Executive Editor

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

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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.

March 26, 2019

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?

March 08, 2019

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.

February 26, 2019

The larger the management team, the more latency there is in the network. Success depends  on the people, the systems they use, and how often they use them.

January 30, 2019

It was too obvious to miss.

January 07, 2019

At the rate technology is changing, early adopters will succeed at the expense of remodelers who take a wait-and-see approach.

November 26, 2018

I was focused on my job, relying on remodeling pros to be focused on theirs. Maybe I got too much of a good thing.

October 23, 2018

Winemakers wait years for their creations to mature. Remodelers get more immediate feedback—every new project is like pulling the cork on a new vintage.

October 01, 2018

A written daily log of the who, what, and when of job progress is a good business-survival tool. Audio recordings are even better ... when they’re legal.

August 21, 2018

When more work becomes too much work, it often leads to less profit, not more

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