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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

  • Bona Mega Satin Review - Pecan Floor

    I've used alot of waterborne floor finishes over the years but my favorites are the ones made by BONA.

  • Tight House Construction - Sealing Exterior Sheathing Seams

    In my quest to build ever tighter houses I've decided that my goal is for every house I build to get as close to 1ACH50 as possible. To reach that goal, I've decided to take a page from the PassiveHouse playbook and tape my exterior sheathing seams.

  • Hand Tools that Broke

    Tools that stop working are the most costly tools to have around.

  • What is Air Assisted Spraying?

    Most painters come from an airless spraying background, which is geared for production and not so much for the delicacy of finer finishes and transfer efficiency.

  • Cheap Trick - Recessed Dryer Box Review Model 425

    If you've ever installed a Clothes Dryer you know that the vent at the back is in jeopardy of being pinched off the second you push the unit back into place.

  • Craftsmanship of Concrete - Board Formed Walls

    the house we are building has alot of board formed concrete walls. I thought I'd shoot a video showing the craftsmanship that goes into these exposed architectural walls.

  • Guidelines for Health, Safety, and Clean Up after a Flood Disaster

    There are many detailed sources of information available online from government and non-profit agencies on how to survive and then deal with the aftermath of natural or manmade disasters.

  • Psychology of HVLP

    Here are some reflections on why you should consider HVLP.

  • Wood Finishing Tips from the Topcoat Woodsnobs

    Most painters are much more comfortable and competent in paint grade work than they are in high level clear work.

  • Painting Tips: Prep and Apply Benjamin Moore Arborcoat Stain

    A Prep to Finish demonstration of an Arborcoat application on exterior cedar overhead doors

  • Prep to Finish Student Workshop: Spray & Backroll Finish

    Students are taught ceiling spray/backroll methods using air assisted airless spray technology, HVLP rated guns, and 18" roller gear.

  • Unexpected Flood Debris

    A surprising amount of waste created in our recent flooding were natural materials that flowed in from the surrounding environment.

  • Hauling and Disposing of Flood Debris

    Warm weather and wet conditions made every pile of trash a moldy health risk that had to be taken care of as quickly as possible. The city and county governmenst stepped in to provide extra resources to help clean up the area.

  • 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.

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