Cleaning Stone Masonry

By Jeff Williams

Cleaning Stone Masonry Stone is a building material as old as man himself. It was used as the some of the first tools as well. It is a very durable and attractive material. I works very well to construct building facades. It is attractive by itself or when used as an accent in a brick…

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Curb Appeal

By Robert Robillard

Selling or Flipping a House? Think Curb Appeal! Improving the curb appeal means making a quicker sale and also getting closer to your asking price. As a carpenter I frequently get called in to assist in this process from folks selling their home or flipping a house. Here’s what I’ve gleaned over the years: Secure Financing…

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Laying Out Kitchen Cabinets

By Robert Robillard

Tips For Laying Out Kitchen Cabinets Installing Kitchen Cabinets Laying out kitchen cabinets can be a easy or hard, it all depends on the steps you follow. Probably the best tip for laying out kitchen cabinets is to make sure they are all on site prior to removing the existing kitchen, if remodeling, and to…

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Bosch 18 Volt LED Work Light

By Josh Bordenca

Bosch  18 Volt LED Work Light Review BLI18V-420Cost $54.95-62.56 I had the opportunity to look at the Bosch 18 Volt LED Work Light.  Whether you’re a tradesman, DIYer, or weekend warrior you have at one time or another have used so me form of portable lighting.  From power outages, initial stage job sites, camping, or dimly lit closets or…

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Custom Wood Screen and Storm Door

By Robert Robillard

Making A Wood Screen and Storm French Door A storm door is very much part of a home’s curb appeal. We were recently asked to replace an existing combination screen and storm door on a client’s house. The existing door was constructed out of pine and had metal clips that held the screen or storm…

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Shaker Profile Cabinet Doors

By Robert Robillard

Building Cabinet Doors I recently was asked to make a built-in cabinet for a bathroom remodel. The bathroom vanity that the client purchased had Shaker style doors; which featured flat panels and beveled styles and rails I was taught to use cope and stick joinery because it makes a good looking and sturdy frame for…

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Cedar Flower Boxes

By Robert Robillard

Cedar Window Boxes For the last year or so I’ve wanted to replace the old beat up Pine flower boxes hanging on my shed. Today, while cleaning my workshop, I found some scrap cedar which was exactly what I needed to build new cedar flower boxes. Sourcing Material I like using Cedar because it’s naturally insect and…

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Insulation, Ventilation and Vapor Barriers

By Jeff Kirk

Understanding the House as a System When it comes to either new home construction or larger scale renovations, homeowners are not always in tune with the technical side of the house construction process. Many folks tend to focus on the  big scale things that give the wow factor, such as the framing process, drywall, cabinets,…

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