ECHO Pro Attachment Series

By Robert Robillard

ECHO Pro Attachment Series: Labor Saving And High Value Meet! As a carpenter I’m always looking for a quality tool that will give me the most options to get things done, saving me time and money. That desire translates over to my home well. Working in the yard can be a great source of stress relief…

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WarmlyYours Snow Melting System Hard At Work!

By Robert Robillard

WarmlyYours Snow Melting System Hard At Work! In the North East winter means shoveling and salting your walkway and stairs.  The problem is salt destroys stonework and black ice can cause falls.  One bad fall can result in a broken hip, leg or cause you to throw your back out.  Heating a driveway or walkway…

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Home Composting

By Robert Robillard

In 1993 Massachusetts banned yard waste from trash in an effort to reduce landfill garbage and save money. Home composting is not new, many people utilize this process to receive the benefits of a rich soil additive with the goal of greener lawns and gardens, reduced need for pesticides, reduced trash collection fees and a…

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Installing Snow Melting Cables Under A Walkway

By Robert Robillard

Slippery Walkways are Dangerous:  Install A Snow Melting System In the Northeast winter means shoveling and salting your walkway and stairs.  The problem is salt destroys stonework and black ice can cause falls. One bad fall can result in a broken hip, leg or cause you to throw your back out.  Heating a driveway or…

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Composting Facts

By Robert Robillard

Compost Bins A client recently asked me to build her a couple of compost bins that had lids to keep the critters out.  That request led me to do some research on composting and compost bins. Over the next week or two I will be sharing composting facts and the results of my research with you.…

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Composting Basics

By Robert Robillard

Composting Using compost in your garden or plant beds can improve the  soil structure, texture, and aeration. It also increases the soil’s water-holding capacity.   Adding compost improves soil nutrients and stimulates healthy root development in plants. What Are The Basics of Composting? Composting is a natural process. Organic materials such as leaves, grass, and vegetable scraps are…

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How To Cut PVC Pipe In A Trench

By Robert Robillard

Using Twine To Cut PVC Pipe   My friend and fellow carpenter, George Gussler, showed me this trick the other day. There are times when you need to cut a pvc pipe but it is inaccessible to cut with a saw. If a pipe is against an obstruction or a wall, in a corner or…

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How to Keep Roof Runoff off a Walkway

By Robert Robillard

Roof Drainage –  Keeping Roof Rain Off A Walkway Recently I was asked to replace a rotted wood gutter above this entryway with a new gutter. the goal was to  keep roof rain runoff off the walkway.  In the colder months water runoff on this walk way would freeze, making this path treacherous. A Slippery…

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