The Carolina Contractor Show

The Carolina Contractor Show

We cover everything from the roof to the basement. Our listeners interact by submitting questions at www.TheCarolinaContractor.com... Show More

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February 24, 2021 26 min

We start off with the information you need to report potential tree and power line conflicts to the NC utility commissioner.  Since we've been talking about renewable energy a lot...we saw it fitting to comment on the wind turbines freezing in Texas.  We did our homework and shared our opinion on the situation.  Lastly we cover how to survive a power outage with just a portable generator and how to stay prepared!

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February 10, 2021 25 min

Last week's interview with immunologist, Dr. David Peden was so informationally packed, that we didn't get to cover the Doc's thoughts on the coming changes to HVAC systems.  He was gracious enough to join us for a second week to discuss all thing indoor air quality, purification and filtration.  If you're like me...you'll probably have to listen twice to take everything in.  Very content rich show!

In our questi...

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We had the Doc back to give us an update on where we are with COVID-19 at this point, the 3 vaccines & the new strains.  He dives deep on how the vaccines actually work and realistic expectations are in the coming days.  

We were honored to give our platform to someone who had answers to the questions on everybody's front burner!  Grateful to Dr. Peden for his insight and look forward to speaking with him on next week's ...

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In this episode, we cover things as simple as surfaces that are priority when cleaning, to changes that can be made to your HVAC unit for better indoor air quality.  We also touch on copper, bronze and brass’ ability to kill ALL viruses.  (SIDE NOTE:  We did a whole show on copper and it’s alloy’s ability to kill viruses and how it works “The Copper Show” - Spring 2020). If you have family members of all ages at home, who all live ...

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January 12, 2021 32 min

If you did renovations to your home last year or plan on it this year, check out our rundown on what qualifies as a tax credit or deduction.  We talk about the timeline, percentages and payback of each project that can save you thousands.  Our loophole for writing off that home office should be especially helpful.  

Our questions segment covers some good stuff, such as: Does Flex Seal really work as a permanent fix...what to do if y...

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January 7, 2021 27 min

The Subdivision Dad Gang (SDG) sent us several photos of their Christmas gifts and we talk about all the pros and cons of all the options.  We dive deep on where battery and solar technology is going in the future and when the best time would be to buy that 20 piece, battery powered tool kit!

Our listener questions segment covers the differences in caulking and silicone sealants, what to know about solar panels vs. solar collectors,...

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Our guest host, Josh Fargis, with Boer Brothers Heating & Air, stopped by the studio to talk all things HVAC.  He covers his recommendations on types of systems, but also talks about the other factors like comfort and indoor air quality.

Our questions segment covers some good content...such as, the future of HVAC systems, fresh air intakes, SEER ratings and HVAC servicing.

The Carolina Contractor Show covers all things constructi...

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December 14, 2020 31 min

Whether you live in a $1,000,000 or a $100,000 house, these things are the same.  We outline a step by step process you can do to drastically improve your home and lower your utility costs....and the thing is, it’s easier than you think!

In our questions segment, we talk about the differences between fixtures that come from the big box stores vs. the supply house, the rundown on manufacturers warranty claims with shingles and so muc...

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November 23, 2020 33 min

Check out our winterization list you that can’t find on the internet!   We also cover winter remodel ideas that can make your house comfy and save you big money!
 
Finally catching up on listener questions....we talk ridge ventilation and why it doesn’t jive with gable vents as well as the differences in metal roof types.  Also, what can happen when a house shrinks and swells during a seasonal temperature change.

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We tailored this weeks show around a house we designed over a decade ago, before net zero was a thing!  Soil engineer, Allen Hughes, is the guest host who talks about energy efficiency upgrades that are outside of the box, but still realistic.  

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 maint...

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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.

The Carolina Cont...

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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🤓

The Carolina Contra...

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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!
The Carolina Contractor Show covers all things construction and DIY.  Our goal is to cover topics important for hom...

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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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