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."

  • Friday, March, 16, 2012 World Class Networking On the Cheap It is less than four weeks till the start of this year's NWFA annual convention. It looks like it will be an improved effort. Truth be told, in spite of all of the whistling past the graveyard from...
  • Tuesday, February, 14, 2012 The Good Old Days In 1978 there was no industry-sponsored training or conventions; in fact, there was barely a wood flooring industry. I had just started working at NOFMA in Memphis. Two of us inspected all of the oak...
  • Wednesday, December, 28, 2011 Board Cuts, Moisture Changes & Cupping

    This blog will explore simple moisture content changes of individual S4S RO boards and how that would be related to changes in shape and how that could be related to cupping. But first…

  • Monday, December, 19, 2011 What Causes Cupping? Experiment 1 Explained

    We are going to start deconstructing some of the variables related to cupping and what many people believe are the causes of cupping.

  • Sunday, December, 11, 2011 What Causes Cupping in Wood Floors?

    The official topic of this blog will be an excruciating discussion of the term "cupping" for your consideration. But first…

  • Tuesday, October, 04, 2011 Do You Need An Alibi? Only a guilty man needs to have an alibi prepared. Well, you are all guilty of being wood floor guys, so let's get those alibis ready for prime time. And maybe the process of getting those alibis...
  • Monday, September, 19, 2011 Carolina(s) On My Mind  I hope that my loyal fans will forgive the temporary lapse in blogging. Hurricane Irene blew through town, taking with her our electricity for almost a week. On the plus side, I got to break...
  • Thursday, August, 25, 2011 Ignorance, like Mr. Know-It-All Do you remember "Mr. Know It All" from "Rocky and Bullwinkle"? Bullwinkle would make some ridiculous remark that was completely wrong, but he said it with ultimate self-confidence...
  • Monday, August, 15, 2011 Moisture Content & Crawl Spaces Wayne, I will have a go at the crawl space issue. The critical thing about any crawl space or basement is its effect on the moisture content (MC) of the subfloor. Over time, high RH in the crawl...
  • Sunday, July, 31, 2011 The Peril of Using Averages I'm going to start by answering the question Wayne Lee asked in his latest blog post: Wayne, the short answer on this job is NO. The 18% moisture content of the subfloor is the deal breaker. This is...