Glenn Mathewson

"Nothing is an island." I often use this phrase when I'm teaching or administering the building codes. Whether you're building a deck, remodeling a kitchen, or just replacing asphalt shingles, every system in a structure is connected to something else. Successful contractors must be aware not only of the building phases that they control, but also of all aspects of a building that could be affected by the work they do.

Recently I was called in to inspect a roof-shingle replacement job that had inadvertently and adversely affected the health of the family living below. A neighborhood in my jurisdiction had gotten hit with a severe hail storm; so severe, in fact, that nearly all the houses in that neighborhood needed to have their roofing replaced. To satisfy...

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