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Waterproofing is the life for local contractor

Jillian De Lallo

Jim Grant / Tahoe Daily Tribune / Brett Cassidy specializes in industrial flooring, waterproofing and fire systems.

Name: Brett Cassidy

Age: 41

Occupation: Synthetic contractor, Cassidy Coatings & Surfacing Systems

Location: 2227 James Ave. Suite #3

Contact Information: (530) 544-4450

Describe what it is you do: I’m a synthetic contractor. I do waterproofing systems, industrial flooring and fire systems.

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How did you get into this profession? By mistake. We’ll leave it at that.

How long have you been in the business? 22 years.

What should people be aware of in this climate? Freeze/thaw cycles and ultraviolet are probably the two most harmful elements to anything in this climate.

When is the best time to weatherproof? Spring to mid-fall is probably the most optimal time.

How often should it be done? There are maintenance programs that vary anywhere from 5 to 10 years.

How has the industry changed since you first started? This industry’s come a long way. Becoming better and better with their systems.

What equipment is needed for your job? All kinds of stuff. Vacuum systems, diamond-grinding equipment for concrete, compressed air and a good back.

Are people new to the area aware of the extreme weather conditions and their effects? Elements are harsher here by far. People aren’t aware. They think they can just go to Home Depot. The temperature swings take a tremendous toll on different types of materials.

What can people do for home maintenance in between times they need to call on you? Next month we’re coming out with a video. It’s a general overview of epoxy flooring for garages, waterproofing deck systems and decorative concrete coating. A do-it-yourself video.

Where can people purchase this video? http://www.thegooguy.com

Where are you from? Sonoma. I lived in Santa Barbara for eight years and moved here in 1998.

What brought you to Tahoe? To raise a family. My wife Debbie and three kids: Katelyn, 16; Bryce, 4; and Brooke, 2.

What do you like to do in your spare time? Work. I don’t have any spare time. I work in the yard, spend time with my children. We just built a new house, so there’s a lot of stuff to do.

Where is your favorite place to be and why? Can I have two? The ocean, that’s an easy one – or a trout stream. They’re about the only two places I can shut my mind out.

What’s the last book you’ve read? “Real Estate Riches.” It’s about how to purchase real estate.

Are you interested in real estate? I have a property at the ocean and a property here.

What is your guiding philosophy? Ethics. Honesty. Integrity. Sincerity.

What makes for a successful business? Devotion, dedication and an understanding wife. You have to be faithful to yourself, your business and your customers. You have to do what you say you’re going to do.

– Do you know an interesting person who would make a good interview for this column? Write to Tribune city editor Jeff Munson at jmunson@tahoedailytribune.com