Warmup Electric Snow Melting Mat System

By Robert Robillard

Installing Warmup Driveway Snow-Melting Mat As a remodeling contractor I advise on, and oversee, a lot of hardscaping projects. Recently, I’ve seen an increase in snow-melting system installations. Why Install a Snow Melting System? Living in the North means shoveling snow, salting your walkway and stairs, and plowing your driveway (or paying someone to do…

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Maintaining Wood Gutters

By Robert Robillard

Maintaining Wood Gutter Tips Wood gutters have gone by the wayside with the invention and availability of pvc and aluminum gutters. People these days are so quick to go the “no or low maintenance” route. In my neck of the woods there are still a lot of historic and colonial homes that still have wood gutters.…

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Benefits to Installing Utility Wires Underground

By Robert Robillard

A Guide to Trenching and Installing Underground Utilities in your Home Few improvements enhance the appearance of the neighborhood or home then removing overhead wires. If you are building a project or remodelling your home, it may be necessary or make sense, to dig a trench to bury existing utility wires or to upgrade existing…

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How to Install a Weathervane

By Ben Carmichael

Sometimes, people rise out of your past and surprise you in the most wonderful ways. That happened to me recently. Growing up, I had the privilege of going to a world famous fly fishing river called the Grand Cascapedia with my dad on the Gape peninsula in Quebec. While there, we used to stop in…

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How-To Repair Exterior Cinderblock Walls with Stucco

By Scott Arnold

How-To Repair Exterior Cinderblock Walls with Stucco Since the early 19th century Stucco has been used to cover less appealing construction materials such as concrete, metal and cinder block.  Designed for outside use, it wasn’t until late 19th century that builders started to use it on interior applications as well. Old decaying walls can really be…

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How-To Make a Giant JENGA Game

By Robert Robillard

Make your own Giant JENGA Game – A Perfect Cookout Game If I jumped up right now and yelled “JENGA!” – or would you immediately recognize the catchy phrase for the game JENGA or call 911 on me? I recently saw an outdoor version of JENGA with oversized blocks and it was the hit of…

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How to Fix a Broken Floor Joist

By Robert Robillard

Fixing Broken, Cracked, Sagging Floor Joists I recently had to repair a broken floor joist that had cracked. I suppose somewhere in the world there are floor joists that need to be repaired that have wide open, clear joist bays, with no pipes, wires or obstructions. That’s not my world! From initial inspection it appeared…

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How to Eliminate Squeaks In Hardwood Floors

By Robert Robillard

Floor Squeaks Hi Rob Thanks for all the great info in your column, website and newsletters. I would appreciate advice on how to eliminate squeaks in hardwood floors. Our fairly standard oak floors seem to get more squeaky spots with time. Is there a way to fix them – do we nail or screw down…

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