Do I Need A Building Permit

By Robert Robillard

Image: parks.ci.lubbock.tx.us Building Permit Considerations A frequent question often asked is “should I get a building permit?” Building codes have been established by most cities and towns and can vary considerably from one jurisdiction to another. A building permit is a document issued by a city or town building department to insure changes to structures…

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Building a Firewood Shed

By Robert Robillard

Steps On Building A Wood Storage Shed:   Keeping firewood dry is critical to a successful fire. There is nothing worse than wanting a warm fire in your fireplace or wood stove and finding out that your firewood is wet or damp. What’s even worse is having to shovel a foot of snow off a…

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Repair A Cracked Masonry Wall With Helical Reinforcing Rods

By Robert Robillard

Masonry Wall Repair Dear Concord Carpenter, I have to repair this cracked wall and have never done this before, so I’m asking for your guidance. I am looking for your comments & suggestions for an appropriate fix without completely rebuilding the stairs & retaining wall. How would you approach this repair? Would you excavate the crack…

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Installing door weather stripping

By Robert Robillard

  How To Fix That Leaky Door! Recently I have been to two customers houses to look at “leaky” exterior doors. One of these clients actually thought and was prepared to replace the door at a cost of $3200.00. Turned out that both of these doors needed new weather seals installed. Installing Door Weather Stripping…

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Planning A Remodel

By Robert Robillard

Remodeling Tips to Avoid Problems Planning a remodel is often not taken seriously. Old houses are notorious for often having obsolete systems and failing, sometimes unsafe structural components, lacking insulation or energy efficient system. To the trained eye an old house renovation is an opportunity to restore old life to a home but to others…

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Electric Radiant Floor Heating

By Robert Robillard

Electric Radiant Heat New England mornings can tempt some of the toughest to roll over, turn off the alarm clock and go back to sleep. Getting out of bed and stepping onto a cold wood or tile floor can send chills up your spine and set the mood for the day. Research is showing that…

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EcoStud

By Robert Robillard

EcoStud Track & Stud Framing System I first saw the EcoStud Track & Stud System at a trade show.  I was intrigued it’s innovative and practical approach to solving  interior, non-load bearing walls or partitions. EcoStud is made from 100% recycled resin (post-consumer and post-industrial content), and is ideal in moisture prone environments like basements…

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Re-glazing Clawfoot Tub vs Replacement

By Robert Robillard

 Reglaze vs. remodeling? I’m a huge fan of saving old, antique bathroom fixtures. A few weeks ago I attended the 2011 Boston Home show and spoke to Stephen Verbeek from Talon Reglaze about re-glazing vs. remodeling. According to Steve you can save 80% from re-glazing a tub and tile surrounds when comparing that to the…

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