Greg DiBernardo grew up in Bergen County, New Jersey, and is the owner of Fine Home Improvements of Waldwick and Bergen Decks. He took a circuitous route to construction. After college he worked in corporate marketing and advertising. But he had always been interested in tools and construction so he left his job, donned a tool belt, and became a contractor.

His first company, Fine Home Improvements of Waldwick focused on handyman work and small renovation projects. When the recession came on he adapted by founding Bergen Decks, which focuses on custom deck building. The company currently completes 40-50 projects per year.

Like most contractors, Greg learned from many people along the way – though much of what he learned came from reading books and articles, and researching best practices. He is an avid participant in online construction forums. If he had a motto it would be "don't accept doing something a certain way just because that's the way it has always been done."

In his spare time, Greg enjoys skiing, mountain biking, and spending in inordinate amount of time in front of electronic devices with internet access. He is a volunteer firefighter, softball coach, and a tinkerer extraordinaire. He currently lives in Waldwick, NJ with his wife and daughter.


Greg's Latest Articles

  • Gas Cans that Actually Work

    In 2009, the EPA adopted a California Air Resources Board (CARB) rule that banned the sale of traditional gas cans.

  • Ace Carpenter pants have an incredible number of loops, pockets, and other storage options. The Jubilee pants are similar but are made from a lighter fabric.

    Björnkläder Work Pants

    These Scandinavian-designed work pants have built-in sleeves for holding kneepads, waist-level nail pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets.

  • Björnkläder Work Pants

    Several years back I was at the JLC LIVE trade show and an exhibitor was selling Scandinavian-designed work pants that had built-in sleeves for holding knee pads, waist-level pouches, and all kinds of specialized pockets. I bought a couple of pairs and before long I had stopped wearing my old work...

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    A Deck Builder's Tool Kit

    These specialized tools boost productivity and quality.

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    Tool Test: 18-Volt Drill/Drivers

    Today's cordless drills are significantly better than the ones I used four or five years ago — they have more power and greater runtime, and take less time to charge. Many of them are lighter, too. The most obvious change has been the move from nicad to lithium-ion batteries, with lithium-ion...

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