ProConstruction Guide Podcasts
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Latest Episode 65: What to put in your social media toolbox
Episode 64: Easy weatherization projects = profits for Pros
Episode 63: 10 great tool gifts for $25, $50 and $100
Clint DeBoer, editor-in-chief of Pro Tool Reviews, presents 10 great holiday tool gifts for the Pro. The tools run the gamut from a 15-inch prybar to a box level to an ultra-lightweight portable jacket. There’s something for every contractor on your gift list – including you.
Episode 62: How to select the right engineered wood for the job
Renee Morgan, a structural frame engineer at Weyerhaeuser, provides the features and benefits of the different types of engineered woods, and describes which types of are right for your jobs. Also, Ron Jumper, founder of ProFinder USA, talks about how his new service can help Pros easily find jobs in the construction industry. Visit profinderusa.com. PROcast sponsored by ProFinder USA.
Episode 61: Remodeling packages increase revenues
Bob Knight has a sure-fire way to increase revenues. Instead of using traditional markup practices, the Pro sells his customers on packages of products and services for set prices. Listen to how Knight and his team have been using this successful sales technique for decades. To learn more about Knight’s company, Paul Homes, click here.
Episode 60: Free content and rebates for Pros
Kevin Kilpatrick, founder and publisher of Pro Construction Guide, tells listeners about the latest happenings with the brand, including why Pros should subscribe to the free newsletters and a new savings program called Rebates for Pros. To sign up for the newsletter click here.
Episode 59: How to close more sales
Andy Wells, president of Normandy Remodeling, tells Pros how to clinch more sales. First, he says, you have to win the homeowners’ trust, then they won’t be focused on price. The second thing potential clients buy on are your design work. For more information about Wells’ company visit normandyremodeling.com.
Episode 58: Effective communication = success working with spouse and team
Elizabeth and Anthony Wilder have owned a successful remodeling firm for decades — and they’re still married. They say the key to a productive work relationship with relatives and staff is effective communication. Learn tips from this dynamic husband-and-wife team.
Episode 57: Building profits by building composite decks
Tim Stephens of Archadeck talks about why homeowners love composite decks and how easy they are to build. Best of all, Stephens, who has been building decks for decades, says composite materials reduce callbacks and warrantee claims. You can find our more information about composite decking at his website: west-central-ohio.archadeck.com.
Episode 56: Best new tools for the Pro
Clint DeBoer, editor in chief of Pro Tool Reviews, talks about the best new tools for professional contractors, including DeWalt’s FlexVolt technology and ones from RIDGID and RYOBI. He also reveals the winners of a 12V drill shoot out, and EGO’s move into snowblowers and backpack blowers. For more information about these and other tools visit protoolreviews.com. This podcast was sponsored by GE Appliances.
Episode 55: Got air? How to clear up indoor air quality issues
Ken Fisher has been installing and selling hardwood flooring for decades. He provides Pros expert tips for avoiding installation woes, especially ones due to excessive moisture in basements and crawlspaces.
Episode 54: Hardwood flooring installation problems and solutions
Ken Fisher has been installing and selling hardwood flooring for decades. He provides Pros expert tips for avoiding installation woes, especially ones due to excessive moisture in basements and crawlspaces.
Episode 53: How to spot clients from hell
Jeb Breithaupt has a name for clients you just can’t seem to satisfy: He calls them “clients from hell.” This third-generation builder/remodeler tells Pros how to spot these these homeowners and how to avoid signing contracts with them. Podcast sponsored by Ram.
Episode 52: Kitchen remodeling dos and don’ts
Award-winning remodeler Bob Gockeler provides Pros with step-by-step instructions for remodeling any size kitchen within any budget. Gockeler’s proven approach creates profits and happy clients. One great tip: set up a low-cost kitchen in another room during construction. Customers will love you. Check out Gockeler’s work at kmrenovate.com. Podcast sponsored by Delta.
Episode 51: How to boost revenues by renovating homes for sale
Greg Hanner tells Pros how they can discover a new stream of revenues and profits by helping homeowners and realtors repair and remodel homes for sale. Greg is a custom builder and a realtor with years of experience doing this work. Greg’s website is gardenrealty.com.
Episode 50: How to install the best mechanical system
In this episode, building scientist Justin Wilson discusses the importance of properly sizing HVAC systems, system efficiency, improving air distribution throughout a home and educating homeowners about SEER ratings and why bigger HVAC systems aren’t necessarily better. Wilson is a partner in Construction Instruction, which provides building science consulting and other services to builders, remodelers and manufacturers. He can be reached at 719-375-9300. Also, check out the free CI app that provides construction details and animated and narrated videos.
