Howard Brickman

Howard Brickman has operated his own consulting and contracting business, Brickman Consulting, in Boston since 1984, and has worked in the wood flooring industry in Memphis, Seattle, and Boston since 1978. He was a Floor of the Year winner in 1999. Howard has hands-on experience with all phases of installation, sanding and finishing, ranging from gymnasiums to concert halls, as well as new construction and 300-plus-year-old antique houses in Plymouth County, Mass. He also spent three years at UMass Amherst as a graduate student in the Wood Anatomy Lab. He is a charter member of the NWFA. His hobby: Welsh corgis, because "You have to love dogs that live so close to the floor."

  • 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 Hardwood Floors article "Inspections Are Supposed to Help Our Industry, Not Hurt It." It is a compelling, multi-faceted topic.
  • Wednesday, August, 08, 2012 How I Spent My Summer Vacation

    It has been a whirlwind of a summer season for me since early in May. This always happens whenever I mix some actual work into my schedule.

  • Thursday, April, 12, 2012 Thoughts as I Travel Home from the Expo in Orlando I am on my way back home from the 2012 NWFA convention in Orlando and wanted to get some thoughts online before the distraction of being back home starts. It was a lot of fun to be able to say hello...