Mount an Upholstered Headboard to the Wall

By Robert Robillard

Attaching an Upholstered Headboard To A Wall We recently purchased an upholstered headboard for my daughter. The headboard came with black metal bars that bolted vertically to the bed frame. The problem was that even with two bolts per bracket, the headboard swayed back and forth and did not allow my daughter to lean back…

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How To Clean and Lubricate Locks

By Robert Robillard

Caring For Your Locks As a remodeling contractor I use a lot of padlocks and locking devices to protect my tools, equipment and other job related investments. Over time, dust, particles and chemicals in the environment get into the inner lock mechanism and create friction inside the lock components. When this happens not only does…

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Closet Organization Tips

By Scott Arnold

Installing an ELFA Closet Storage System One of the biggest headaches in our adult life is how to stay organized. Closets are great places to keep stuff out of sight, but also a place that collects clutter and quickly becomes unorganized. Who hasn’t tucked something away in their closet only to find themselves scratching their…

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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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