Episode 49: How to install a leak-proof window
In this episode sponsored by GE Appliances, building scientist Mark LaLiberte discusses how to properly install a window, including air sealing, flexible membranes and caulks. LaLiberte is a partner in Construction Instruction, which provides building science consulting and other services to builders, remodelers and manufacturers. He can be reached at 719-375-9300. Also, check out the free CI app that provides construction details and animated and narrated videos.
Episode 48: Paint trends and application tips
In this episode, Jerry Rabushka, editor of The Paint Contractor and The Paint Dealer, updates Pros on the latest paint color trends and formulations that they need to know about, as well as providing tips about how to choose the right brushes and providing great service. For more information about painting and paint trends, visit To learn more about paints and applications, visit The Paint Dealer at paintdealer.com or The Paint Contractor at tpcmag.com. Or, contact Jerry at email@example.com or at 314-984-0800.
Episode 47: Should you buy a construction franchise business?
In this episode, remodeler Ryan Parsons shares the pros and cons of owning a franchise business, and helps you determine if you should buy a franchise. The firm that Ryan Parsons owns with his brother, Ken, the Brothers Who Just Do Gutters, almost shut down during the recession. He said he and Ken learned a lot from their mistakes, and began developing and implementing systems so that their company could thrive during a down turn, and most important, without them their every day. Brothers Gutters, now an award-winning remodeling company, started franchising its successful business in 201. For more information about Ryan and the Brothers Who Just Do Gutters, visit www.brothersgutters.com or call 866-550-3569.
Episode 46: Best insurance policies for Pros
Kevin Glaser, an insurance expert who works with Pros, provides an overview of insurance policy types and how to select the best policies for construction businesses. Kevin encourages Pros to visit his website www.riscllc.com for general insurance information. His book, “Inside the Insurance Industry,” is available on Amazon.
Episode 45: Working with an architect to increase profits
Lee Calisti, a long-time successful architect, tells Pros about the benefits of working with an architect, and how a collaborative relationship can increase customer satisfaction and help boost contractors’ profits.
Episode 44: Common builder mistakes – foundations and framing
Matt Risinger, a remodeler and builder in Austin, tells Pros that the best way to reduce mistakes and callbacks in these categories is by hiring a top-notch framer, paying attention to the details during the framing process, and installing quality products, especially engineered lumber subfloors.
Episode 43: Best new tools for Pros
Clint DeBoer, founder of Pro Tool Reviews, shares the best new contractor-grade tools he and his team have seen and tested in recent months, including an oil pulse driver and a cordless dual-slide miter saw and bunch of great hammer drills and LED lights. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 42: How to renovate a home that contains lead-based paint
The EPA’s Renovation, Repair and Painting (RRP) rule has been in effect since 2010, but a lot of Pros don’t know much about it. It applies to homes and apartments built before 1978 that contain lead-based paint. Remodeler David Merrick tells you how to protect your clients and your workers so you don’t get fined. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 41: Legal issues that can get Pros in trouble
There are two big issues that all construction company owners need know about: how to properly classify 1099 installation workers and how to create a project contract that’s legal in the state you do business. Attorney D.S. Berenson, who works exclusively with Pros, says owners who don’t classify workers correctly or who don’t have plain-English contracts that protect their businesses potentially face tens of thousands of dollars in fines, taxes and legal fees. Berenson tells Pros how to stay out of trouble. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 40: Hot product trends in the construction industry
Building Products expert Katy Tomasulo talks about the hot product trends in the construction industry that all contractors should know about. She focuses on products that customers are craving for their homes – and will pay extra for – such as bigger pantries, quartz countertops, spa-like showers, pet baths and charging stations. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 39: Features and benefits of modular buildings
Modular housing is gaining ground with remodelers and builders nationwide. Chip Lofton, owner of Cardinal Homes, a modular homebuilder, explains the features and benefits of modular building for contractors and homeowners. Modular houses and additions are built in a factory to exacting specifications. The homes are delivered to the jobsite and are erected quickly. And although there is a labor shortage, the builder doesn’t need a large crew to finish the home on site, saving the contractor time and labor costs. Finally, the homeowner gets a house that is extremely tight, uses less heating and air conditioning per tonnage and that is perfectly square. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 38: Creating a low-cost marketing/advertising plan
Andy Bergren discusses why remodelers and other contractors should write a marketing/advertising plan, and what are the most important things that should be included in that plan. Bergren, who works for Group Two, a Philadephia-based agency that works exclusively with remodelers and builders, recommends components for every plan. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 37: How to avoid business pitfalls
Hosts John Gordon and David Dovell, who have worked in the housing industry for more than 30 years each, discuss the top reasons construction businesses fail and speak to key elements of the business that position companies to avoid the typical pitfalls. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 36: Creating great customer experiences
