Repairing Greek Cornice Roof Returns

By Robert Robillard

Image: www.in.gov/dnr/images Repairing Greek Revival Cornice Roof Returns The Greek Revival roof return style emulated the temple forms of ancient Greece, resulting in the creation of straightforward, box-like buildings we see in historic towns of America.   Most Greek Revival buildings have substantial cornices that extended into gable ends as “returns.” Below picture: this house…

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How To Maintain An Air Conditioner

By Robert Robillard

Maintaining An Air Conditioner Keeping your central air conditioner running in top shape during the super hot days means you need to maintain it.  This article will explain the how to maintain an air conditioner. Air conditioner problems often start when the compressor or condenser coil becomes so blocked up with dirt that the hot…

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How to Cut An Opening In A Non-Bearing Wall

By Robert Robillard

How to Cut an Opening in a Non-Load Bearing, Internal Wall Cutting a door or interior look-through window in an interior wall can be an easy and straightforward project. This article will discuss the basics surrounding how to cut an opening in a non-bearing wall. The hardest and arguably most important part of this project…

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Custom Radiator Covers

By Robert Robillard

Installing Custom Radiator Covers Radiator covers or enclosures are a simple, inexpensive way to instantly brighten your rooms and add shelf space and “HEAT UP” your decor. Decorator Sandra Stout from Creative Design Solutions [978-505-7447] came up with the idea to cover the radiators in this home. All together we will have covered six radiators…

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How to Replace a Basement Window

By Robert Robillard

Basement window Replacement Most homes with full basements have small rectangle style basement foundation windows. If your house is older, chances are that these windows are wood, and may need replacing.  This article will focus on how to replace a wood basement window. Replacing a basement window is a fairly straightforward process and can save…

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Repair A Rotted Porch Column

By Robert Robillard

Structural Porch Column Rot Repair What do ants and porch columns have in common? The best answer should be nothing, but we know better…. Columns add charm, personality and beauty to walkways, decks, landings and porches. Many of the homes where I live have beautifully turned wood posts as structural posts for porches. Unfortunately because…

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Adding Joist Hangers To Old Joists

By Robert Robillard

Supporting floor joists with joist hangers: This house was built in 1863. Back then there was a lot less furniture and heavy appliances to add to the dead load on floor joists.  Adding Joist Hangers To Old Joists is a good preventative measure to beef up the structure of your home. Old Notched Joists Many…

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Improve Home Security When Remodeling

By Robert Robillard

Enhancing Your Home’s Security with DIY Remodeling Projects Home construction projects, regardless of their eventual outcome, begin with the intent of making one’s home more beautiful, more valuable, and more impressive. But some of the best remodeling projects are actually those that strive to improve the overall home security when remodeling. Each year millions of…

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