Window Sill Rot

By Robert Robillard

Window Sill Repair Window Planter Boxes Look Nice BUT Are NOT Good for Your House! The house pictured below has beautiful flower window beds which usually have flowers blooming all Spring, summer and even early fall. In order to keep these flowers watered the homeowner had a drip irrigation system installed to automatically water the…

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Tip To Conserve Water

By Robert Robillard

Water Conservation The United States has doubled its water consumption in the past 50 years  with many states facing shortages.    Conservation of water is more and more important as our population and consumption grows.  This article will give you a few tips to conserve water! Tips to Conserve Water Small  adjustments in how we use…

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Solar Powered Charging Stations

By Robert Robillard

Solar Flowers In Boston Last Sunday while walking to Fenway Park to see the Redsox I spied a weird site near the Prudential Mall. It was a display of huge metal flower with seating for 10 people. Upon closer inspection I realized that this flower had solar panels are mounted on pedals of giant metal…

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Protecting A House From Dust During Construction

By Robert Robillard

Photo: Zip wall product from blakeproducts.com Controlling Remodeling and Construction Dust In recent posts I have discussed the importance of controlling job site dust and keeping a clean work site.   Protecting a house from dust during construction happens before the job starts. Educating The Client: Take the time to include wording in your contract detailing…

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Trenching Your Lawn Without Damage

By Robert Robillard

Digging Trenches Often in remodeling and construction I find myself needing to dig a utility trench in the lawn.  Trenching your lawn without damage is possibly if your careful and methodical. Photo: ConcordCarpenter digging away! Why Do We dig Trenches? Some of the circumstances that come to mind are electrical wires to outdoor light posts,…

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Porch Repair

By Robert Robillard

Repairing Rot On A Porch Today was spent repairing this porch. Most of the rot we found on this porch repair can be attributed to the lack of gutters on the roof above and drip irrigation. Sprinklers Cause Accelerated Rot The hanging plants also have automatic “drip irrigation” watering hoses. One morning I observed these…

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Low-flow Shower Head

By Robert Robillard

Water Conservation There’s a chance you’ve used a new low-flow shower head and don’t even know it. . . that’s the point. These units use air to deliver the same robust performance as a traditional shower head, but with a flow rate of 1 gallon per minute as opposed to 3.5 gallons a minute. Think…

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Hidden Fountain Cost

By Robert Robillard

Photo of hidden fountain by ConcordCarpenter [click on photo to enlarge] Since posting on how I built this hidden fountain I have been asked by friends and customers how much it cost to build. If you missed that post I have included them at the bottom of this one. More specifically I’m asked the question;…

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