Replacing a Toilet

By Robert Robillard

How To Replace a Toilet Replacing a toilet is a straightforward task because the supply and waste pipes are already in position. If you want to relocate a toilet to a new position that will require rerouting pipes, and this is best done by a plumber. Below are some basic DIY steps for swapping out…

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Replacing Skylights When Re-Roofing

By Robert Robillard

Replacing Skylights When Reroofing – The Age Old Debate Skylights are a popular option for bringing natural light into a home and can transform a room, adding more light than a window.  Most roofers will recommend replacing your skylights when you re-roof. In our opinion, it’ the most cost-efficient way, and it allows you to…

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Building A Sliding Barn Door

By Robert Robillard

Building and Installing a Sliding Door Today it seems like every home décor magazine and Pinterest board is covered with sliding barn door ideas. Whether it’s a modern, industrial-style door or a more rustic, country design, or something in between, I am seeing more and more interest in this trend from clients. Sliding barn doors…

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Curb Appeal

By Robert Robillard

Selling or Flipping a House? Think Curb Appeal! Improving the curb appeal means making a quicker sale and also getting closer to your asking price. As a carpenter I frequently get called in to assist in this process from folks selling their home or flipping a house. Here’s what I’ve gleaned over the years: Secure Financing…

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Insulation, Ventilation and Vapor Barriers

By Jeff Kirk

Understanding the House as a System When it comes to either new home construction or larger scale renovations, homeowners are not always in tune with the technical side of the house construction process. Many folks tend to focus on the  big scale things that give the wow factor, such as the framing process, drywall, cabinets,…

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Preventing Pipes From Freezing

By Robert Robillard

How-To Avoid Freezing Pipes This winter is predicted to be a COLD one, and that means frozen water pipes….. brrrrrrr! Before it gets cold take a moment to evaluate your water pipes and take the precautions now and save from costly repairs later. Preventing pipes from freezing should be done at the time of construction,…

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Repairing A Window Shutter

By Robert Robillard

Repairing a Exterior Louvered Shutter – Wood Rot Shutters are considered low-hanging fruit when it comes to adding a splash of color or curb appeal to a home.  There are a few types of exterior window shutters: panel, louvered, board & batten, Bermuda and combination shutter styles. In this article, repairing a window shutter we…

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Compact Portable Table Saws

By Robert Robillard

The Cutting Edge  – A Mobile Contractor and Their Table Saw I often refer to myself as a carpenter but, in reality I’m a mobile contractor, moving from one project to the next, sometimes even two locations in one day. Many independent contractors work remotely, often on multiple projects at the same time The trades has…

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