Best Bathroom Flooring

By Robert Robillard

3 of the Best Types of Flooring for the Bathroom Most of us think that we have limited choice when it comes to bathroom flooring. We can choose between stone, vinyl, or wood. Well, I’m happy to report that we have a lot more choice than that. There are so many different types of materials…

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Rubber Flashing On Deck Joists

By Michael Hopp

Benefit’s of Flashing Deck Joists Water and wood do not play nice together, and over a long period of time unprotected wood, even pressure treated can rot. But by protecting the wood, it can extend the life of your deck.  Most decks are still framed with pressure treated lumber. Applying a self-adhesive membrane to the wood…

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What Contractors Should Do At The Gym

By Robert Robillard

What Should People In The Building Trades Do At The Gym By John Donaldson Chances are you lift heavy, awkward things from time-to-time, and then you climb a ladder with them.  What you have is an “on-the-job” strength benefit, which accountants could never achieve in their office.  That’s the good news, but with a cautionary…

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Window Safety Film

By Robert Robillard

Tempered Window Alternative – Code Compliance Safety Film I recently remodeled a home and hired a reputable window company to measure and supply all the windows. One item that the window rep and I both missed was that both bathroom windows should have been specified with tempered glass.  We missed it and rightfully so, got called…

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Norway Spruce: A New Lumber Species

By Robert Robillard

Norway Spruce SPF-S Species Grouping Very, very soon you’ll start seeing a new framing wood species in the lumberyards. Norway Spruce is now making its way to lumberyards in New York state, Maine, across New England, and all the way out to Wisconsin. This is an industry first and probably last, since there are no other US…

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Cutting a Jack Miter

By Jeff Kirk

Finish Carpenter Joinery Tricks Finish carpentery is the art of adding the final touches to a home or building.  Finish carpentry skills, like cutting a Jack Miter, are needed to apply door and window casing, doors and molding details, all or which help create crisp lines, and eye catching details. The style of molding used can vary based on the…

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New Bosch 1/2″Drill/Driver and Hammer Drill/Driver Lineup

By Robert Robillard

Bosch 18V EC Brushless 1/2″ Drill/Driver DDS183 and Hammer Drill/Driver HDS183 The Bosch DDS183 18V 1/2″ Drill/Driver and HDS183 1/2″ Hammer Drill/Driver both offer the same set of specifications, minus a few differing features. They both come with Bosch’s Kick-Back Control Technology and the following specifications: short head length keyless single sleeve metal chucks precision clutch…

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Custom Door Surround

By Robert Robillard

Installing Cedar Trim onto Brick We were recently asked to dress up the rear entrance of the Concord Book Shop with a custom door surround. The brick surrounding this door has some sort of pink paint that the building owner wanted to hide. The ultimate goal was to create nice looking custom door surround that…

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