Repairing Ice Dam Damage

By Robert Robillard

Repairing water damaged walls and ceilings “Preparation When Painting Is Everything!! Rush the paint preparation and you’ll end up regretting it!” . . . . . says my friend and fellow craftsman Mark O’Lalor of O’Lalor Painting Company. This article will focus on how to repair water damaged ceiling and walls and prepare for paint.…

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How to Winterize Your Irrigation System

By Robert Robillard

The “Blow Out” Method to Winterize Your Irrigation System If you live in a cold climate you need to consider taking precautions to avoid damage to your irrigation system.  This article will show you how to winterize your irrigation system and save you hundreds of dollars by teaching you how to do this procedure yourself.…

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Washing Cedar Clapboards

By Robert Robillard

How To Wash House Siding The two reasons to wash the exterior of your house are the siding is dirty and looks crappy or you are preparing for the application of paint.   Washing of cedar clapboards prior to painting is not only part of the prep process but a best practice. Paint Failure: According to…

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Dealing with Carpenter Ants

By Robert Robillard

Carpenter Ant Treatment For Your Home Ants are interesting creatures.   Did you know that an ant can carry 50 times its body weight? Accepting that ants live in nature is one thing but having them live in your home is another.  No matter how you feel on this topic I’m sure you prefer not to have…

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Treat Carpenter Ants With Boric Acid

By Robert Robillard

Boric Acid a Favorite Weapon Against Ants This article is about a simple chemical free way to treat carpenter ants with Boric Acid. . Carpenter ant colonies expand ever outward, producing what are called satellite colonies.  These satellite colonies will eventually mature into hundreds of members and will seek to create more satellite colonies.  Learn…

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Clapboard Siding: Paint or Replace?

By Robert Robillard

Old Clapboard Siding I have a 124 year old house with clapboard siding and the paint is starting to peel. One contractor says I should strip and paint when the time comes. He also said I shouldn’t replace the siding because the newer wood is not as good as the old wood on my house.…

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Preventing Ice Dams

By Robert Robillard

How To Prevent Ice Dams What is an ice dam? An ice dam is a ridge of ice that forms at the edge of a roof and prevents melting snow (water) from draining off the roof. The water that backs up behind the dam can leak into a home and cause damage to walls, ceilings,…

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How To Prepare Your Lawn For Winter

By Phil Benevides

Fall lawn care tips from A Concord Carpenter The overall beauty of your home can be impacted by your landscaping, and your lawn is probably the largest part of your yard. So regardless of how well maintained and beautiful your home is, you can’t ignore the look and condition of your lawn, since both you…

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