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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The 2010 Tool Guide

By Robert Robillard

2010 Tool Guide To my fellow carpenters and tradesmen, Fine Homebuilding has announced that their 2010 tool guide will be available this September. For me this time of the magazine equates to a child in a candy store. It’s the holy grail of tool guides, the most up-to-date, comprehensive, authoritative tool-buying guide you’ll find anywhere!…

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Avoid Moving By Remodeling

By Robert Robillard

Ready to Move? Consider Remodeling Instead Is your house feeling a bit cramped? Kitchen outdated? Need more bedrooms or need an office but don’t have one? Before photo by Concord Carpenter. After photo by Concord Carpenter According to the National Association of the Remodeling Industry (NARI), people are now trying to avoid moving by remodeling. …

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Recouping Costs of Remodeling

By Robert Robillard

Recouping Remodeling Costs What’s the payback for remodeling? Remodeling On-Line’s annual report compares construction cost with resale value for 25 common remodeling projects in 60 U.S. markets: Cost vs. Value Report 2006 Project and % Cost Recouped Mid-Range Attic Bedroom Remodel 79.90% Basement Remodel 78.80% Bathroom Addition 74.90% Bathroom Remodel 84.90% Deck Addition 76.80% Family…

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Apply Bead Board And Mantle To A Brick Fireplace

By Robert Robillard

Applying Bead Board to a Brick Fireplace A customer of mine had a large timber for a fireplace shelf and wanted something a little more traditional by apply bead board and mantle to a brick fireplace. Se saw a photo in a country Living of a tongue and groove back wall and fireplace mantle that…

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Doing Your Thing to Reduce Waste

By Robert Robillard

Reducing Business Waste Reducing your business waste is usually easy to initiate and will usually cost little to do.  Doing your thing to reduce waste means understanding how your business operates and studying the processes in which you do business.   Looking for more efficient procedures, processes and products. Improving waste management generally reduces the costs…

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How to Make A Home Office Child-friendly

By Robert Robillard

Child Safe Home Office In the residential remodeling world we occasionally get calls from folks asking us how to make a home office child-friendly. Most of the times we handle items such as securing heavy bookcases and tall display cases to the wall to prevent tipping hazards from inquisitive climbing children. The rest is usually…

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Repairing A Rotted Door Jamb

By Robert Robillard

Door Repair The door above is approximately 16 years old. The roof above does not have gutters so water drips down onto this door and oak threshold and has caused it to prematurely rot. This is a perfect spot for a rain divert-er or a gutter. The best we can do is replace the jamb…

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