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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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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