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Michael Chotiner

With a background as a cabinetmaker and general contractor, Michael Chotiner is a home improvement and building products expert. His work appears in BUILDER, REMODELINGand THE JOURNAL OF LIGHT CONSTRUCTION, among other publications.                               

Michael Chotiner's Posts

Better Results With Vinyl Better Results With Vinyl

A guide to best practices for product selection, installation, and repair of vinyl siding. How to identify better-quality products, and minimize problems by using sound installation and repair techniques. Read more

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Beating the Principle of Accumulated Error Beating the Principle of Accumulated Error

It wasn't surprising that accumulated errors had added up to make the assembled cabinet unit too big to fit. Read more

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Whatever Happened to 30# Felt? Whatever Happened to 30# Felt?

Asphalt-impregnated felt — aka tar paper — enjoyed a 100-year run as the preeminent roofing and siding underlayment. Read more

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Do Synthetic Underlayments Make for Better Roofs? Do Synthetic Underlayments Make for Better Roofs?

While some old pros are sticking with organic felts because they're low-priced and breathable, many are moving to synthetics for greater flexibility Read more

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Building and Repairing Decks: What Pros Think About

A rash of catastrophic collapses around the nation is driving new deck design and code standards. Builders who keep up and know how to fix what's wrong with America's aging decks will prosper. Read more

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