How to Prep For Painting

By Robert Robillard

 Painting Preparation “Preparation When Painting Is Everything!!” . . . . . says my friend and fellow craftsman Mark O’Lalor of O’Lalor Painting Company.   Mark has graciously  agreed to write today’s post.   Photo: Mark O’Lalor [repairing recessed ceiling holes]  Photo: Mark O’Lalor The Importance Of Preparation In the professional circles of Painting Contractors there…

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Installing Cherry Hardwood Flooring

By Robert Robillard

Installing Hardwood flooring In the typical Rob Robillard fashion I got WAY into this project before I remembered to take out my digital camera.  I really hate when I do that but in the remodeling industry things sometimes move quickly. On this project we were Installing Cherry Hardwood Flooring.  Read more on this project here: …

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Nail Protection Plate

By Robert Robillard

Protect Plumbing Pipes With a Nail Stopping  Nail Protection Plate A nail protection plate helps prevent nails from piercing pipes and electrical lines after the plaster walls are installed and the finish trim is being applied.   Nail Protection Plates are typically installed over utilities that pass through framing members. Nail protection plates come in all…

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Basement Remodeling: Choosing the Best Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

Basement Ceilings: A common struggle when remodeling a basement is choosing the type of ceiling that will best fit your new space. Often times, homeowners are surprised that there is more than one option to even choose from. So to make things a tad bit easier, here are the pros and cons of the two…

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Finishing A Basement Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

Basement Ceiling Recommendation: Dear Concord Carpenter, I’ve been working on finishing our basement for a while now and we are ready to make some decisions about the ceiling. What would you recommend? Height is very limited, there are exposed floor joists running across the finished area and exposed flooring nails coming through the sub floor…

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Problem Drywall

By Robert Robillard

Updated Remediation Protocol for Homes with Problem Drywall In a study (pdf) conducted on behalf of CPSC by Sandia National Laboratories in New Mexico, finds no evidence of a safety hazard to home electrical systems. Sandia simulated long-term exposure of wiring and other electrical components to hydrogen sulfide gas, which is associated with problem drywall.…

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Bookcase Installation

By Robert Robillard

Bookcases and built-ins can transform a room.  Not only can they be aesthetically pleasing but also functional as well. Many times people choose to have a custom built in made to fit into a specific spot. In this case the homeowners had  a built in desk area that they wanted to transform into storage space. At the…

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Wood Suspended Ceiling System

By Robert Robillard

WoodTrac Ceiling System Many homeowners are faced with a difficult choice when finishing basements or other rooms with important utilities located in the ceilings. Typical ceiling options are: 1) Finish the ceiling with drywall to make the room feel more “normal” 2) Install a dropped ceiling to maintain easy access to important utilities Advantages to…

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