Door Sagging Issue

By Robert Robillard

Image: TOH.com I recently worked for a client where every other door in the house had a door issue. Apparently when the pre–hung doors were installed they were not shimmed properly and as a result the doors developed problems. One issue that was recurring was the top hinge was loose causing the door to sag…

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Replacing Weatherstripping

By Robert Robillard

Today was spent replacing weatherstripping on several pairs of French Pozzi Doors. These doors were not closing well, had sticking 3-point locking mechanisms and were leaking air. Replacement was an option but I convinced the owner to let me try this first. Replacing Weatherstripping On French Doors A combination of new weather stripping, hinge adjustment…

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How To Repair A Hole In Drywall

By Robert Robillard

People will often ask me how to repair a hole in drywall.  While this is not really a carpenters realm I have created and fixed enough holes to be able Fixing A Drywall Hole:   1. Small hole or dent repair: Apply a liberal amount of non-shrink joint compound available at the local hardware store…

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Fixing a Hole in Wallboard

By Robert Robillard

How To Fix A Hole in A Wall Green Mountain Man asked, Can you do a post on how to fix a hole in wallboard ? Hi Green Mountain Man, This is not really a carpenters realm but I have created and fixed enough holes to be able to answer your question. 1. Small Hole…

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Prefinished Bamboo Flooring

By Robert Robillard

Pre-finished Bamboo Flooring Tips Hi Rob, great website! I was wondering, do you have any helpful hints on installing pre-finished, solid, bamboo flooring? It’s the first time I’ll be laying down a floor so any comments that might save me from ripping it up later would be helpful… Thanks Mary Thanks for the question Mary.…

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Installing A Fireplace Mantle

By Robert Robillard

Gas Fireplace Insert And Fireplace Mantle: In a previous posts we removed the old mantle, new gas fireplace was installed, wood nailers were added to the steel studs, the wall was patched and painted. Installing A Fireplace Mantle in the picture below: We added vertical and horizontal wood nailers for the mantle and television mounting. …

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Adding Insulation and Air Leak Sealing

By Robert Robillard

Image: beforeyouinsualte.com Insulation and Air Leaks Adding insulation in your attic can drastically help reduce your heating and cooling bills each month.Lack of attic insulation and air leaks are usually the biggest offender for heat loss in a home. The photo below shows ice dams on the upper main house and no ice dams on…

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Modifying A Bookcase For A Flat Screen TV

By Robert Robillard

Built In Bookcase Modification: It seems these days folks are designing whole rooms around flat screen TVs.  The problem arises when you have an existing room and you try to incorporate the flat screen TV.   Modifying a bookcase for a flat screen TV seems to be in demand. This was just the case for a client of mine.…

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