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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Rigid Insulation Board – Basement Insulation

By Robert Robillard

Basement Wall Insulation Using Rigid Foam Board Best practice for basement wall insulation [best insulating and vapor barrier system] is closed-cell foam, the second-best is using foam board, especially if you’re trying to save money. Using a rigid foam board creates a good vapor barrier along with an insulation layer that won’t promote mold growth. Rigid…

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Install Flashing Between Masonry Steps and Wood House

By Robert Robillard

Masonry Steps Against Wood Whether concrete, pavers or granite, masonry steps,  should never be placed directly against wood. Doing so WILL result in rot and water damage to the homes sill foundation. It will also be a neon sign inviting carpenter ants and termites to come into your house and start munching on your home.…

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Cleaning Stone Masonry

By Jeff Williams

Cleaning Stone Masonry Stone is a building material as old as man himself. It was used as the some of the first tools as well. It is a very durable and attractive material. I works very well to construct building facades. It is attractive by itself or when used as an accent in a brick…

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Common Mortar Joint Profiles

By Jeff Williams

Common Mortar Joint Profiles Next time you’re out and about take a look at the masonry buildings near where you work and live. Do the mortar joints disappear into the brick and stone or do they contribute to the look of the facade? Are they recessed from the surface or are they proud of the…

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Temporary Job Site Safety

By Jeff Williams

Temporary Job Site Safety In the masonry restoration industry we almost never have the luxury of working on unoccupied buildings. The job site is always at schools, condos, office, or church buildings. Buildings that have people living or working in them at all hours of the day. When working on buildings of this type, not only is…

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Repairing Rotted Window Sills

By Robert Robillard

Repairing Rotted Window Sills With Dutchman Patches Look at any wood exterior building and you’ll notice that the windowsills take a beating form mother nature. Windowsills by design are sloped but still basically a horizontal shelf where water and snow can accumulate. Add to that a house without gutters and you’re a candidate for windowsill…

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How To Build Exterior Shutters

By Robert Robillard

Building Exterior Shutters Written by Justin Prewitt This article discusses how to build exterior shutters. In my neck of the wood most of the homes have shutters as part of their aesthetic design.   The overall elevation of a house is the first thing folks see when they approach a home and is a major part…

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