Cutting A Wall Down To Make A Half Wall

By Robert Robillard

How To Cap A Half Wall With Trim We recently were asked to enclose a covered porch from the garage to the kitchen/ Once this was done, the client wanted us to then remove the old exterior wall and make it a half-wall. Deal With Structural Walls First You cannot cut out a structural wall,…

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Fixing Holes In Floor After Enlarging Door

By Robert Robillard

How To Fix Holes In Bluestone Floor After Enlarging Door We were recently asked by a client to enlarge an existing door. The door was in a newly renovated, mudroom area and exited into a garage. The mudroom floor was 1” Bluestone that was wet-set [cemented] into place. We advised the client that enlarging the…

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Walls Ditch Digger Stretch Pants

By Robert Robillard

Walls Ditch Digger and “Kick It”Stretch Pants Review Article by Ralph Mroz What’s one tool that you use every day, all day long? Your pants.  Jackets, sweatshirts, and even t-shirts may come off during the day, but your pants stay on (at least I hope they do if you’re doing residential work!) This article is about…

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Napoleon Gas Fireplace Inserts – Oakville Series

By Scott Arnold

Napoleon Gas Fireplace Inserts When purchasing a gas insert, consumers want a reliable option that delivers on both performance and aesthetics. Designed with consumer interests in mind on aesthetics and heat output, as well as the dealer and installer with design functionality, easy to install, reliable and easy to service, Napoleon is pleased to announce…

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Choosing A Fire Bowl

By Robert Robillard

Choosing A Fire Bowl over a Fire Pit Outdoor living spaces are quickly becoming popular for cooking, entertaining, and relaxation.  More and more of my clients are looking to the outdoors to expand their homes and bring the same comforts they have inside to outdoor spaces, by creating multipurpose outdoor living spaces. A gas fire bowl…

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Titen Concrete Screw Anchor

By Robert Robillard

Simpson Strong-Tie Titen HD Screw Anchors For the last few years I have been using the Titen Concrete Screw Anchor as an anchoring solution on my remodeling projects. Titen screw anchors are made by Simpson Strong-tie and offer the excellent holding performance and ease of installation. They come in large diameter sizes have been great…

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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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