Nest Hello Video Doorbell and Nest x Yale Lock

By Robert Robillard

The Next Generation of Video Doorbells Recently, I was sitting at my desk at the office when an alert popped up on my laptop screen from Nest Hello video doorbell. Someone was approaching the door of my home – a thirty-minute drive away from where I was sitting. Curious to see who the visitor was,…

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Warmup DCM-PRO Membrane and Heating Cable

By Robert Robillard

Warmup DCM-PRO Uncoupling Mat and Heating Cable As a remodeling contractor I’m always looking for more efficient, better ways to do our projects. Recently I came across the Warmup DCM-PRO Membrane and Heating Cable.  The mat is an uncoupling membrane, and the combination of the two gives me a faster way to install radiant heat…

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Adding a Charging Station to My Tool Trailer

By Robert Robillard

Trailer Charging Wall I’ve been using cordless tools for some time now and am probably close to being 95% cordless. That means that I have a lot of cordless batteries to deal with. On most jobs I start my work with my cordless tool and have a charger working getting the next battery up to…

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Making a Carpentry Template

By Robert Robillard

Making and Using Carpentry Patterns and Templates Making and using carpentry patterns and templates help to make woodworking and construction projects efficient, repeatable and accurate. Templates are usually low cost to build, and an accurate way to transfer spatial measurements to any sheet material or flat surface. Once made, a template can be used, over…

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Fireplace Mantle Makeover

By Scott Arnold

Fireplace Mantle Makeover The fireplace is often the most dominant element in any room it’s in. Replacing a fireplace is definitely a cosmetic choice but besides pleasing your eye, an updated fireplace can also add resale value. When the cold winter weather months arrive we welcome interior work with open arms. This December we moved…

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Installing Shaw Epic PLUS Hardwood Flooring

By Phil Benevides

Installing Shaw Epic PLUS Hardwood Flooring Installing Shaw Epic PLUS Hardwood Flooring isn’t much different from traditional hardwood flooring. A couple important items to note when purchasing pre-finished or engineered flooring like this though. First, warranty. For a manufacturer to uphold their warranty, installation must be in accordance with the manufacturer’s guidelines. Incorrect installation or improper…

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Caring for Shaw Epic PLUS Hardwood Flooring

By Phil Benevides

Caring for Shaw Epic PLUS Hardwood Flooring We’ve used pre-finished flooring, like Shaw Epic PLUS, on projects in the past. Most recently on a third floor renovation. Read more about the hardwood flooring selection process here. Pre-finished or engineered flooring is not the same as traditional wood flooring, so after the installation, we are often…

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Choosing Hardwood Flooring

By Phil Benevides

Choosing Hardwood Flooring and Shaw Epic PLUS with Stabilitek On a recent whole floor remodel we had the challenge of unifying about 800 square feet of space sporting FOUR types of flooring. The final touch on this project would be the continuous hardwood floor. We suggested Shaw Epic PLUS with Stabilitek. So we’ll be discussing choosing hardwood flooring…

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