The Carolina Contractor Show

The Carolina Contractor Show

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October 17, 2020 30 min

A recent political platform stated the goal of their administration is to be carbon neutral by 2035 and net zero by 2050.  We weigh in heavy to talk about the ins and outs of this plan and if it’s realistic.

We also cover exactly what it takes to build a net-zero house and the recommended steps to get there!  We cover a lot of ground in this episode...so much so, that we didn’t have time to cover listener questions.

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October 9, 2020 27 min

This week’s episode goes into detail on the building code’s history and It’s evolution into what we have today.  

In segment 2, we had some great questions to answer this week....Such as: How Duck tape became a household name.  What to do about a vapor barrier in your crawl space and the pros and cons of pressure washing algae from the north slope of a roof!

The Carolina Contractor Show covers all things construction and DIY.  Our go...

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September 26, 2020 29 min

We talk about how you can spend a few thousand dollars that could save you $100K over the lifespan of a 30 year mortgage.  The recipe to save up to $200 per month isn’t rocket science....you just have to do it!  This show is information packed!

Our questions segment covers dehumidifiers vs. humidifiers, OSB vs. real plywood, structural wood replacement after a leak and lots of homeowner’s insurance advice🤓

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We start out this week with a rundown on what to do after a hurricane affects your area in response to the busy hurricane season we’ve had.  Also, listen in to catch our annual fall checklist for your house 🍁🍂 

Our listener questions were outstanding this week.  Here’s what we cover....
The breakdown on radiant barrier and if it is ok to use as a roofing underlayment
What to do about a sink that has a bad odor
Tips for ...

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September 12, 2020 29 min

We break down the 3 main types of foundations commonly used in single family construction.  When we get to basements, we talk about the 3 main options to consider.

Our questions segment covers some good stuff...like, mold around ceiling registers, the difference between building code and manufacturer recommendations, hand nailing shingles vs. pneumatic nail gun, and how to keep the neighbor’s dog from using the bathroom in your yard...

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The breakdown on the pros and cons of using contractor finder services like Angie’s List & Home Advisor.  We explain a BETTER way to find the right contractor that will guarantee you’ll have a job done well🤯

In segment 2, we answer questions about remedying hardwood floor squeaks, the differences in contractor certification credentials, and a scenario where exterior window shades are going to save one of our listeners a ...

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August 28, 2020 31 min

The Carolina Contractor Show covers all things construction and DIY.  Our goal is to cover topics important for homeowners who want to be in the know.  The show is tailored around home maintenance, innovation, seasonal tips and several ways you can save money.  Our slogan is that “We help you get to know your house better.”  Our listener submitted questions are answered each week by host and licensed General Contractor, Donnie Blan...

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August 28, 2020 25 min

This episode focuses on concrete construction.  Everything from how it's made to the many uses  is covered in the first segment.  
We also talk about the best time of the year to get a new roof installed, what to look for in an outdoor movie theater set up, and the pros and cons of houses with stairs.  Check it out!
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August 15, 2020 27 min

The earthquake in western NC last week was the strongest we’ve had in over 100 years...needless to say, it really shook things up!  We open the conversation on how buildings are designed in the US vs. Japan(10x more quakes) and explain the concept behind base isolation foundations.  Very informative episode, if you want to be in the know, in terms of how we may integrate building techniques being pioneered in other parts of the wor...

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We talk about saving money with insulation & HVAC, but don’t give a lot of thought to appliance turnover.  Having to prematurely replace appliances could be measured in thousands...
Our guest on the program is Brandon Porterfied, owner of The Appliance Doctor, and he discusses the ins and outs of each appliance in your home.  He also covers gas vs. electric appliances and which brands he prefers.   theappliancedr2@outlook.co...

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August 2, 2020 28 min

August 2020 marks our 2 year anniversary for the show!  Thank you to all of our listeners!  Your support makes the show go🙏  In this episode, we discuss what it means to be a house doctor.  There are so many parallels between your house and body.  Everything from structural components to the way we’re wired is really similar!

In the questions segment, we dive into a lengthy explanation of how COVID-19 will impact the way HVA...

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In this episode, we start with a story about a recent roof collapse and how a cut corner was the culprit.  Then, we work our way from the foundation to the exterior listing common areas to watch for a cut corner.  It happens a lot more than you realize, so being in the know could save you a headache down the road!

In our questions segment, we cover some awesome listener questions....such as, common problems with your HVAC in the sum...

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July 5, 2020 28 min

The voice of the Carolina Panthers, Mick Mixon joins us to discuss a massive building project he and his wife have undertaken.  We were fortunate enough to work with them on their project and be a part of making their dream home, a reality.  We talk about the ins and outs of the project, along with how Mick came through UNC with Woody Durham.  He also gives us a full rundown on the freshly overhauled roster of the Carolina Panthers...

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When building a house, there are several options that are more important than others.  What has to happen during the initial construction process vs. what can be remodeled down the road.  From the foundation to the roof, we cover where you should save and where you should spend those budget dollars.  

Check out the 2nd segment where we give a comprehensive countertop comparison, address which designer shingle is the best bang for th...

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In last weeks show, we were honored to have one of the most well known immunologist in the country on our show to discuss COVID-19.  This week the Doc came back to dive a little deeper into best practices should you need work done on the interior of your home.  He also covers job-site protocol, indoor air quality with HVAC systems, how copper surfaces are anti-microbial, and how what we’re going through will affect the fire code.  ...

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    I got called out to jobsite  inspection last week and little did I know I would meet one of the most influential people in the state, as well as the country.  Our guest, Dr. David Peden, is a pediatric allergist and immunologist, as well as the Senior Associate Dean for Translational Research at the School of Medicine.  In other words, in the phrase “Straight from the horse’s mouth”...He’s the horse!  It was very enlightening t...

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May 18, 2020 26 min

When you realize that a pandemic can change our everyday life....the question is, how do we fight back?  This might be the most important show topic we’ve ever covered.  Listen in to see how changes you can make to your home or business can make a big difference!

🟠Copper and it’s alloys, like brass and bronze, are likely to become the new standard in construction.  Any virus that comes in contact with these antimicrobial sur...

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What are you going to do with all of this free time at home?  Listen in to this week’s show on what you need to do around the house to make sure everything is up to par!  Eric also provides a great pointer on how to prevent pollen on a screened porch!

In our questions segment, we cover ways to get reclaimed wood for remodeling, how to get more pressure from your shower head, a sagging drywall problem and the rundown on having a kitc...

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March 8, 2020 27 min

This show is all about the next generation!  We discuss what the next wave of contractors need to be aware of when coming out of school with a construction degree.  An intern from the construction program at ECU gives us his rundown on what he likes about the program, what he’s learning and how he learns best👷🏼‍♂️  Check out a whole show on “If I knew then, what I know now”

The Carolina Contractor Show covers all thi...

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February 28, 2020 28 min

We welcomed the local guys from Big Blue Restoration this week to talk about what you do in the case of an emergency!  There are do’s and don’t s for a homeowner, when it comes to insurance.  Mike Anderson and Zach Davenport give the rundown on your responsibilities as a homeowner, in a disaster situation.  MITIGATE YOUR DAMAGES!  

We go through each part of the house that may be prone to a covered peril, like pipe bursts, house fir...

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