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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 Painting Like Leftovers in the Fridge?

    Blogger Scott Burt opines about the some of the challenges facing painters and all contractors in today's changing market.

     
  • Stucco Parapet Caps - Best Practice

    In general, you are always better to cap your parapet walls with metal rather than stucco'ing over them. But, what if your client or doesn't want that look?

     
  • Massive Stucco Failure - Lessons Learned

    I was driving by this restaurant remodel the other day and slammed on my brakes!

     
  • Settling With All the Right Parties

    If you have to settle out of court, be sure you cover all your bases.

     
  • Blasting Holes in Houses

    It's not as fun as a beer cannon, but it might lead to more tornado-resistant homes.

     
  • What Happens When You Ignore Construction Defects?

    Contractors who discover construction defects or mistakes in their work face two challenges: ignore them and risk liability, or fix the problems and risk destroying evidence.

     
  • RedBuilt Metal & Wood Composite Floor Truss Review

    These trusses have enabled some really cool architectural features.

     
  • Mixed Reality: The Future of Building Design?

    Is augmented reality just a smart-phone party trick or could it be solace for an increasingly populated planet?

     
  • The "Perfect Wall" Concept

    What if I told you I could build a house that would have a life cycle of 500 years?

     
  • 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.

     
 
 
 
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