What is a Pork Chop?

When it comes to home renovation, one potentially confusing term that you may come across when discussing the exterior trim on your home is a “pork chop.” What exactly is a pork chop as it relates to the trim on the outside of a home? In short, a pork chop refers to a type of […]


Softwashing is a cleaning technique used to remove dirt, grime, algae, and other debris from the exterior of a home or building. It’s a gentler alternative to pressure washing that uses low pressure and special cleaning solutions to clean and sanitize surfaces. Softwashing can be a useful tool for homeowners or contractors looking to maintain […]

Trapping Mildew Between Product Coatings

There is a scene in the classic original ‘The Karate Kid’ (1984) movie where Daniel (Ralph Macchio) is being coached by Mr. Miyagi (Pat Morita) through an exercise which Daniel believes is pointless at the time. Daniel was shown by Mr. Miyagi a technique in which he should be stroking the brush when painting a […]

Mysterious Leaks

If there were ever a topic that I could write about and provide seemingly countless examples for, ‘Mysterious Leaks’ would certainly be at the top of the list. While unintentionally developing a bit of a reputation over the years as an expert leak diagnoser, my list of ‘out of the ordinary’ leak situations definitely has […]

Low Slope Roofing

As crazy as it sounds, not all reputable roofing companies know what they are doing. Come to think of it, perhaps that can be said about every trade. Not all reputable _____________ (fill in the trade name) companies know what they are doing. It may even be possible to apply this to every reputable company […]

The Overly Annoying Woodpecker

There are few pests hitting up people’s homes that approach the level of modern annoyances more so than New England woodpeckers. Don’t get me wrong. Termites, carpenter ants, mice, carpenter bees, etc., are all unwelcome guests which cause enormous amounts of damage to our homes and businesses on a yearly basis, but for some reason, […]


Believe it or not, there are quite a number of folks out there that consider graffiti to be as admired a form of art as others may view a Rembrandt or the Mona Lisa herself. This view particularly gained steam in the 70s, specifically in New York City, and especially on miscellaneous train cars throughout […]

The Hidden Rotted Wood That is Leading Your Home to Be Eaten Away

Two homeowners that we have recently worked with have had about as good an attitude as one might imagine for addressing issues at their home that were far from ideal. In the first instance, we were working on the Client’s home and uncovered significant additional rot. Both the Client and the company knew that this […]

Why Having Gutters on Your Home “Should” Not Matter

Architects and Contractors have been arm wrestling with each other since the beginning of time. The reason being that architects love to hone in on aesthetics and contractors, on the other hand, tend to focus on practicality. In fact, sometimes if there is not someone who serves as a conduit in the middle to serve […]

What Happens When it Rains in the Middle of Exterior Painting?

Many years ago, at some point in the mid to late 90s, we were painting a home I believe in Northern RI (I want to say either Lincoln, RI or Cumberland, RI) and while we were working on the home, we got caught in a flash rainstorm. It was one of those that pop up […]