Cleaning Stone Masonry

By Jeff Williams

Cleaning Stone Masonry Stone is a building material as old as man himself. It was used as the some of the first tools as well. It is a very durable and attractive material. I works very well to construct building facades. It is attractive by itself or when used as an accent in a brick…

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Common Mortar Joint Profiles

By Jeff Williams

Common Mortar Joint Profiles Next time you’re out and about take a look at the masonry buildings near where you work and live. Do the mortar joints disappear into the brick and stone or do they contribute to the look of the facade? Are they recessed from the surface or are they proud of the…

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Temporary Job Site Safety

By Jeff Williams

Temporary Job Site Safety In the masonry restoration industry we almost never have the luxury of working on unoccupied buildings. The job site is always at schools, condos, office, or church buildings. Buildings that have people living or working in them at all hours of the day. When working on buildings of this type, not only is…

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Repairing Rotted Window Sills

By Robert Robillard

Repairing Rotted Window Sills With Dutchman Patches Look at any wood exterior building and you’ll notice that the windowsills take a beating form mother nature. Windowsills by design are sloped but still basically a horizontal shelf where water and snow can accumulate. Add to that a house without gutters and you’re a candidate for windowsill…

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How To Build Exterior Shutters

By Robert Robillard

Building Exterior Shutters Written by Justin Prewitt This article discusses how to build exterior shutters. In my neck of the wood most of the homes have shutters as part of their aesthetic design.   The overall elevation of a house is the first thing folks see when they approach a home and is a major part…

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Exterior Door Flashing Issue

By Robert Robillard

 Door flashing and Weather-Resistant Construction: On a recent project we were hired to replace the pressure treated decking and railing on a porch and replace everything with mahogany.  A pretty straightforward project, or at least that’s what I thought.  The door was leaking at the sill and had an exterior door flashing issue.While removing the…

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Door Replacement

By Robert Robillard

Replacing a Front Door:  It’s Never As EASY… As It First Appears!   BEFORE PHOTO The red door below is circa 1940. The bottom rail was cracked and the door did not close / seal well and was leaking air, a perfect candidate for a door replacement. The homeowners were replacing the old damaged oak…

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Cupola Renovation

By Robert Robillard

Rebuilding A Cupola A Challenging, Exciting and Rewarding Project!  The cupola pictured in this article is located on top of 57-59 Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts.                   Time For A Paint Job? Many folks see buildings and structures looking shabby and assume a coat of paint is…

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