A.J. Crane of A. Crane Construction – Chicopee, MA

October 23, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

FastenMaster PROStar, A.J. Crane from A. Crane Construction explains the value of joining your local Home Builders Association. 

Transitioning from Carpenter to Business Person

by PROStar Brad Morse of Uncarved Block – Becket, MA

September 2, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

FastenMaster PROStar, Brad Morse of Uncarved Block discusses the challenge when transitioning from carpenter to business person.

Cutting a Traditional Pegged Mortise and Tenon Joint

by PROStar Brad Morse of Uncarved Block – Becket, MA

August 12, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

PROStar Brad Morse of Uncarved Block demonstrates how to cut a traditional pegged mortise and tenon joint.

An Outdated Facebook Page is Worse Than No Facebook Page

by Janet Blake, FastenMaster Communications

May 21, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

An outdated Facebook page is the online equivalent of driving to a brick and mortar business only to find an abandoned building with the windows boarded up.Hello? Is anyone there?

At some point you decided to create a Facebook page for your business but now it’s been months, maybe years since you’ve updated it. It’s just sitting out there in cyber space like an old abandoned building.

Here are my responses to commonly expressed reasons from pro contractors for not updating their Facebook page:

Is it time to take off the toolbelt in order to grow your business?

by PROStar Greg Dibernardo of Peachtree Decks & Porches, Alpharetta, GA

April 22, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

Here is our sixth PROStar PROTips video. Every PROTip video features a FastenMaster PROStar sharing business or construction tips for the deck building and remodeling community.

Tips for Growing Your Professional Contracting Business

by PROStar Pete Ciaraldi of Professional Building Services, Salem, NH

March 23, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

Here is our fifth PROStar PROTips video. Every PROTip video features a FastenMaster PROStar sharing business or construction tips for the deck building and remodeling community.

Is Craftsmanship Dead?

by Janet Blake, FastenMaster Communications Manager

February 23, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

Since we launched our Pride In Craftsmanship video series, I’ve thought a lot about what the word “craftsmanship” means to me, our professional contractor community and the customers they service. What is the definition of craftsmanship and does it still have meaning in what can be described as today’s “disposable world?”

The word “craftsmanship” evolved from the arts & crafts movement of the late 1800’s. This movement came about as a reaction to the industrial revolution that was viewed as the loss of hand skills in favor of mass production. It emphasized handwork and encouraged simplicity of form in architecture as well as many other arts.

David Pye, author of The Nature and Art of Workmanship wrote: If I must ascribe a meaning to the word craftsmanship, I shall say as a first approximation that it means simply workmanship using any kind of technique or apparatus, in which the quality of the result is not predetermined, but depends on the judgment, dexterity and care which the maker exercises as he works.

Deck Board Bending

by PROStar Jason Russell of Dr. Decks, Tacoma, WA

January 26, 2015 by Janet Blake (comments: 0)

Here is our fourth PROStar PROTips video. Every PROTip video features a FastenMaster PROStar sharing building tips for the deck building and remodeling community.

This month, Jason Russell of Dr. Decks, LLC demonstrates his innovative deck boarding bending technique for composite and PVC deck boards.