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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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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