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I have been a part of over 200 new and existing home contruction projects including one of the largest homes in Wisconsin (The Wascher Mansion in Greenville, WI, 25,000 square feet), and over 40 commercial and industrial projects in Wisconsin, Illinois, and Minnesota.  During this time I have been fortunate enough to learn the science behind why we build the way we do and what not to do as well.   I have also inspected over 1,200 homes in Wisconsin as a licensed home inspector and worked with Wisconsin Focus on Energy to provide customers with rebates to help with the cost of performing energy saving projects.

I am currently a Wisconsin licensed contractor performing remodeling services for residential and commercial customers in Northeastern Wisconsin.  My focus remains on quality with an emphasis on enegy efficiency.

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  • Flat Roof Decks
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    Flat Roof Decks

    3 years ago

    Flat roofs with easy access are great for creating an outdoor living space. One issue that many people question me about is how to create a deck that is functional without compromising the waterproof roof surface. The...

  • What to Wear to Install Insulation
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    What to Wear to Install Insulation

    4 years ago

    Man in a protective suit Amazon Every type of construction project requires proper work wear in order to stay safe and prevent injury. While insulation work is typically not thought to be dangerous, there are certainly...

  • Plumbing 101:  Hot and Cold Water Lines Should Not Touch
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    Plumbing 101: Hot and Cold Water Lines Should Not Touch

    5 years ago

    Hot and cold PEX water lines ran through the same hole in a stud wall. This is not a typical installation as both pipes should have their own holes to pass through the framing. ARS Construction One of the big...

  • When Pipes Sweat:  Causes and Cures For Sweating Pipes
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    When Pipes Sweat: Causes and Cures For Sweating Pipes

    5 years ago

    The PEX tubing and brass ball valve are sweating substantially in a basement that the building owner wants to finish but can not until this issue is corrected. ARS Construction In hot summer months, it is not uncommon...

  • Old Stone Foundations
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    Old Stone Foundations

    5 years ago

    The Illustrated Home Your house is old, over 80 years. Back then they built things a bit differently. If your foundation is stones, you should know what to expect as a homeowner, because what is normal now was not...

  • Leaking Stone Wall Foundation?  Stop The Water and Finish The Basement
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    Leaking Stone Wall Foundation? Stop The Water and Finish The Basement

    3 years ago

    Stone foundation wall covered with closed cell spray foam insulation Older homes with stone foundations are still prevalent in homes today. Unfortunately, many people are afraid to use their basement because of the...

  • Connecting Stranded Wire To An Outlet
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    Connecting Stranded Wire To An Outlet

    5 years ago

    Electrical wiring needs to be performed with care. Most of the standard outlets and light switched present in homes is 110 to 120 volts, making shocks uncomfortable, but not deadly. Still, there is specific...

  • Converting From Oil to Electric Heat
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    Converting From Oil to Electric Heat

    3 years ago

    Oil Furnace Skill Moderate Things You'll Need Channel locks 5 gallon buckets Screw driver Furniture dolly Converting from one heat source to another can be a daunting process. With all of...

  • How Long Will My Central Air Conditioner Last?
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    How Long Will My Central Air Conditioner Last?

    6 years ago

     A central air conditioning system is a very complicated animal.  It uses the heat from outside when it is warm to actually cool your home.  This entire process is illustrated below.  Most people do...

  • Building Paper vs. House Wrap- Which One is Better?
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    Building Paper vs. House Wrap- Which One is Better?

    6 years ago

    There has been a debate about this for as long as I can remember. What product works better? Good old fashioned tar paper or house wrap materials like Tyvek produced by DuPont? Well that depends. House Wrap The most...

  • How do I Insulate That Attic Closet Area?
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    How do I Insulate That Attic Closet Area?

    6 years ago

    As with most home improvement projects, there are two ways to properly insulate a attic storage space like this.  These areas are calling knee walls, because the walls of about 1/3 of their normal height.  I...

  • Insulating Mansard and Gambrel Roofs
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    Insulating Mansard and Gambrel Roofs

    6 years ago

    Mansard and gambrel style roofs have always been hard to insulate. The illustration to the right shows the proper insulation of this style of roof. But what materials should be used to save energy on this type of house?...

  • Insulating A Flat Roof
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    Insulating A Flat Roof

    3 years ago

    Flat roofs have been a daunting task for contractors and homeowners alike since they were invented. They are hard to waterproof, hard to maintain, and hard to insulate. For today's purposes, we will stick with the...

  • Insulating Duct Work With Spray Foam Insulation
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    Insulating Duct Work With Spray Foam Insulation

    3 years ago

    Uninsulated ductwork in an unconditioned crawlspace lacks efficiency. ARS Many people spend a great deal of money buying new furnaces and new air conditioners that have 98% efficiency ratings. That is great! I am a big...

  • Does Foam Board Insulation Under Siding Help Save Energy?
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    Does Foam Board Insulation Under Siding Help Save Energy?

    3 years ago

    Many people install vinyl siding or concrete board sding to improve the look and value of their home. With budgets tighter than ever now, contractors and do-it-youselfers are tearing off the original siding, and...

  • Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Really that Good?
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    Spray Foam Insulation - Is it Really that Good?

    3 years ago

    Spray foam insulation has become one of the hottest insulation products on the market since the late 1990's. Although this spray application has existed since the 70's, it was not as popular because of the large amounts...

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