Baby Sitting Safety Tips

By Robert Robillard

My daughter has recently asked me when would she be old enough to babysit other children. This got me thinking about baby sitting safety tips. I practice many of these tips with my babysitter and plan on teaching them to my daughters when the time comes. Here’s a Few Baby-Sitting Safety Tips: 1. Take your…

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Unstable Deck

By Robert Robillard

Unstable Deck Causes Discussed: Question Anonymous said… Hi, I found your notes through Ask.com, and I thought you might help me with a problem. We’ve built a 12 ft. by 14 ft. deck to hold a 500 lb. playhouse. We sunk posts at each corner and in the center, but it still wobbles. We basically…

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BookShelf Nosing

By Robert Robillard

Replacing Shelf Nosing On a recent project the decorator wanted to change the existing bookshelf  nosing.   To accomplish this she simply wanted to use the existing shelves and only change out the nosing. Purpose of Shelf Nosing The old nosing was a 1 1/4″ oak band that was glued and nailed to the shelving. Adding…

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Installing A Basement Entry Drain

By Robert Robillard

Basement Door Drain On June 4th, 2009 I posted on a project I had done a few years ago. It was called, “Cutting A Door In A Concrete Foundation.”  During this project I suggested to the client the necessity of installing basement entry drain. As a result of some questions I recently received on that…

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Risk Reduction

By Robert Robillard

Risk Reduction Safety Tips In Daily Travel Crime involves three things: desire, ability and opportunity. Unfortunately, we can not control someones desire or their ability to commit a crime, but we can remove the opportunity and potentially avoid becoming a victim by practicing risk reduction. In order to avoid being victim or a “target of…

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1890 Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Recycled Mantle Some of you may remember an earlier post where I had rescued an 1890 Fireplace Mantle from the dumpster. The mantle is circa 1890 [click on photo below] and was built by the famous mantel maker Irvine & Casson, 150 Boylston Street Boston, Ma. [click on photo to enlarge] I recently found a…

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Deck Ledger Flashing

By Robert Robillard

The Importance of Deck Ledger Flashing: Recently I have been spending my time working up off of Monument Street performing exterior rot replacement in anticipation of having the house  painted. This normally means going over the house with a fine tooth comb looking for problem areas to fix. Deck ledger flashing problem areas typically seem…

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What lessons do you hope to instill in your kids?

By Robert Robillard

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