A Carpenters Vacation In Provincetown MA

By Robert Robillard

Vacation In Provincetown Ma After dropping the kids off for two weeks of summer camp, my wife and I spontaneously decided to take off of work, reschedule appointments and head off to vacation in Provincetown MA for a few days. Getting There Our first stop was Hyannis to visit blogger friend ConcordPastor, then off to…

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Job Site Vise

By Robert Robillard

Securing Materials, Two Quick Job Site Vises Here is an inexpensive, versatile job site vise or bench vise for securing workpieces on the job site for operations like cutting a mortise, planing or fussing with finish work. Wedge Jig: To build this useful job-site vise, simply screw a rectangular scrap of wood to your bench…

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Attic Remodeling

By Robert Robillard

Unfinished Attics A Remodeling Opportunity Need more living space or storage room? If the answer is yes, your solution may be above your head. An attic conversion can provide your home with a uniquely designed space to serve a range of functions— an extra bedroom/bath suite, guest room, office, family room, exercise room, or hobby…

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How Long Trash Takes To Degrade

By Robert Robillard

  How Long Does It Take For Trash To Decompose Have you ever wondered how long litter takes to break down?  I often hear people say that  some trash item will take years to degrade in a landfill.  Have you ever thought just how long trash takes to degrade? The surprising thing is I bet…

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Installing Wainscoting

By Robert Robillard

Designing With Wainscoting Trim Probably one of my favorite finish carpentry activities is installing wainscoting.   An even better activity is to make raised panel wainscoting in the shop and later install it onsite. Wainscoting is a broad term referring to trim that is added to the bottom quarter of the wall. The type of material…

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How to Loosen Stubborn Nuts And Bolts

By Robert Robillard

Loosen Rusty Bolts Ever go crazy trying to get a rusted nut or bolt loose? I have. A simple tip for dealing with how to loosen stubborn nuts and bolts that have rusted solid bolts is to employ heat, penetrating oil and tapping with a hammer. These tips will un-stick most nuts and bolts in…

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How To Improve Your Garage Lighting

By Robert Robillard

Workshop Lighting Whether your looking to improve the lighting in your garage workshop or just want better lighting in your existing garage, removing the bare-bulb porcelain fixtures and replacing each with an 4ft or 8ft fluorescent fixture per vehicle space will greatly improve the lighting in your garage and use LESS electricity than conventional incandescent…

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How to Work With Your Contractor

By Robert Robillard

Working With A Contractor Establishing and maintaining good working relationships is important to all of us in life and also in the remodeling process. Many of us consider ourselves calm, reasonable and understanding people but remodeling our homes can stress out even the most Zen like of us. You know what I mean, that old…

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