DIAMOND CERTIFIED EXPERT REPORTS HUB
Diamond Certified Expert Contributors

David Tetrault is vice president of Modern Paving, Inc – Peninsula, a Diamond Certified company since 2013. He can be reached at (650) 564-3217 or by email.

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David Tetrault: A Northwest Progression

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN MATEO — For David Tetrault, a westward relocation precipitated a northward advancement in his professional career. “I’m originally from Massachusetts, where I got my start in the construction industry,” he says. “In the mid-2000s, I decided to pack up my tools and move to California. Initially, I got a job as a carpenter, but I soon realized that if I wanted to get ahead, I’d need to go into management. Someone suggested that I get into the hardscaping industry, so I took a job as a project manager for a local paving company. It was a pretty seamless transition, Read more

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Identifying Water-Related Issues Before You Build
SAN MATEO — If you’re planning to install a new driveway, patio or similar hardscape feature, take the time to look for potential water-related issues. Water can be very effective at breaking down what you’ve built, so it’s… Read more

Jorge Paiva is owner of Tom’s Appliance Service, Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 778-9955 or by email.

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Jorge Paiva: A Service Calling

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

MORGAN HILL — After requesting a service call to fix a broken appliance, Jorge Paiva ended up getting a lot more than he bargained for. “My apartment had a broken dishwasher, so a technician was sent out to fix it,” he remembers. “We got to talking and he told me the company he worked for was hiring. At the time, I was working in the high-tech industry, but I had some familiarity with appliance repair, mostly because my father worked in the field. I told the technician I was interested, so he arranged for me to talk to his boss and I ended up with an apprenticeship. Read more

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How to Remove Dish Soap From a Dishwasher
MORGAN HILL — Have you ever run your dishwasher with dish soap instead of detergent? If so, you know the outcome. The sudsy character of the soap combined with the washer’s powerful mechanized spray basically creates a bubble… Read more

Roger Boucher is owner of De Anza Appliance, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 622-0436 or by email.

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Roger Boucher: Appliance Legacy

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SANTA CLARA —Roger Boucher had originally planned to become an accountant, but over the course of working at his father’s appliance business, he realized he’d rather create a family legacy. “My dad started Boucher’s Appliance Repair in 1972, which he renamed De Anza Appliance in 1985,” he recounts. “I started working here part-time while attending college, where I was studying to become an accountant. I started in the front office doing administrative work and gradually moved into appliance installation and repair. Eventually, it occurred to me that I was enjoying my part-time job more than the subject I was studying, Read more

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A Simple Solution for a Common Dishwasher Issue
SANTA CLARA — A common issue with dishwashers is when the detergent dispenser malfunctions. Whether it won’t open, won’t close or breaks off entirely, a malfunctioning dispenser can be frustrating to deal with. Not only that, it can cost hundreds… Read more

Will Phinney is operations manager of Reyff Electric, Inc., a Diamond Certified company since 2011. He can be reached at (415) 508-5638 or by email.

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Will Phinney: From Brokering to Breakers

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ROHNERT PARK — Formerly a real estate broker, Will Phinney moved into the electrical service field following the financial crisis of 2008. “I’ve known Ray Reyff, the owner of Reyff Electric, for over 20 years, so when the real estate market crashed, I came to work for him,” he explains. “Coming from a totally different field, it was initially a challenge to find my place here. I worked my way through the customer service, marketing and service departments before eventually moving to the administrative side. Today, as operations manager, I handle employee hiring and management, along with a lot of behind-the-scenes things that keep a business up and running.”

After 11 years at Reyff Electric, Read more

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Simple (But Impactful) Upgrades for Your Electrical System
ROHNERT PARK — Nowadays there are several electrical products and system add-ons that can improve functionality, energy efficiency, and safety in your home. What’s more, all of these products are affordable and easy to install, allowing you to… Read more

Julian Meza is project manager of Meza’s Fence, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (408) 692-5976 or by email.

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Julian Meza: Fencing Pride

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN JOSE — When asked how he got into the fencing industry, Julian Meza says he was simply raised in it. “My father, Julian Sr., has been in the industry since the late ’80s. My brother, Juan Carlos, and I grew up going with him to jobsites and learning the trade. As we got older, he would send us to pick up lumber or have us handle smaller projects. In 2000, he founded Meza’s Fence, and we’ve been working here since the beginning.”

