Howard Brickman

Howard Brickman is president at Norwell, Mass.-based Brickman Consulting and director of training and inspections for the International Wood Flooring Association.

  • Thursday, March, 18, 2021 An Essential Wood Flooring Installation Practice: ‘Trust But Verify’ One of the most important fundamental tasks that we as wood floor professionals must do is check the flooring we receive from a third party. There is no such thing as too much quality...
  • Tuesday, January, 19, 2021 Why Would an Existing Wood Floor Cup After Refinishing? Recently there was a question on a Facebook group from a contractor who had refinished a floor. The floor previously had no issues with cupping but, after sanding and coating it, the floor cupped.
  • Thursday, September, 27, 2018 How I Did This Floor: a Custom Compass Rose and More This job ended up being a time-intensive, complicated one that happened over months and involved everything from tiny end-grain to a custom compass, but it didn't start that way. It began with me...
  • Monday, August, 20, 2018 Unreasonable, Dishonest or Just Plain Crazy: How to Avoid Those Customers No reasonable consumer wants to do business with a scumbag wood flooring contractor, and no reasonable wood flooring contractor wants a customer who is unreasonable, dishonest, or just plain old...
  • Tuesday, June, 12, 2018 Tackling the Refinishing of Revolutionary War-Era Historic Maple Floors Earlier this year I was asked to evaluate the maple floors in the Great Hall of Faneuil Hall, which is a historic landmark building in Boston where Revolutionary-era meetings and protests...
  • Wednesday, March, 26, 2014 How to Succeed in this Business by Learning to Work Smarter … & Key West It is important to fine-tune your daily habits to prepare for potential problems by making decisions and judgments more simple and learning what to focus on and what to ignore. This is part of the 8...
  • Thursday, November, 14, 2013 Extreme RH & Engineered Wood Floors

    Recently Jim Decker left a question on one of my blog posts: "How long can an engineered floor be subjected to low RH or high RH and not be affected?"

  • Wednesday, October, 09, 2013 Engineered Wood Flooring: Stable or Not? The Hardwood Floors Magazine online forum always seems to have heated discussions on various topics. The current discussion on delamination of engineered is a classic example of an "apples"
  • Wednesday, July, 10, 2013 A Modest Proposal for the Inspection Business The stakeholders in the inspection business are: the Consumer the General Contractor the Flooring Contractor/Retailer the Distributor the Manufacturer the Inspection Service provider(s) the...
  • Wednesday, May, 29, 2013 Certified or Certifiable? Kevin Mullany has apparently touched a nerve with his recent article "Inspections Are Supposed to Help Our Industry, Not Hurt It." It is a compelling, multi-faceted topic. So here goes a toboggan run...