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Guest Bloggers

Matt Risinger

Risinger Homes is a custom builder and whole house remodeling contractor that...

Michael Springer

Michael Springer is a high-end remodeler from the Boulder area, and regular...

Scott Burt

Scott Burt owns Topcoat Finishes, a high end residential paint company in Jericho, VT...

 
 
 

JLC Staff

Roe Osborn

Roe Osborn has worked in home building related fields since 1980, and became a Senior...

Sal Alfano

Sal Alfano serves as editor of JLC and editorial director of Hanley Wood's Residential...

Clayton DeKorne

Clayton DeKorne is the founding editor of Tools of the Trade and Coastal Contractor...

 
 
 

All Blogs

  • Opening Day Quandary

    For many folks who live out here, showering outdoors is a cherished experience from Spring until the first hard freeze, and I have literally been counting the days up to today.

     
  • Simple Recessed Medicine Cabinet Details

    None of these details are super tricky but they require a good team of craftsman to ensure this simple detail doesn't look sloppy when it's completed.

     
  • Fleeing from Fire

    It's the stuff movies are are made of:  With only seconds to spare, a firefighter reaches project foreman Curtis Reissig, before a section of a blazing building collapses.

     
  • Have Strict Building Codes Saved Chile?

    Strict building codes and the preparedness of millions of Chileans have been credited with the low death toll after an 8.2-magnitude earthquake rumbled off the coast of northern Chile this week.

     
  • Renting the Sun

    For a very minimal down payment, I will have a low fixed price per kWh for the next 20 years—basically renting the sun.

     
  • Warming up to Energy-Efficient Building

    Savvy builders embrace the changes that will make their houses perform better and be more durable.

     
  • A Tale of Two Hazards

    There are no clear policies for the two biggest IAQ hazards - carbon monoxide and radon.

     
  • Gray Water's Time in the Sun

    As the California drought grinds on, renewed interest in using grey water heats up.

     
  • Slow Progress on HVAC Efficiency Standards

    Why are we still living with the same AFUE and SEER ratings we've had since the 80s? HVACR distributors and natural gas lobbyists have been worried about the fall out.

     
  • Paint Emergency: Water Damage Repair

    Without doubt, water damage repair of ceilings are the most popular paint emergency call we receive at Topcoat.

     
  • 'Roofmelt' is Not an Answer

    We know that, right? It's frightening anyone would say that calcium chloride tablets will solve ice dam problems.

     
  • Temporary Construction Power Box - Build your own!

    If you build or remodel homes for a living you've definitely encountered times when the crews didn't have enough power. Here's how we bring a portable power panel to our jobs to get everyone connected.

     
  • Sole Survivor. What's on Your Feet?

    Do you prefer sneakers or tennis shoes for lightness and agility on the jobsite? You might want to think twice about what you wear on your feet.

     
  • Take the Misery out of Drywall Sanding

    Sometimes evolution is slow, but right at the end takes a big leap. Drywall sanding is one of those fortunate beneficiaries of the "finally!" phenomenon.

     
  • What Is A Good Window for Texas? (and the South)

    Windows are typically 1/5 or even 1/10 the insulation value of your walls/roof so even minute differences in window grade can make a large long-term impact to your energy usage.

     
  • Can Your Homes Survive a Fire Storm?

    Some might call it an apocalypse, but engineers call it an "ember storm" - fire testing for real-world conditions.

     
  • Delta Vent SA Review

    This breathable peel & stick membrane serves as a weather & air barrier all in one.

     
  • Staying Warm on the Job

    In my fifteen years as a carpenter, I know that I struggled to keep myself warm working outside in the cold weather.

     
  • Photography Tip - Zoom Bracketing

    In photography, "Bracketing" is taking a series of the same picture, but changing some aspect of the photo such as exposure, or the zoom angle of the lens as you progress through.

     
  • Creativity - Maybe the Most Valuable Tool you Own!

    Letting creativity play an active role in your life will only enhance your ability to think creatively in your everyday work.

     
 
 
 
 
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