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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The 3-4-5 Method For Squaring Corners

By Robert Robillard

Carpentry is not an exact science; it is a pragmatic approach to problem solving, building and repairing. My experience has taught me that a few basic principles guide us on what will or will not work. Plumb, Level and Square, is some of those principles. 3-4-5 Rule To Ensure Square Layouts Carpenters and builders often…

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Taking Photos During A Remodel

By Robert Robillard

Take pictures now – SAVE time later Several years ago I started taking mid-construction pictures of any remodeling projects I worked on with the intention of creating a digital record for future repairs or remodels.  Taking photos during a remodel has a lot of other benefits too, such as: Creating a website or portfolio Managing…

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Tight Fitting Miters

By Robert Robillard

Perfect Tight Fitting Miters Perfect tight fitting miters are only a small part of finish carpentry. Finish carpenters must develop an eye for proportion and detail.  They must learn to visualize the steps, to measure, mark and cut more accurately and work with smaller tolerances. It’s easy to misread the tape measure, confuse numbers and…

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