Q: I have to build a framed chase for a gas fireplace's 6-inch vent pipe. What's the best way to finish the top of the chase? I had planned to use a metal cap, but I've noticed that a lot of these caps tend to be rusted.
In the two decades since Patty McDaniel founded Boardwalk Builders in Rehoboth Beach, Del., she’s watched her remodeling business evolve from a small partnership to an award-winning enterprise with $2.8 million in sales and 17 regular employees. McDaniel discusses how the industry has changed, building-code revisions, and what’s important for contractors who want to take their businesses to the next level.