Sal Alfano is executive editor for Professional Remodeler. firstname.lastname@example.org, 202.365.9070
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Growth in volume measures growth in transactions, but no one goes into business just to maximize transactions
The trick is to drill a tiny exploratory hole with a locator bit made from a piece of piano wire
When we learn from our mistakes, we avoid making the same mistake twice. When we learn from the mistakes of others, we avoid making a mistake in the first place.
A tile setter shares a 40-year-old secret to tooling perfect joints every time
To price a painting by the square foot reduces an act of imagination and skill to paint-by-numbers. Take-it-or-leave-it pricing does the same for remodeling.
Unit pricing is an invaluable tool for fast, accurate estimating. But counting units is not the same as estimating. Make sure your estimator knows the difference.
The contract of the future could be a blockchain-verified digital document with embedded, executable code
A 5% discount couldn’t hurt that much, could it?
A pre-construction smoke-test will produce air leaks you (and your clients) can see
Every client’s experience with a newly renovated space asks a question about how well reality measures up to imagination
The trick is to use narrow strips of membrane and a triangular stick
Did the homeowners insist on their misguided vision, or were the remodelers simply clueless to the harm they were inflicting?
Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers
Tips for making a perfect joint where wood meets brick or other irregular surfaces
It’s easier to prevent something from happening than it is to repair the damage after the fact
Built-up deck beams create seams that collect water and inhibit drying. Using spacers between 2-bys creates an airspace that promotes drainage and speeds drying.
If your estimates are accurate, but you’re still losing money, it could be a miscalculated markup. Here’s how to correct your mistake.
When most people call, it’s to talk with a person. Why, then, do automated phone menus offer every option under the sun except that one?
There’s more than one way to calculate quantities for curved slabs and tube forms. We review the standard math, add a shortcut, and throw in a cheat sheet for good measure.