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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Removing Bearing Walls

By Robert Robillard

Removing Load Bearing Walls Many people these days are opting to remove walls between rooms and create a more open floor plan.  In a similar fashion we are also seeing a lot of people ask for doorways to be enlarged as much larger trimmed openings,  sometimes two or three times the size of the original…

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Door Hinge Problems

By Robert Robillard

  Door Swings Open or Shut On Own – quick fix   Image: rd.com I’ve worked on a lot of old houses, and a few new ones, where the doors refuse to stay open or open by themselves when closed and not latched. Usually this problem can be traced back to loose hinges screws or…

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Should You Hire A Contractor

By Robert Robillard

Benefits of Doing It Yourself VS. Benefits of Hiring a Contractor Whether remodeling your kitchen, building a bathroom addition or simply repairing a screen door repairing things yourself can be rewarding and cost effective.   Depending on your level of expertise you need to decide whether or not it makes sense to tackle a project yourself…

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Refurbishing Old Radiators

By Robert Robillard

Salvaging  Steam Radiators Many homes in the Town of Concord, where I do remodeling,  have free standing, cast iron radiators.  Recently there has been a large push toward refurbishing old radiators. Many of these beautifully decorative iron radiators that are often buried under layers of paint.  Old, chipped paint is not only an eyesore but…

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Remodeling Pointers

By Robert Robillard

Remodeling Tips There’s a ton of stuff to read out there that portrays the remodeling process as fun, glamorous and exciting. What’s missing is the stressful, rutted path that most remodelers travel to achieve a great looking finished project. Many problems and surprises are common to the remodeling process. A little mental preparation will go…

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