Baseboard Radiators Not Heating Room Up

By Robert Robillard

Hydronic Radiator Slant Fin Elements Facing Wrong Direction Over the years I’ve had folks reach out to me complaining that they have rooms that do not heat up well. The solutions all varied; including zone valves, circulator pumps, relays, and whether the thermostat is working properly. Sometimes as simple as a battery needs replacing. Slant Fin…

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Preventing Pipes From Freezing

By Robert Robillard

How-To Avoid Freezing Pipes This winter is predicted to be a COLD one, and that means frozen water pipes….. brrrrrrr! Before it gets cold take a moment to evaluate your water pipes and take the precautions now and save from costly repairs later. Preventing pipes from freezing should be done at the time of construction,…

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Hardie Siding and Trim Products

By Stan Durlacher

James Hardie Product Review I recently dropped by Rob Robillard’s current project in Concord MA. to see it in person because I liked what I saw on social media. The large addition had been recently sided and painted. I asked Rob about the material because it looked fabulous. Rob told me it was sided with…

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Building A Sliding Barn Door

By Robert Robillard

Building and Installing a Sliding Door Today it seems like every home décor magazine and Pinterest board is covered with sliding barn door ideas. Whether it’s a modern, industrial-style door or a more rustic, country design, or something in between, I am seeing more and more interest in this trend from clients. One of the…

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The 3-4-5 Method For Squaring Corners

By Robert Robillard

3-4-5 Triangle Method Carpentry is not an exact science; it is a pragmatic approach to problem solving, building and repairing. My experience has taught me that a few basic principles guide us on what will or will not work. Plumb, Level and Square, is some of those principles. 3-4-5 Rule To Ensure Square Layouts Carpenters…

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Replacing Skylights When Re-Roofing

By Robert Robillard

Replacing Skylights When Reroofing – The Age Old Debate Skylights are a popular option for bringing natural light into a home and can transform a room, adding more light than a window.  Most roofers will recommend replacing your skylights when you re-roof. In our opinion, it’ the most cost-efficient way, and it allows you to…

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Curb Appeal

By Robert Robillard

Selling or Flipping a House? Think Curb Appeal! Improving the curb appeal means making a quicker sale and also getting closer to your asking price. As a carpenter I frequently get called in to assist in this process from folks selling their home or flipping a house. Here’s what I’ve gleaned over the years: Secure Financing…

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Insulation, Ventilation and Vapor Barriers

By Jeff Kirk

Understanding the House as a System When it comes to either new home construction or larger scale renovations, homeowners are not always in tune with the technical side of the house construction process. Many folks tend to focus on the  big scale things that give the wow factor, such as the framing process, drywall, cabinets,…

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