Screen Porch Bead Board Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

How to Install Bead Board on a Screen Porch Ceiling Historically, bead board was a durable, basic wall or ceiling finish that was common by the 1880s and was also popular in cottages, camps and unheated buildings. Screen Porch Bead Board Ceiling We recently built a screen porch for a client who wanted a bead…

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Replacing a Load-Bearing Beam With A Flush Beam

By Robert Robillard

Removing a Load-Bearing Wall or Exposed Beam Replacing a load-bearing beam with a flush beam was our mission last week. The client had an existing wood beam with two posts connected to his kitchen island and didn’t like seeing the posts. The decision was made to install a beam that would span the entire kitchen…

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Basement Insulation – Best Practice To Avoid Mold

By Robert Robillard

Basement Insulation – Best Practices A basement remodel project is one of the most popular choices when choosing a home improvement project.  In fact, you can potentially achieve upward of 70% return on investment (ROI) when done correctly. The ability to expand your living space while staying within your home’s existing footprint can have huge…

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Repairing Barn Support Posts

By Robert Robillard

Saving A Barn From Falling In: I was recently asked to reside a barn that had decaying siding.  The main reason for this decay and rot was directly related to the fact that the barn did not have gutters which resulted in the bottom third of the siding to prematurely wear away and rot.  I…

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RYOBI cordless compact one handed reciprocating saw

By ralph mroz

RYOBI cordless compact one handed reciprocating saw The ryobi cordless compact one handed reciprocating saw is a good example of the constant innovation in the tool industry.  New tools are introduced every year, and sometimes new kinds of tools are introduced.  A new kind of tool that’s proven extremely useful and welcome these last couple…

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Installing Snow Melting Mats

By Michael Hopp

Warmup Snow Melting Mats Review Winter in New England brings snow, ice and a sled load of safety issues to your driveway and walkways.  With Snow Melting Mats, old man winter is an issue of the past.  Snow melting mats can be placed under asphalt, concrete and pavers. Installing Warmup Snow Melting Mats We use Warmup…

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Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit

By Robert Robillard

  Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit w/ Packout 49-56-9295 I’m always struggling with being more organized, which leads to being more efficient. This article is not a tool review but a story of how I reduced clutter, weight, and increased space in my tool trailer by using the Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit. Re-thinking…

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RYOBI 1800 PSI/1.2 GPM compact power washer

By ralph mroz

RYOBI 1800 PSI/1.2 GPM Electric Pressure Washer At over eight pounds per gallon, moving water is a very effective energy transfer medium, which is why something like the RYOBI 1800 PSI/1.2 GPM compact pressure washer is so effective.  Water was the first power source for industry, and still today powers much of the electricity produced.…

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