My company specializes in remodeling kitchens and bathrooms. When homeowners remodel in stages over the years, these are the big, expensive projects that often get saved until last, so we spend a lot of time working in the middle of beautifully finished homes. To best cope with this, we use a systematic yet simple approach to job-site protection that relies on hardboard, sill seal, dimensional lumber, plastic sheeting, and other inexpensive, readily available materials. For some key applications, we also use a few proprietary products.

We usually spend a full day doing prep work before demolition begins. This is time well spent, because once it's complete, we and our subs can focus on the job instead of worrying about damaging our surroundings. Just as important, it shows the clients that we care about their home: I've learned the hard way that if a client sees you working...

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