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  • Interview: Restoring Trust

    The projects that D.P. Thomas Construction complete each year on or near the water around Wrightsville Beach, N.C., range in cost from $150K to well past the million-dollar mark. What owner Dave Thomas started as a small remodeling firm in the 1970s has grown to become a local authority on the...

  • Business

    No more free estimates; credit cards vs. debit cards

  • Stained Plaster Repair

    Q: What's the best way to remove a water stain from a sand-finish plaster ceiling? The plaster was applied over electric radiant-heating cable stapled to Gypboard backing, with a sand finish that won't tolerate any rubbing. Could we use a tinted wash that

  • Help Your Remodeling Customers Find Financing

    The remodeling business is largely a service business: The companies that give customers the best service tend to get the best referrals. But to deliver truly superlative service, you've got to have all the cards — and in today's competitive market your trump card may be the ability to arrange...

  • In the News

    Builders weather economic downturn; DeWalt circ-saw recall; more

  • In the News

    Small builders join forces; California bill slashes lead in plumbing; more

  • Electrical Problem-Solvers

    When it comes to wiring, these tools and products can save you time and money

  • Letters

    Legal debate; quality-control checklist; call for advice; woodpecker problems; more

  • Nothing Easy About Rebuilding New Orleans

    Robert Greer has been through more than a year of frustration, and it’s not over yet.

  • Pricing Handyman Work

    It may surprise you to find out that you're not in business to exercise your skill as a craftsman, to get a sense of pride from a job well-done, or to enjoy a sense of freedom by being your own boss. As good as those benefits are, they're by-products, not the purpose itself.