Copper Lantern Repair

By Robert Robillard

Copper Lamp Post Repair A client of mine has this beautiful copper lantern on a post in their front yard. This past winter heavy winds and pushed snow from the snow plow caused the solder joints holding the lantern seams together to break.  They asked if I was able to perform a copper lantern repair. …

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Wood Rot

By Robert Robillard

Dry Rot Dry rot can be a big problem in a house. Interior wood rot is usually caused by high moisture, running water, poor ventilation and bad maintenance, or a combination of these conditions. The speed of decay will depend on the moisture content. Wood and wood products that have been exposed to continual moisture…

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Furnace Room Door Vent

By Robert Robillard

Photo by concord carpenter. [Notice vent in upper door.] Problematic Furnace Room Door Vent Location This door leads to a mechanical room that is located in a barn converted into a house. The room is accessible from the outside only and it’s design and set up has been problematic from the beginning. When I was…

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Hiding A Finish Nail

By Robert Robillard

Making Finish Nails Disappear – Carpenter Tip A friend of mine who attended the North Bennet Street School of Carpentry showed me this trick on, hiding a finish nail, many years ago.  Its great when you need to hid a nail and do not want to to see a putty patch. Use a very sharp…

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2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Remodel Report

By Robert Robillard

The yearly Cost vs. Value report is now out, showing the cost recouped for various remodel projects throughout the nation. Projects with some of the greatest returns included siding replacement, adding a wood deck, replacing windows, and minor kitchen and bathroom remodels. This year’s Cost vs. Value results extend last year’s trend toward higher returns on…

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Cat’s Paw or Nail Puller

By Robert Robillard

Cat’s Paw the PURRfect tool for nail removal Someone recently asked me how to remove a few rotted boards from his deck. I suggested using a cat’s paw to which he looked at me with a puzzled expression, and said, “a what?”.  I was referring to a nail puller but I’ve always called it a…

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US Children’s Blood Lead Levels are Declining

By Robert Robillard

BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DECLINING, BUT CHILDREN STILL AT RISK FOR LEAD POISONING As a residential re-modeler one of my concerns when working on a home is the presence of lead paint. The good news is that in the US Children’s blood lead levels are declining. Lead Dust And The body An April 2003 issue of…

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FEDERAL ENERGY TAX CREDIT DETAILS

By Robert Robillard

Image: gm-volt.com Tax credit applies to “qualified energy efficient improvements” which include exterior windows, doors and skylights, for the taxpayer’s primary residence in the United States. Tax credit is for the cost of the product only and does not include installation costs. Be sure to ask for a sales receipt that shows the cost of…

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