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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How To Repair That Wobbly Stool

By Robert Robillard

Repairing a Wobbly Bar Stool “Stop leaning back” I never thought I’d be echoing my parents words but I do. I have LEAN-ers….. My kids love to lean back when sitting on the counter stools, and house chairs. Not only is it dangerous, it drive me crazy because the pressure on the rear legs always…

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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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Adding A Handrail Support

By Robert Robillard

Supporting A  Wobbly Handrail Quick Fix Image: allposters।com I get many calls for loose handrails. Often times the least invasive and most cost effective solution is achieved by adding a handrail support in the middle span of the railing. Support The Middle Span The reason for this is that many times the middle section is…

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How to Maintain Your Refrigerator

By Robert Robillard

How to Clean Your Refrigerator’s Condenser Coil and Other Tips Simple maintenance and cleaning procedures can greatly extend the life and efficiency of your refrigerator. Tools Needed:   Flashlight Vacuum with nozzle attachment Coil cleaning brush Damp cloths or paper towels Screwdriver (depends on model) Something to protect the floor, such as a cardboard, furniture…

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Door Latch Problems

By Robert Robillard

Dealing With A door That Does Not Close or Latch You’re trying to close a door in your house and it won’t latch. Or you have to lift or put a shoulder into the door in order to get it to latch or lock.   Most likely you have an alignment issue at the strike or…

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Installing A Door With A Spring Loaded Hinge

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Swinging Butler Door On this project I was asked by to change out a 6-panel solid wood swinging “Butlers Door” with a 15-lite [15 panes of glass] door.   Installing a swinging door with a spring loaded hinge.   This installation is a bit different than other doors. What is A Butler Door? A “Butler…

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