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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Porch Column Replacement

By Robert Robillard

Replacing A Wood Column With A Fiberglass Column These 8″ round, wood, porch columns are approximately 15 years old and severely rotted. The lack of a gutter above didn’t help matters either.  this article will explain the steps necessary for a porch column replacement. Both porch column bases are completely rotted and a colony of…

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Maintaining Aluminum Railings

By Robert Robillard

Many folks these days have chose to use aluminum railings for the entry ways, decks and balconies as opposed to traditional wood or iron railings.  The attraction to theirs railings is usually based on one or more of these factors:  ease of install, lower cost, durability and low maintenance.  Maintaining aluminum railings is easier than…

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Habitat For Humanity ReStore

By Robert Robillard

Keeping Building Materials Out Of The Land Fill When you’re a carpenter you get all sorts of questions and requests for favors: How do I fix this? Can I borrow one of your tools? Is your pick-up truck free on Saturday? One recent request really got my attention. A good friend asked if I would…

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Reinforcing A Half Wall

By Robert Robillard

Best Way to Reinforce A Half Wall Whether you call it a half wall, knee wall or Pony wall the issue is the same.  What is the best way to go about reinforcing a half wall?   No one likes a wobbly wall or the cracked plaster and tile that result from it. We typically see half…

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Is Your Deck SAFE?

By Robert Robillard

Photo source: Simpson Strongtie Building A Safe Deck: It’s important to make sure your deck is built right and safe! Most experts agree that the average life expectancy of a wood deck is 10 to 15 years but we all know many decks that are still standing and alot older than that. It is estimated…

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Deck Sanding

By Robert Robillard

How Deck Sanding Can Improve Your Home’s Resale Value Did you know that deck sanding can dramatically increase the resale value of your home? This DIY tutorial teaches you how to do deck sanding easily. Real estate agents use many techniques to increase the resale value of homes and deck sanding is one of them.…

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