Blake Nelson and Roy Reichow

Blake R. Nelson is a construction-law attorney with Hellmuth & Johnson PLLC in Minneapolis. He can be reached at bnelson@hjlawfirm.com. Roy Reichow is president at National Wood Flooring Consultants Inc. and an NWFACP-certified inspector. Read his WFB Inspector Blog at www.woodfloorbusiness.com/blog.

  • Tuesday, May, 18, 2021 An Inconsistent Stain Color on a Water-Popped Wood Floor The Homeowners' Issue The homeowner wanted a solid wood floor stained dark with polyurethane oil-based finish to match other parts of the home. After the floor was completed by the flooring...
  • Wednesday, March, 17, 2021 Wood Floor Install Leads to Complaints from Downstairs The Homeowners' Issue Soon after purchasing their condo, the homeowners decided to add wood flooring. Afterwards, the neighbors below filed a grievance with the homeowner association for audible...
  • Monday, January, 18, 2021 Who’s to Blame for Engineered End Gapping? The Homeowner's Issue After a year in their new home, homeowners noticed end gapping on multiple engineered flooring planks. The homeowner asked the flooring contractor to look at the floor again.
  • Thursday, November, 19, 2020 First the Floor Cupped. Then it Crowned. Why? The Homeowners' Issue The homeowner built a new house and selected a solid hickory 5-inch-wide plank floor.Shortly after moving in, the dishwasher leaked onto the wood floor, and approximately...
  • Thursday, September, 17, 2020 This Glue-Down Wood Floor Had Its Ups and Downs The Homeowner's Issue The homeowner noticed after move-in her china in the china cabinet made noise as she walked past the cabinet, and her husband noticed the wood floor moved up and down in...
  • Wednesday, July, 15, 2020 Recoat Leads to ‘Plastic Appearance,’ Puddle, Debris, More The Homeowners' Issue New homeowners had their floors refinished with water-based finish before moving in. After they moved in, they noticed debris in the floor finish, along with a footprint and...
  • Monday, May, 18, 2020 Floor Becomes ‘Blotchier’ with Second Coat of Stain The Homeowners' Issue Soon after purchasing their home, the homeowners wanted the hickory floor's color changed to match their furniture. They asked the flooring contractor if the grain could be...
  • Wednesday, March, 18, 2020 Southern Specifier Didn’t Account for Dry Midwestern Winter The Issue A national clothing store remodeled an existing location in the upper Midwest and installed 5/8-inch-by-7-inch engineered white oak flooring. After installation, the GC noticed the...
  • Thursday, January, 16, 2020 Engineered Flooring’s Veneer Attached … Upside Down? The Homeowner's Issue The homeowner selected a 4-inch sliced-face engineered floor to replace a solid strip floor. During the first year, the homeowner began noticing little lines running...
  • Friday, November, 15, 2019 Did an Improper Trowel Size Result in This Wood Floor Turning Black? The Homeowner's Issue The flooring contractor installed a 5-inch natural maple engineered floor over new and existing slabs on grade in a 35-year-old home undergoing an expansion. One year after...