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Matt Risinger

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

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

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

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

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All Blogs

  • What Possessions Can Be Saved?

    Often the most important things flood victims want or need to save are the toughest to salvage such as paper documents, old photos, and other media.

     
  • Hidden Doors and Secret Rooms

    My team completed this remodel of a 1930's house this past year and it had several fun hidden doors inside.

     
  • Builders Blitz '13

    My local builders association teamed up with Habitat for Humanity of Cape Cod to build one house in one week, an ambitious goal for any group. I was initially interested in swinging a hammer with the team, but they quickly recruited me to photograph the process.

     
  • Maintain your Tankless Water Heater, or ELSE!

    If you have hard water and use a tankless water heater, sooner or later you will need to flush your unit.

     
  • OSB vs Plywood Sheating

    Have you ever seen a house that was framed with Thermoply sheathing?

     
  • HVAC Systems

    A 20 minute version of my HVAC presentation to the AIA Austin Chapter in August 2013.

     
  • Sanitizing and Drying Out

    After removing the water and wet building materials from a flooded structure, the next crucial step is to clean and sanitize the building as needed and to thoroughly dry both living and storage spaces.

     
  • Bringing Vocational Education Back to the Classroom

    Like a breath of fresh air, Fresno county's superintendent says it's time to recognize the value and professionalism of people who work with their hands.

     
  • Insulation Code Change

    How the new insulation codes affect a house using spray foam

     
  • On Site with Habitat for Humanity

    To gain access to a flooded basement site buzzing with clean up activity, I tagged along with the local Flatirons chapter of Habitat for Humanity.

     
  • Pumping and Mucking Out

    After you can gain safe re-entry to a salvageable building damaged in a flood disaster, the first step is to evacuate the water and remove the soggy debris.

     
  • Stick-on stone worse than EIFS?

    The wall failures associated with adhered concrete masonry veneer (ACMV) are mounting and could dwarf the problems once associated with synthetic stucco.

     
  • Flooded Boulder Creek

    Pictures and videos of Boulder Creek raging through dowtown Boulder CO on the first day of the September 2013 flood

     
  • One Week Later

    Boulder and 16 other counties in Colorado are still reeling from the disastrous floods that tore through the state during the last week.

     
 
 
 
 
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