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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Copper Lantern Repair

By Robert Robillard

Copper Lamp Post Repair A client of mine has this beautiful copper lantern on a post in their front yard. This past winter heavy winds and pushed snow from the snow plow caused the solder joints holding the lantern seams together to break.  They asked if I was able to perform a copper lantern repair. …

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