Installing A Basement Entry Drain

By Robert Robillard

Basement Door Drain On June 4th, 2009 I posted on a project I had done a few years ago. It was called, “Cutting A Door In A Concrete Foundation.”  During this project I suggested to the client the necessity of installing basement entry drain. As a result of some questions I recently received on that…

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Deck Ledger Flashing

By Robert Robillard

The Importance of Deck Ledger Flashing: Recently I have been spending my time working up off of Monument Street performing exterior rot replacement in anticipation of having the house  painted. This normally means going over the house with a fine tooth comb looking for problem areas to fix. Deck ledger flashing problem areas typically seem…

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Replacing A Wood Porch Post

By Robert Robillard

Wood Column Replacement Wood columns can make a real statement, whether as part of a grand entrance way or a porch support.   Replacing a wood porch post was recently a task needed on one of my clients homes. This work was coordinated with Mark from O’Lalor Painting.  He and his crew will be following my…

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Ironing Board Storage Tip

By Robert Robillard

This post will show your our ironing board storage tip that can be deployed almost anywhere. FROM THIS: stuffing it in a corner.    Turn Unused Space Into An Iron board storage Rack TO THIS: mounted on the door and out of the way. In this small laundry closet the ironing board was stuffed to…

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Spring Maintenance Checklist

By Robert Robillard

Home Maintenance Checklist Fall and Spring cleaning are necessary to maintain a house and keep it in good condition.  No matter where you live, seasonal changes in temperature and moisture levels require special maintenance tasks.  Here is a Spring maintenance checklist to help you: turn off outside water bibs and remove hoses (fall), open hose…

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Replacing Window Screens

By Robert Robillard

Image: landlord-success.com Window Screen Replacement Why pay for re screening services when the task of replacing window screens is a relatively easy one that you can do yourself? Wood Screen Doors: For wood screens, remove the middle piece of screen molding and rip off the old screen. Pry off the old staples/tacks. Set the new…

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Flushing Two Boards

By Robert Robillard

Flushing Two Boards – Carpentry Tip Here’s a trick to get to pieces of lumber to line up when one of them is a bit twisted or bowed. You’ll need two hammers to do this. As shown in the photo, pre-start your nails. One hammer is used as a lever to pull the boards together…

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Rebuilding a Rotted Deck

By Robert Robillard

Deck Building And Repair Tips What Would Henry David Thoreau Say?  On my current project I am very privileged to be rebuilding a rotted deck on this magnificent and historical home.  It was Henry David Thoreau’s “Last House,” he died in this home in 1862. The house plaque reads: Henry David Thoreau: Died May 6,…

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