Cupola Renovation

By Robert Robillard

Rebuilding A Cupola A Challenging, Exciting and Rewarding Project!  The cupola pictured in this article is located on top of 57-59 Main Street in Concord, Massachusetts.                   Time For A Paint Job? Many folks see buildings and structures looking shabby and assume a coat of paint is…

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Porch Copper Drainage System

By Robert Robillard

In Floor Porch Copper Drainage System This beautiful homes covered porch had a tongue and groove fir floor that was pitched to the outside and drained any water into a fir wood gutter. The gutter surround the perimeter edge of the porch and drained through lead tubes to the ground below. These pipes are hidden…

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Build A Privacy Screen

By Robert Robillard

Constructing a Cedar Privacy Screen The picture below is the rooftop patio at a Winchester, MA Condo project we worked on.    Our client wanted us to build a privacy screen to block the view but still allow in light onto her roof deck. I decided to construct the new screen out of high quality 1″ thick…

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Stained Glass Window

By Robert Robillard

Re-purposing A Stained Glass Window I love stained glass and stain glass windows.  I found and purchased this beautiful stain glass window at the Brimfield, MA fair. I’m guessing the window was circa early 1900’s or maybe earlier.  Either way I bought it with the intention of making a frame for it and installing it…

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Acrylic Block Windows

By Robert Robillard

   Acrylic Block Windows Offer Light, Privacy And Egress Options   While at the 2010 Baltimore, MD Remodelers Show I came across a company that produces acrylic block windows. I was familiar with the heavy glass block that you need a mason to install but not the acrylic block. It was interesting enough to share…

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Factory Finished Siding

By Robert Robillard

Using Factory Finished Siding and Pre-Primed Siding: Most people think of using factory finished siding when they are considering using cement board siding.  In my neck of the woods most of the homes are wood clad and I end up using alot of cedar clapboards and shingles for siding these homes. I’m a big fan of…

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Window Flashing Tape

By Robert Robillard

Flashing A Window Rough Opening Leaks happen!!  The best method to ensure that water leaks do not get in and under windows is to use window flashing tape.   When combined with a sloped sill, a self-adhered, rubberized window flashing tape can create a continuious water barrier.   One of the better flashing materials is  DuPonts FelxWrap.   As a carpenter I like this flashing because…

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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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