How To Build A Disappearing Water Fountain

By Robert Robillard

Building a Disappearing Fountain Basin With A Glazed Pot Part 1 of 2 A great friend of ours bought my wife and I a beautiful blue, glazed pot for our wedding anniversary. The blue glaze matches the blue tiles surrounding our pool. My wife has wanted a water feature by the pool for awhile now…

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Building Near Wetlands

By Robert Robillard

Wetlands and Permitting: Building near wetlands is often prohibited.   “Wetlands ” usually refers to an area of land that is saturated with water either permanently or seasonally.  What distinguished a wetland is the it’s aquatic plants and hydric soils. Wetlands are important to people, fish and wildlife by protecting and improving water quality, providing fish and wildlife…

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Treatment for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgid

By Robert Robillard

How To Treat And Prevent Hemlock Damage By The Woolly Adelgid If you have Hemlocks you probably have a woolly adelgid (HWA) infestation and may not know it. Treatment for the Hemlock Woolly Adelgida varies widely depending upon the size and number of trees to be treated. 
If left untreated, branches infected by woolly adelgids die. What…

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Decorating With Flowers

By Robert Robillard

Decorate your Home With Flowers From Your Own Garden Carpenters don’t really care about decorating with flowers. As a carpenter my thoughts and plans often revolve around details and ideas that make a house more aesthetically pleasing, historically correct or just plain functional.  Things like crown molding, built in cabinetry, wainscoting, columns and accent lighting…

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How to Clean A Patio With Stain Solver

By Robert Robillard

Cleaning A Bluestone Patio Many people do not know how to clean a patio.  It’s really a matter of using the correct product and following a few simple steps.   I use a product called Stain Solver which works great. Using Stain Solver Many homes have blue-stone walkways, steps and patios.  The problem is blue-stone…

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How To Remove A Rust Stain Off Concrete Or Bluestone

By Robert Robillard

Techniques and Tips For Cleaning Rust From Concrete Remove stubborn rust stain fast and easily. Many homes have concrete and blue-stone walkways, steps and patios.  The problem is rust stains can occur from patio furniture, umbrella stands, fire pits or toys.  These stains can very difficult to remove. Detailed below step by step are the…

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Protect Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Wires

By Robert Robillard

Protect exterior wires from damage: A few years ago I installed low voltage wires  in my yard.  Most of these wires are buried under bark mulch or are installed in conduit. this article will show you an inexpensive tip on how to protect low voltage landscape lighting wires. Instead of placing my low voltage transformers in my…

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Planting A Tree

By Robert Robillard

How To Plant A Tree Planting a tree can be a rewarding and fun time.  It also has the potential to transform a landscape. Pick A Tree For The Location: Before buying a tree remember to pick the right tree for its location.  What I mean is choose a tree that will grow and compliment…

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