Drywall Patching

By Robert Robillard

Drywall Patching Question Hi Robert ~I have a question for you. When I remodeled one of my rooms last year, I have one spot where two pieces of drywall meet that I didn’t put enough compound down to hide the edge tapers.The joint is fine but you can see a valley from the tapers. I…

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Sealing Drafts

By Robert Robillard

Locating and Sealing A Kitchen Draft This customer was complaining about a cold draft coming from under her kitchen double oven cabinet. She also stated that on occasion a mouse or two has been spotted in the area and droppings had been found inside the drawer. [drawer taken out in picture below]  Sealing Drafts like…

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Ice Dam Damage

By Robert Robillard

Ice Dam Damage Control Ice dam damage is not only costly it can become a health problem if the leak continues and mold grows. 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…

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Repairing A Garage Wall

By Robert Robillard

Repairing A Garage Wall Push Out By A Car “Honey…. What was that noise?” A customer of mine called me recently to tell me that her husband accidentally drove into the back of their garage wall. The beauty of having loyal, repeat customers is she didn’t call to ask for an estimate she said, “please…

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Time To Remodel

By Robert Robillard

Let me see… is it the avocado appliances or the red “brick” pattern linoleum on the kitchen floor that tipped it off? Whatever your reason for remodeling it is a process that is best done by organizing your wants and needs on paper first then later organized and undertaken. Time To Remodel Decide what changes…

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Installing PVC Trim

By Robert Robillard

Photo: Mudroom addition. Installation Note: All trim in the article, Installing PVC Trim, is Azek PVC trim.  All miters were glued ~ Expansion joints are located on the inside [house] butt ends and under cover of overlapped boards and concealed with flexible caulking. PVC Trim – What You Need To Know Many customers these days…

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How To Replace Door Sill Rot

By Robert Robillard

Poor Flashing, Water Damage And Carpenter Ants Defeat Entry Door A quick look at this entry door did not show anything unusual but a closer inspection revealed that the bottom of the door and sidelights had been spliced “quickly and poorly” prior to us.  This article is about how to replace door sill rot. Two…

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Got Carpenter Ants?

By Robert Robillard

  Damage From Carpenter Ants I must admit, I have made a lot of money from carpenter ants and have even been accused of harboring a carpenter ant farm at home,  just kidding! As Carpenter ant colonies grow they expand outward, producing what are called satellite colonies.   Satellite colonies eventually mature into hundreds of ant…

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