Today, as project manager of Meza’s Fence, Julian says his favorite part of his job is the variety. Read more

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Understanding Redwood Fencing Grades
SAN JOSE — Redwood is known for being one of the best natural wood fencing materials available. However, since it comes in varying grades of quality, it’s important to know exactly what you’re getting when you hire a fence… Read more

Brad McCarthy is owner of The Cabinet Center, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (925) 255-5652 or by email.

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Brad McCarthy: An Unexpected Achievement

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN RAMON — Sometimes in life, even the most disheartening of setbacks can eventually reveal a silver lining. For Brad McCarthy, this came in the form of losing his job as an airline mechanic. While devastating at the time, this twist of fate would put him on the path toward a professional achievement beyond his wildest dreams. “In the wake of September 11th, there were mass layoffs throughout the airline industry and I lost my job,” he recounts. “No one was hiring airline mechanics at the time, so I had to look for another line of work. I had a friend who owned a cabinet business, Read more

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3 Cabinet Style Options
SAN RAMON — When choosing new kitchen cabinets, you have three basic style options to choose from: frameless, framed and inset. To help you make an informed decision, let’s look at each of these styles in further detail: Frameless cabinets… Read more

Dave Erickson is owner of Automotive Excellence, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (707) 652-9793 or by email.

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Dave Erickson: Taking the Long Road

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

ROHNERT PARK — A lifelong veteran of the automotive industry, Dave Erickson has traveled a long and storied road to arrive at professional success. It all started when he was just a boy. “I grew up on a 100-acre ranch, where we had lots of tractors and other vehicles that needed to be maintained,” he remembers. “My dad was gone a lot for work, so I was the one who had to keep all the equipment running. I pretty much taught myself by reading books and tinkering around from a young age.”

When Dave was a teenager, Read more

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Regenerative Braking: A Beneficial Prius Feature
ROHNERT PARK  — If you own a Toyota Prius, make sure you’re taking advantage of all the features it provides. One beneficial feature is regenerative braking, an automotive innovation found in most modern hybrid and electric vehicles. To utilize this… Read more

Mitch Alves is owner of MCA Remodeling Inc., a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 273-5399 or by email.

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Mitch Alves: A Hands-On Inclination

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

UNION CITY — When asked how he got involved in home remodeling, Mitch Alves says it was just part of his upbringing. “My father and grandfather were both builders—real hands-on guys. I learned to do carpentry and masonry work at a young age and went right into the trades following high school. I wound up working for one of the largest general contractors in the United States, where I was eventually promoted to Western Regional Manager.”

Despite his prominent position, Mitch felt drawn toward a more hands-on professional situation. “As an employee of another contractor, I would often see flaws in the way things were done,” he explains. Read more

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Comparing Quartz and Granite Countertops
UNION CITY — When it comes to kitchen countertops, two of the most popular materials on the market are quartz and granite. Both materials are similar in some ways while very different in others. To make an informed choice, it’s… Read more

Mike Petrovich is owner of Absolute Best Care, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (510) 854-6943 or by email.

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Mike Petrovich: Tree Service Roots

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

CONCORD — When asked to recount the origin of his tree service career, Mike Petrovich says it’s rooted in family. “My dad had a tree service and landscaping business, so I grew up learning the trade from him and my uncles. After high school, I decided to continue on that professional path. I worked for a handful of companies before starting my own business, Mike’s Tree Service. In 2003, I started my current business, Absolute Best Care. In addition to my 40-plus years of experience, both of my sons have been involved with the company, so it has been neat to pass my knowledge to the next generation.”

Mike says his favorite part of tree work is helping customers in their hour of need. Read more

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A Common Symptom of Over-Watering
CONCORD — If you notice little black dots or other instances of discoloration on your plants, you may assume they need more water, but this isn’t always the case. In fact, these symptoms are often a sign of over-watering. As… Read more

Andy Zhang is owner of Fast N’ Reliable Moving, LLC, a Diamond Certified company. He can be reached at (650) 273-5408 or by email.

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Andy Zhang: A Generational Move

By James Florence, Diamond Certified Resource Reporter

SAN FRANCISCO — As a second-generation mover, Andy Zhang looks back on the origin of his industry involvement. “My dad started Fast N’ Reliable Moving in 1994,” he recounts. “He was previously in the restaurant business, but after being laid off he went into the moving industry, where he worked for a few years before branching off on his own. I started working with him when I was 20, and when he decided to retire in 2004, I took over as owner of the company.”

Today, Andy says his favorite part of his job is the variety. Read more

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Packing for an Efficient Move
SAN FRANCISCO —When planning for a move, most homeowners make an effort to be prepared by packing their household items ahead of time. However, to ensure an efficient move, it’s important to pack properly. One packing rule is… Read more