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Sal Alfano is executive editor for Professional, 202.365.9070

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October 21, 2020

Create a drainage plane and rebuild with water-tolerant materials

August 13, 2020

This site-built lever solves the problem of safely lifting and supporting a heavy load while working solo.  ​​​​

January 30, 2020

A good building envelope begins with foundation details that keep water out, and air and heat in

January 07, 2020

For long-lasting results, reattach loose lath and plaster surrounding the patch

December 23, 2019

Autonomous vehicles are already on our roads, but your company will never run itself

December 04, 2019

You bet they are. In fact, you can borrow to pay in time to get the discount and still come out ahead.

December 03, 2019

Goodbye bull-and-jam demo. Magnets and drills are cleaner—and ultimately faster—than sledgehammers.

November 29, 2019

The Model ReModel projects are all but complete 

November 21, 2019

You probably get work from past customers and referrals without really trying. Imagine what might happen if you leaned into it.

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?

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