Veranda Armorguard vs Weathershield Decking

By Robert Robillard

Outdoor Living When entertaining the favorite hangout in my home always seemed to be the kitchen. There seems to be a magnetic pull to the kitchen, especially when my wife is in there entertaining the crowd with her culinary skills and great sense of humor. A sense of humor, I might add, sometimes at my…

Continue reading »

How to Repair Concrete Deck Anchor Bolt

By Robert Robillard

How To Replace A Deck Footing Threaded Bolts Even the best carpenters I know sometimes pour a footing that is off or place the threaded J-bolt [anchor bolt] in the wrong location.  This article will show you how to repair concrete deck anchor bolt when placed in the wrong location. Concrete Footings and J-Bolts Concrete…

Continue reading »

Installing Deck Footings

By Robert Robillard

What’s Important when Installing Deck Footings If you want your wooden deck posts to be dead center in the middle of the concrete footing, then you need to have the outline of the deck built and suspended in the air.  Installing deck footings is very simple to do. Trick for Lining Up the Footings My…

Continue reading »

Poly Classic Columns

By Robert Robillard

Photo: Concord Carpenter. Used poly classic columns. Fiberglass-Reinforced Polymer Columns In the world of residential and commercial remodeling I repair and replace a lot of columns and have recently been leaning ion using Poly Classic columns.  [See:  How To Replace A Porch Column] Decorative house columns have returned to popularity not only for traditional homes…

Continue reading »

Building A Step For A Dog Door

By Robert Robillard

Pet Door Step Project: I decided to install a dog door in my home for my two dogs.   The idea was purely selfish as my family and I were getting tired of getting up from the couch to let the dogs in and out.  Its rough enough with one dog but obviously doubles with two.…

Continue reading »

Porch Railings

By Robert Robillard

Converting a porch half wall to porch railings This story starts with a homeowner asking us to repair a half wall on their front porch.  After discovering a lot of rot the customer then decided the house and porch would look better with full length posts and porch railings. Supporting the roof: Supporting the porch…

Continue reading »

How to Stain A Deck With Thompson’s Waterseal

By Robert Robillard

Thompson’s Waterproofing Stain – Exclusively Available at Wal-Mart Whether you just built a new deck or want to protect and revitalize an existing fence, maintenance of outdoor wood structures is paramount to keeping them looking beautiful. Protecting your outdoor structures requires some sort of waterproofing, which can be accomplished with an oil or a wood sealer, and since almost all…

Continue reading »

Choosing The Best Fence And Deck Materials

By Robert Robillard

Choosing Material For Outdoor Projects: If you’ve been staring at your tired or failing deck this summer and wish you could replace it, but are unsure where to start. This brief tutorial will get your outdoor project off the ground. Whether you want to build a deck, repair an existing porch, or want to add…

Continue reading »

© Copyright 2017 A Concord Carpenter · All Rights Reserved