With the housing market in a protracted slump, it’s a good time to remember this: Fortunes are made during recessions.

To that end, experts recommend doing a few things to prepare for the turnaround. The list includes investing in training and doing in-depth research, and the International Builders’ Show is a good place to start.

The following pages highlight products that may help you in your quest to work faster and smarter, such as easier to use Strong Drive screws and the Radiant Ready 30E mechanical room that comes in a pre-assembled, easy-to-install panel.

No one knows for sure how long the recession will last, but there’s no time like the present for sharpening your knowledge and skills.