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I will answer questions dealing with home improvement. My specific areas of expertise are flooring (except carpeting), all types of carpentry, water treatment, and minor electrical. I have also built several treehouses and am currently considering expanding my business to concentrate on children's play areas. I love working with all kinds of wood. My favorite types of home repair/remodeling are water treatment, hardwood flooring, cabinetry, bathroom remodeling, and kitchen remodeling. I also have knowledge in residential water treatment, including filters, softeners, reverse osmosis systems and various other types of treatment systems.

Experience in the area

I have been working in various forms of construction both personally and professionally for the past 20 years. I am currently the Owner/Contractor of a home repair/remodeling company.


I have a BS in Environmental Engineering and have done Masters work in Management Development. I have also attended various community college and fine arts classes in the Piedmont Triad area and EPA water quality certification classes.

What do you like about this subject?

I love working with my hands. I find satisfaction in making the environment where I live very comfortable, inviting and appealing. I have always enjoyed learning new things and I have found that home improvement and repair has a wealth of "learning" opportunities.

What do you still hope to achieve/learn in this field?

Everything I don't already know. I try to learn something new each day. I will never reach a point in my life where I can sit back and say that I have achieved everything I want to in my life and now I'm going to relax.

Something interesting about this subject that others may not know:

Do you know that you can put in your own treatment system in your home that will give you essentially pure water for a fraction of the cost of bottled water. A typical reverse osmosis system for home drinking water costs less than $300 and is relatively easy to install yourself. In addition it is very "green" by reducing the number of plastic bottles in our landfills.

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