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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Warmup Pipe Freeze Protection Heating Cable

By Robert Robillard

How To Install Warmup Heat Tracing Cable Every winter approximately 250,000 American families have one or more rooms in their homes ruined by water pipes freezing and breaking, according to State Farm Fire and Casualty Co. With temperatures dropping during the winter months, freezing pipes are always a major concern for homeowners, businesses and industry…

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7 DIY Home Repairs

By Robert Robillard

7 Common Home Repairs You Can Do By Yourself Regardless of whether you live in a brand new home or not, you are bound to come across a few things that need fixing every now and again. Whilst some of us may have the instinctual habit to get out our toolbox and try and fix…

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Home Maintenance Checklist

By Robert Robillard

  Image: http://www.inspectamerica.com/ Preventative Maintenance Checklist Preventative maintenance, takes time and costs money, but it is still more cost effective than the crisis du jour approach of waiting until something breaks and then scrambling to have it repaired. Take the time to look at this home maintenance checklist and save time, money and aggravation. Why…

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