Executive Editor

Sal Alfano is executive editor for Professional Remodelersalfano@sgcmail.com, 202.365.9070

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October 24, 2019

Trowel-on flashing is a good solution for fat-wall openings into which windows are partly or fully recessed

October 24, 2019

This retirement home packs a lot of quality construction into a small space

October 18, 2019

Growth in volume measures growth in transactions, but no one goes into business just to maximize transactions 

October 02, 2019

The trick is to drill a tiny exploratory hole with a locator bit made from a piece of piano wire

September 24, 2019

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.

September 05, 2019

A tile setter shares a 40-year-old secret to tooling perfect joints every time

August 19, 2019

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.

July 25, 2019

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.

July 22, 2019

The contract of the future could be a blockchain-verified digital document with embedded, executable code 

July 02, 2019

A 5% discount couldn’t hurt that much, could it?

July 01, 2019

A pre-construction smoke-test will produce air leaks you (and your clients) can see

June 21, 2019

Every client’s experience with a newly renovated space asks a question about how well reality measures up to imagination

May 28, 2019

The trick is to use narrow strips of membrane and a triangular stick

May 16, 2019

Did the homeowners insist on their misguided vision, or were the remodelers simply clueless to the harm they were inflicting?

May 01, 2019

Three carpenters come clean about their injuries from using “bump nailers”—nail guns with contact triggers

April 30, 2019

Tips for making a perfect joint where wood meets brick or other irregular surfaces

April 22, 2019

It’s easier to prevent something from happening than it is to repair the damage after the fact

April 02, 2019

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.

March 29, 2019

If your estimates are accurate, but you’re still losing money, it could be a miscalculated markup. Here’s how to correct your mistake.

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