I was born and raised in Cincinnati, OH. There I graduated with a degree in Geology from the University of Cincinnati. However I didn't pursue a career looking for oil, water or minerals, but started my own residential construction company.
I was a hands-on builder and did all the carpentry on my jobs, the plumbing and much of the ceramic tile work. I've done every aspect of residential construction and have tens of thousands of hours of real experience. But I discovered early on that to get a job done on time and within budget, you have to subcontract out much of it.
Twenty years later I switched careers and began to write the syndicated newspaper column Ask the Builder. Then I saw the Internet in 1995.
Within six weeks I had AsktheBuilder.com
up and running. I continue to add content to it each week both in written and video formats.
In the late 1990's I started to do video work. You can see many of my videos at my YouTube Channel
One thing I've noticed in this amazing journey is that I have a distinct advantage over many of my Internet home-improvement peers. If you spend the time I have researching their past, you'll rapidly discover very few have any real hands-on experience in construction where they work for a paying customer like you. Believe me, that makes a huge difference.
When you have to satisfy the general public, and can do that for over 20 years successfully, you've got something. Be sure you always check the background of the person you're getting advice from. You can't afford to make a mistake with one of your most valuable assets - your home.
When I'm not working, I spend time with my wife Kathy and my three kids. My buddies and pals also get a piece of me as does my dog. Life is good.