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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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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