Geoff Graham, founder of GuildQuality, tells professional contractors how they can boost referrals and revenues by creating great experiences for customers. Graham says the first step is to ask some customers if you could spend a little time with them so you can hear first-hand what it’s like to deal with you and your team. Second, create a survey. Ask your customers to give you a rating on a four-point scale and to provide written comments. Send the survey to customers via email. Finally, share the survey results with your staff. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 35: 5 hidden costs of remodeling
Remodelers and other contractors can lose a lot of money if they don’t know the hidden costs in remodeling projects. Debra Moore, who has been a remodeler for decades, tells listeners how to eliminate the hidden costs and make more money. Moore, owner of Custom Design/Build, says the hidden costs show up in five areas: the clients, the project, the sales and marketing process, site supervision and site specifications. The ideal project is the one that makes you the most profit with the least stress, so you need to assess your team’s strengths and weakness with each project. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 34: Light commercial construction = more profits
John Price, owner of Artisan Construction & Design, describes why his firm started doing light commercial work in addition to residential remodeling, and how it helped his company survive – and thrive – during the recession. He told host David Dovell and John Gordon that the benefits of commercial work include having contracts that are bigger and longer and less “hand holding” of clients, and that working with other pros is very gratifying. But you have to demonstrate you can do that level of work, you must document everything, and you must carry more insurance. Plus, you have to find subs who can work at a higher level, and you have to pay close attention to the architect’s plan and notes. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 33: Get off the truck – and make more money
Ryan Parsons, the co-owner of the Brothers That Just Do Gutters, advises contractors how to get out of the field and into the office in order to run their construction businesses more effectively and profitably. Parsons said Pros need to know their numbers, train their staffs like it’s their own job and manage production efficiently. Parsons says one of the biggest issues small contracting businesses face is that their owners charge by the square foot, not by the hour, and they don’t have a clue what their production costs are. They end up in business just to pay employees. Once the owners understand the numbers, they need to train their employees so that they can grow the company, easily replace workers who resign and add more teams. If a guy isn’t willing to come to meetings and learn, fire him, Parsons says. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 32: Cordless power tool trends
Clint DeBoer, of Pro Tool Reviews, provides contractors with information about and insights into latest trends in this tool category. In this PROcast, DeBoer, whose team at the tool review website tests hundreds of tools each year, talks about the explosion of power tools — especially tools that were once exclusively corded now going cordless. He also talks about the trends in lighter weight and lithium-ion (LI) batteries, especially how LI batteries provide longer run times. Finally, he tells hosts John Gordon and David Dovell that the NiCad batteries are done, but that some companies still are committed to the technology for older tools. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 31: How to install a skylight
In this PROcast, Remodeler Jim Hicks tells contractors how to sell skylights to clients, and provides Pros step-by-step instructions and tips on how to expertly install a skylight. Hicks also reviews the various types of skylights on the market: conventional, deck, curve-mounted and cathedral; adjustable with blinds or vents; manual, electric and solar powered; and sun tunnels, which are not really skylights but cost much less. Plus, the remodeler explains why it’s important to show homeowners how to operate their new skylights when the installation is completed. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 30: How to prevent common HVAC mistakes
Carl Seville, a former remodeler and an expert in sustainable building, reviewed some common HVAC installation mistakes, and provided tips on how contractors can correct or prevent them. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 29: How to get your project published
Stacey Freed, former senior editor at Remodeling magazine, explains the benefits to remodelers and other contractors of getting their projects published in magazines and online. Articles can serve as an extension of a Pro’s website, and can inspire clients. If the article is published in a magazine, Freed advised contractors to place copies of the publication in local doctors’ and dentists’ offices and other places with heavy customer traffic. Freed laid out a step-by-step approach for researching the best publications for specific contractors’ needs, and then how to reach out to those media companies with story ideas and photographs. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 28: How to ventilate a crawlspace
Building science expert Justin Wilson talks with host David Dovell about the importance of properly ventilating a crawlspace, explaining the damage moisture can cause and how it negatively affects indoor air quality — what gets in the crawlspace, gets in the house. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 27: How to grow your business
Ryan Parsons, co-owner of the Brothers That Just Do Gutters, tells you how to expand your sales and profits through employee training. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 26: Smart home technologies
Explore the latest technologies that integrate appliances and equipment from Wink’s Brett Worthington. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 25: What’s cooking with kitchen trends
