Question Posted on an Ice Dam Problem

By Robert Robillard

Preventing Ice Dams From Causing A Roof Leak   Hi Rob, Forgive me if you’ve already posted something on this topic, but our neighbor came by last night to borrow a snow rake because they had an ice dam problem that had sprung a leak in their house. They ultimately ripped out half the wallboard…

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How To Install A Sump Pump

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Sump Pump This article is to show you how to install a sump pump into a basement floor.               Ideally you should be locating your sump pit at the lowest point of your basement floor (use a level to determine where that point is). The site for…

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Tuck-Pointing A Brick Foundation

By Robert Robillard

Repairing A Leaking Brick Foundation: DearConcord Carpenter, What about repairing a leaky brick foundation wall? I live in a 110+ year old farmhouse but I have 2 corners that leak water. I know that I should put some kind of mortar in the places where there are a few holes/gaps but what about the places…

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Do PollenTEC Screens Block Pollen?

By Robert Robillard

Using PollenTEC Screening on a Gazebo . Dear Concord Carpenter, I’ve found your review on PollenTec today and I’m considering buying this stuff. I’m really allergic to pollen and have to keep my windows close all summer long… I would like to know if you find that this product is effective for you, did it reduce…

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10 Steps to A Perfect Paint Job

By Robert Robillard

Proper Painting Preparation: A poor paint job often shows up after the painter is gone and the check has cleared.  Most paint jobs fail because an important step in the preparation phase was skipped or done poorly. A poor paint job often manifests itself in paint failure such as;  flaking, chipping, paint peeling in sheets, bleeding spots…

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Understanding Condensation on Windows

By Robert Robillard

Condensation On Windows: Can you draw hearts and smiley faces with your fingers in the condensation on the inside of your windows? If so, don’t blame your windows. High humidity in the home often causes “sweating” on windows. Condensation is a natural occurrence on all surfaces in the home caused by excess humidity in the…

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Repairing Mortar Joints

By Robert Robillard

Protect your home by making minor mortar repairs With colder temperatures here, now is the time to check your home for deteriorating mortar joints and loose mortar – and make any minor repairs before they turn into major headaches. Freezing rain, ice, snow and deicers, as well as freeze/thaw temperature cycles have the potential to…

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Removing Ice Dams

By Robert Robillard

Removing Ice Dams: Many people have been dealing with ice dams.  The solutions to dealing with and removing ice dams have been addressed on this site and can be accessed through searching “ice dams,  insulation, air leaks, or ventilation.” If your house is prone to ice dams, one of the best measures is to rake…

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