How to Fasten Furring Strips to Concrete

By Robert Robillard

Workshop Tip:  Applying Plywood To Concrete, Brick or Block Wall Adding a wall finish to a concrete wall can be more that applying paint.   There are many situations where one would want to cover over a brick, concrete, or block walls.  This article will discuss how to fasten furring strips to concrete, brick or block…

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Securing Partition Walls To Concrete

By Robert Robillard

Using Large Diameter Tapcon Screws to Secure A Partition Pool House Wall As a residential contractor I used Tapcon screws, a brand well known, for their excellent masonry holding power.    Tapcons are simple to use and have quickly become a go-to masonry fastener when securing partition walls to concrete. When used properly, Tapcon masonry fasteners…

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Remodeling a Mudroom

By Robert Robillard

Mudroom Makeover Today is the last day on this remodeling a mudroom project.  In the previous article we discussed adding a mudroom door and tile. The slate had received two coats of sealer and grout was installed on a prior day. Today we are here to install the wood wainscoting and storm door. OK, one…

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Mudroom Door and Tile

By Robert Robillard

Mudroom Makeover On this part of the project we will discuss a installing a new mudroom door and tile.   Prior to this we discussed tile removal and tile underlayment in our article Mudroom Makeover. Adding Plinth Blocks Day 2 actually started the night before in the shop gluing up poplar to make plinth blocks.   A…

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Mudroom Makeover

By Robert Robillard

Mudroom Improvements Generally, a mud room has easily cleaned floors made in materials like tile, concrete, or Linoleum.   A  mudroom makeover need not break the bank and can be as simple as trim and shelving.  Or more involved like new flooring, fixtures and built-ins. Mudroom Necessities A well designed mud room also has ample hooks…

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Ceiling Repair Tips

By Robert Robillard

Repairing Ceiling Cracks Ceilings sustian damage from many things.  Sometimes an old ceiling will sag and pull away from the rafters or ceiling joist.  Other times a water leak causes the ceiling to sag. It might simply be a settling crack or as you say the ceiling could be separating from the ceiling framing. Here…

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Preventing Water In Basement

By Robert Robillard

Tip For Preventing Water In Basements I’ve had clients ask me about water in their basement.  During heavy rainfalls they get water coming in where the concrete floor meets the walls. Also the concrete in the walls appear to have some flaking. Water in your basement can come from a lot of places; many times…

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Water Damage and Mold

By Robert Robillard

Ice Dam and Water Leaks and Mold It happens every year,we get calls from clients with active ice dam leaks pouring water into their homes. What Are Ice Dams? By know I’m sure your familiar that ice dams occur in regions with deep snow and colder temperatures. Additionally, complex roof structures that trap snow, inadequate…

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