What is Hardware Cloth?

One item that we were asked to help out with at a recent job was to replace the screening that had been in place behind a Client’s attic gable vent windows.  Typically, the screening that is used behind these windows when they come from “the factory” is not necessarily the most impenetrable type of screening.  […]

What is the Single Thing You Can Do to Help Sell Your Home – FAST!!!???

  I preface this all by solidly stating that I am NOT a Realtor. Nor do I claim to be anywhere near an expert in the Real Estate field. That being said, I have been working on homes in Southern New England since 1995 and have had experience dealing with, literally, thousands of folks who […]

What is Roof Decking Code?

          The famous line from Forrest Gump, “My mom always said life is like a box of chocolates. You never know what you’re gonna get.”, can be applied to roofing, particularly on older homes.       In my opinion, to properly replace a roof, it should always be stripped to […]

What Causes Wood to Rot?

  One of the items that pops up in conversation most frequently when having a discussion with someone about painting the exterior of their home, is rotted wood.   Obviously, rotted wood is not something that you want to paint over, it is something that should be addressed in one way, shape, or form. Perhaps […]

Why Does Siding Get Chalky?

  Have you ever leaned up on a house and when you came off of it, either from you noticing or someone else noticing, the back of your shirt was covered with a mysterious, white substance?   That substance is chalk.   I remember growing up, this happened all the time to us as we […]

How Do You Get Rid of Carpenter Bees?

Some “pests” are pestier than others! The more challenging it is to get rid of a pest that is causing damage to your home in one way, shape, or form, causes me to label it “pestier” than others. There are all types of creepy crawlies that many folks refer to as “pests” that create damage […]

Is Step Flashing Necessary?

Recently I stepped out on a roof at a Client’s home, it was a roof that led up to a wall for another part of the home. As I got closer to the wall that the roof led up to, something did not feel right under my feet. I mean, it was not totally squishy […]

How to Caulk Large Gaps

  Have you ever been in a position where you had an extraordinarily large gap to fill and you were really not sure how to do it? This may have been the case with wood, concrete, on the interior, or on the exterior, but the challenge was still the same!   A gap large enough […]

What is a Calcimine Ceiling?

  We often get calls from folks that are really confused about a particular ceiling issue that they seem to be experiencing. It is centered around a peeling challenge that they keep having with a ceiling of theirs. Although seemingly sometimes (though certainly not always!) originally triggered by some type of moisture, once all possible […]

Why Do Deck Stains Peel?

  Deck stains are perhaps THE most challenging product to adhere long term to any surface on the exterior of anyone’s home. Well, there are a few factors involved, which also tend to be intertwined with each other. Let’s start off with the obvious where most deck stains are not able to be applied to […]