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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...

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...

Alexander Barthet

Alexander Barthet is a well-known Florida attorney who serves as litigation counsel to...

 
 
 

Shawn McCadden

Shawn McCadden speaks at industry events and consults with remodelers about owner...

 

All Blogs

  • Is Tyvek worth the Price?

    With housewrap, you often get what you pay for

     
  • Redwood Deck Restoration in 4 Not so Simple Steps

    Bringing a 10-year-old redwood deck back to health requires more than a quick scrub and a coat of stain.

     
  • Mapping Green Space

    The EPA's EnviroAtlas provides a one-stop reference for identifying everything from population density and rainfall to "impaired waterways" and acid-rain concentrations.

     
  • Printing Houses

    Printing a house, I wonder what the local code official and the historical commission would have to say about THAT!

     
  • Spotlight on Wood Countertop Refinishing

    We recently tackled an oak countertop refinishing project in the pantry of a client's home. This tends to be very dry wood, so when it checks, it can get big in a hurry.

     
  • Save the Trades

    Ottawa, Illinois high-school students shine in national spotlight for protesting the cut of building trades training.

     
  • 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.

     
  • Paint Emergency: Water Damage Repair

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

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
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