Repairing a Rotting Deck

By Robert Robillard

Wood Deck Repair Repairing a Rotting Deck: at Henry David Thoreau’s Historic Home Day 2 involved addressing the rotted corner board and damaged clapboards. the corner boards were removed back to the nearest joint. Although sometimes necessary, I dislike installing small or short patches of trim and always opt for breaking boards back to the…

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Fire damages Concord’s Fritz and Gigi’s, Churchill Flowers

By Robert Robillard

The below update is from Stephanie Stillman, Executive Director of the Concord Chamber of Commerce. For additional info, go to the Concord Journal’s story about the fire. As many of you may already know, another long-loved Concord business has suffered a loss due to a fire. Fritz and Gigi: The Children’s Shop, formerly Kussin’s, was…

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Solar Powered Trash Bins

By Robert Robillard

Boston’s Trash Bins Go Solar  Yesterday for Mother’s day my kids and I took my wife to the Isabella Stewart Gardner Museum.  While walking on the sidewalk near the museums entrance we noticed a solar powered trash compactors in place of a trash barrel. They were labeled “Big Belly” Solar compactor. I was so impressed…

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Spring Maintenance Checklist

By Robert Robillard

Home Maintenance Checklist Fall and Spring cleaning are necessary to maintain a house and keep it in good condition.  No matter where you live, seasonal changes in temperature and moisture levels require special maintenance tasks.  Here is a Spring maintenance checklist to help you: turn off outside water bibs and remove hoses (fall), open hose…

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Replacing Window Screens

By Robert Robillard

Image: landlord-success.com Window Screen Replacement Why pay for re screening services when the task of replacing window screens is a relatively easy one that you can do yourself? Wood Screen Doors: For wood screens, remove the middle piece of screen molding and rip off the old screen. Pry off the old staples/tacks. Set the new…

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Flushing Two Boards

By Robert Robillard

Flushing Two Boards – Carpentry Tip Here’s a trick to get to pieces of lumber to line up when one of them is a bit twisted or bowed. You’ll need two hammers to do this. As shown in the photo, pre-start your nails. One hammer is used as a lever to pull the boards together…

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How To Design A Wine Cellar

By Robert Robillard

How to Build A Wine Cellar This article will give you the essentials needed to understand and learn How To Design A Wine Cellar. When building your wine cellar, room preparation is key in controlling the environmental factors that may negatively affect the storing and aging of your wine.  A properly constructed cellar will allow…

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Rebuilding a Rotted Deck

By Robert Robillard

Deck Building And Repair Tips What Would Henry David Thoreau Say?  On my current project I am very privileged to be rebuilding a rotted deck on this magnificent and historical home.  It was Henry David Thoreau’s “Last House,” he died in this home in 1862. The house plaque reads: Henry David Thoreau: Died May 6,…

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