Risk Reduction

By Robert Robillard

Risk Reduction Safety Tips In Daily Travel Crime involves three things: desire, ability and opportunity. Unfortunately, we can not control someones desire or their ability to commit a crime, but we can remove the opportunity and potentially avoid becoming a victim by practicing risk reduction. In order to avoid being victim or a “target of…

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1890 Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Recycled Mantle Some of you may remember an earlier post where I had rescued an 1890 Fireplace Mantle from the dumpster. The mantle is circa 1890 [click on photo below] and was built by the famous mantel maker Irvine & Casson, 150 Boylston Street Boston, Ma. [click on photo to enlarge] I recently found a…

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Deck Ledger Flashing

By Robert Robillard

The Importance of Deck Ledger Flashing: Recently I have been spending my time working up off of Monument Street performing exterior rot replacement in anticipation of having the house  painted. This normally means going over the house with a fine tooth comb looking for problem areas to fix. Deck ledger flashing problem areas typically seem…

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What lessons do you hope to instill in your kids?

By Robert Robillard

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Closet Door Upgrade

By Robert Robillard

Replacing Bi-fold Doors With A Double  Doors BEFORE: AFTER: A customer recently asked me to remove a double bi-fold door and come up with a better alternative for their entry hall way closet.  This area was in need of a closet door upgrade. Seems that the bi-fold doors always fell off it’s track and were…

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Recycled cast metal floor grilles

By Robert Robillard

I recently came across these really cool floor registers and drain grates and I felt it was a worthy product to blog about.  People don’t often think about recycled cast metal floor grilles but they are usually better built then today’s versions. The company, Iron Age Designs offers creative decorative register grates based on popular…

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What is green remodeling?

By Robert Robillard

Green Remodeling People often talk about building green but what is green remodeling?  Green remodeling is a thinking approach to remodeling with the goal of making the home, its envelope and its mechanical systems work more efficiently with the goal of sustainability. To live sustainably, the Earth’s resources must be used at a rate at…

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Pollen Tec Screen Fabric

By Robert Robillard

Pollen Tec Screen The PollenTec Screen was introduced in 2007 and is now available for the first time in North America by Screens inc of Phoenix Arizona. The Pollen Tec Screen Fabric allows fresh air to flow into your rooms while filtering out up to 100% of pollens. Tests verified that 100% of grass pollens,…

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