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 Burt Olhiser

Burt Olhiser

Contractor-turned-consultant Burt Olhiser has seen it all—or a good portion of it—as a painting contractor, consultant, and teacher/instructor. He calls it “Like it Is!,” based on his extensive experience in various facets of the trade. But, he adds, he’d certainly like to hear other views and accounts of “How it Is.”


‘I’m Simply Painting Some Concrete…’
By Burt Olhiser

Coating new concrete is a simple matter, correct? All you need to do is use a manufacturer’s alkaline-resistant primer and a good top coat, and, voilà, it’s done. And, I’ll be darned if it doesn’t loo... READ MORE

POSTED JANUARY 11, 2013 | 6 COMMENTS

Protection from the Pressure to Paint
By Burt Olhiser

In accordance with our title, this column is a “Like It Is” effort to present common- sense approaches to how contractors in the real world can best protect themselves from claims based on the seeming... READ MORE

POSTED OCTOBER 10, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

The Drywall Dilemma: The Rest Of The Story
By Burt Olhiser

As discussed in the first installment of this two-part article (Durability + Design, July-August, 2012), weaknesses in gypsum board finish systems often go unnoticed since very little stress is exerte... READ MORE

POSTED AUGUST 22, 2012 | 10 COMMENTS

The Drywall Dilemma: Lessons Learned from the School of Finish Failures
By Burt Olhiser

The following is the first installment of a two-part discussion of a number of failure-analysis projects that involve an industry standard that itself has failed to some degree, though perhaps through... READ MORE

POSTED JUNE 21, 2012 | 5 COMMENTS

Managing to Prosper: Planning and Executing an Effective Game Plan
By Burt Olhiser

This is the first in what will be an ongoing series of columns in Durability + Design. With that in mind I thought I should spend a minute to introduce myself and provide you, dear reader, with... READ MORE

POSTED MAY 1, 2012 | 0 COMMENTS

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