Guest Bethany Major, GE Appliances, talks about the latest kitchen trends. She notes that homeowners want their smart phones and tablets with them at all times, so GE is producing remote-controlled, Wi-Fi-connected appliances. She also says that transitional-style kitchens are popular because they aren’t as stark as contemporary kitchens and are less formal than traditional ones. Another trend across the industry as baby boomers grow older is “aging-in-place” concepts, which inspire adjustments in washers and dryers, among other appliances, and in kitchen design. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 24: How to get rid of mold
Building scientist Gord Cooke provides expert advice about how to clean up mold and keep it from coming back. Click here to listen or download
Episode 23: Profiting through social media
In this PROcast, David Dovell talks to marketing/advertising expert Mollie Elkman about using free social media to boost sales. The website Houzz is specifically about housing, and Elkman recommends contractors begin by posting their company’s work there because Houzz can direct web traffic back to your homepage. Elkman also says good photography is key; it doesn’t have be taken by a professional, but you should consider investing in a high-quality camera. Elkman also says it’s important to keep your Facebook posts positive, and that it’s important to review Facebook analytics to understand your web traffic and to track ads. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 22: Profiting from aging in place services
Remodeler/lawyer Dan Bawden has found a successful niche focusing on projects that keep older people in their homes. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 21: How to build a great website
Guest Bethany Major, an account manager for GE Appliances, talks about the latest kitchen trends with PROcast hosts John Gordon and David Dovell. She notes that homeowners want their smart phones and tablets with them at all times, so GE is producing remote-controlled, Wi-Fi-connected appliances. She also says that transitional-style kitchens are popular because they aren’t as stark as contemporary kitchens and are less formal than traditional ones. Another trend across the industry as baby boomers grow older is “aging-in-place” concepts, which inspire adjustments in washers and dryers, among other appliances, and in kitchen design. Finally, Major mentions that open living spaces still are very popular, and that they call for quiet appliances and simple looks. Click here to listen or download
Episode 20: Ventilation best practices
Building scientist Mark LaLiberte provides easy, cost-effective techniques and products for properly ventilating an existing home. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 19: Window replacement done right
Contractor and trainer Bill Robinson explains how to expertly replace a window in an existing home. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 18: Estimating for profits
Remodeler Lucas Papageorge’s business took off when he implemented these estimating best practices. He shares his expert knowledge. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 17: Bathroom remodeling dos and don’ts
Remodeler Bob Gockeler takes pros through the steps of profitably remodeling a bathroom that wows customers. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 16: Successful marketing strategies
Remodeler Ger Ronan shares marketing secrets and tips that helped his Massachusetts firm explode with growth. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 15: How to avoid mistakes – electrical, HVAC, plumbing
Builder Matt Risinger tells you how to avoid common construction errors and callbacks in these three categories. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 14: Frame it right
Learn best framing practices and techniques from Mary Uher of APA – The Engineered Wood Association. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 13: Trade association benefits
Design/Build Remodeler Dale Contant talks about the benefits of joining the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI). Click here to listen or download.
Episode 12: Installing granite countertops
Installer Joe Corlett provides pros with best practices for installing granite countertops. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 11: Opportunities for Pros
What are the opportunities and challenges facing pros? Patrick O’Toole of Qualified Remodeler shares the magazine’s research and insights. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 10: Pro-tested pneumatic tools
Steve Lieberman, tool merchant for The Home Depot, tells pros about customers’ favorite brands and new, improved models on the market. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 9: The great tile debate: stone vs. porcelain
John and Dave talk with former remodeler and author Joe Truini about the great tile debate: stone vs. porcelain. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 8: Tips and techniques for installing cabinets
On this week’s episode, carpenter Steve Roth shares his tips and tricks for installing cabinets. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 7: All things trucking
Episode 6: What’s in your tool box?
What’s in your tool box? John and Dave discuss the latest in “must have” tools, new tools coming soon, what works, what doesn’t and more. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 5: Best new tools
The best new jobsite tools from 2014 and looking forward to new tools coming in 2015 with Clint Everett DeBoer from ProToolReviews.com. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 4: Make sure you get paid
Want to ensure you get paid for your services? Check out this week’s episode with Thea Dudley in which she discusses business liens with John and Dave. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 3: The 8 rules of building performance
Special guest Mark LaLiberte, President and lead Building Scientist at Construction Instruction, discusses “The 8 Rules of Building Performance” with John and Dave. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 2: All about vinyl siding
John and Dave talk siding with David Verbofsky, trainer for the Vinyl Siding Institute’s certified installer program. Click here to listen or download.
Episode 1: Introductions
John introduces our new podcast and interviews Silver Lake Media Group President, Kevin Kilpatrick.