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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Understanding Condensation in Your Home

By Robert Robillard

  Window Condensation What do houseplants, a boiling pot of pasta and your shower all have in common? They all add moisture to your home’s interior. And, while some humidity in the home is good, excessive moisture can be uncomfortable. “We often get calls from homeowners who are concerned that their windows are ‘sweating’ or…

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Five Curb Appeal Tips

By Robert Robillard

  Five Ways to Add Curb Appeal to Your Home   With the abundance of homes currently on the market, the buyer is king. Though home sales can be tough in this environment, there are several ways to stay ahead of the game, and it has everything to do with first impressions. Think about a…

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Filling Radiator Pipe Holes In Floors

By Robert Robillard

Patching Radiator Holes In Floors:  Antique Floors   Dear: Concord Carpenter, I recently removed several radiators from my 300 year old home. The floors are antique and I do not want to replace the floor boards if I don’t have to as I may be unlikely to replicate the patina. Do you have any creative…

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How To Clean Old Woodwork

By Robert Robillard

Cleaning Antique Woodwork . Dear Concord Carpenter, What is the best cleaning solution to use on antique woodwork (again, I’m talking about 8″ – 10″ hand-hewn beams and 22″ wide pine wainscoting. I believe they were hand waxed at one point- and I want to preserve the antiquity.  Any products you would recommend? Thanks and…

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Duct Cleaning

By Robert Robillard

Have you cleaned your air ducts before? If you home has air ducts it may be time to consider cleaning them.    Regularly replacing your HVAC air filter is great but over the years molds, allergens, lint and dirt can accumulate. Mold And Allergens: Build-up of mold and dust mites can breed and release spores, bacteria and other…

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Using Hydraulic Cement to Fix Basement Leaks

By Robert Robillard

Using Hydraulic Cement Many times people will ask me what to do about puddles or small leaks in their basement foundation wall. Often times the leak is outside rain water that seeps of “flows” through holes drilled in the foundation wall for electrical conduit, water lines or a sewer pipe.  The simplest solution is to…

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