Oblique Angle Clamping Jig

By Stan Durlacher

Clamping Jig for Oblique and Odd Angle Joints I nicknamed my Oblique Angle Clamping Jig, ‘lollipops.’ for their unique shape and for want of a better name. This type of jig is not something I claim to have thought up or created. In fact, I have seen similar metal ones in catalogs and in high-priced woodworker stores…

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Pareto Principle for Small Business

By Robert Robillard

The 80/20 Rule For Small Business Contractor I want to talk about a useful analysis that I use in my remodeling business, it’s called the 80/20 rule. If you’ve studied business or economics, you’re probably familiar with the Pareto Principle. Pareto was born in Italy in 1848 and went on to become an important philosopher and economist.…

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JLC LIVE Trade Show 2017

By Michael Hopp

JLC LIVE ; A Trade Show to Attend JLC (Journal of Light Construction) Live Residential Construction Show is a show that never disappoints.  Making the time to attend the JLC LIVE trade show will benefit you and your whole crew in more ways than you realize.  This show will give you the up to date,…

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Milwaukee Tools U.S. Manufacturing

By Robert Robillard

Milwaukee Sawzall Blades and Hole Saws – Made in the USA   This week I traveled to Greenwood, Mississippi, often referred to as the “most southern place on Earth,” to visit one of Milwaukee Tool’s manufacturing plants. Greenwood is located on the eastern edge of the Mississippi Delta and was a 19th-century cotton mecca. Before…

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Belt Sander Jig HowTo Build

By Jeff Williams

Belt Sander Jig HowTo Build A few years ago, RIDGID sent us a couple sanders to review. One of them was the outstanding RIDGID Oscillating Edge/Belt Spindle Sander Model # EB4424. At the time we also received their 3″ Heavy Duty Variable Speed Belt Sander Model #R2740. I liked using the oscillating sander in the shop…

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Outsourcing For Contractors

By Robert Robillard

10 Benefits of Outsourcing As a small business owner I am often called upon to design, construct, finish and install custom bookcases, cabinets and fireplace mantles.  I’ve realized that selling outsourcing is a realistic way to stay competitive and profitable in an environment where folks are constantly tire kicking and researching prices. Should you outsource…

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Good Business Practices

By Robert Robillard

Tips On Good Business Practices When running a small business or any business for that matter there are a few rules that are always good to follow. Here’s a five good business practices that I use. 1. Always be honest: Honesty is huge in business and life. If you are unable to meet a deadline or…

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Washing Machine Odor

By Robert Robillard

Front Load Washing Machine Foul Smell Do you have a mystery laundry room or washing machine odor? If you do, the culprit is most likely your front loading washing machine. Many front loading washing machines develop a musty, mildew, rotten egg odor. The good news is that its curable with a little DIY maintenance. Front…

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