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…

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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…

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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.…

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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…

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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…

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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…

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Screen Porch Rot Repair

By Robert Robillard

The last part of this project involved screen porch rot repair.  This screen porch door jamb was to far gone.  As a result of rot I chose to replace the entire door jamb with 2 by cedar material. There was also structural rot in the support post framing and trim.   See small patch between…

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KLEERWRAP Postwraps

By Robert Robillard

KLEERWRAP Postwraps Save Installation Time and Money KleerWrap  a Westfield, Massachusetts company and American manufacturer of cellular PVC trim products, decking, moldings, and PVC sheet stock recently introduced  an easy, cost-effective and fast way to wrap support posts with PVC trim. Called the  KLEERWrap Post Wrap, all a contractor has to do is cut the…

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