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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a general contractor, carpenter and operates a remodeling company located in Concord, MA. He is the editor of ConcordCarpenter.com and ToolBoxBuzz. Rob is a recognized leader in tool and how-to information for building professionals, he hosts the Concord Carpenter Cable TV Show, offering advice on home repairs and maintenance. On his website, Rob uses his knowledge and experience to help and educate on best practices in the remodeling industry. His motto: “Well done is better than well said!”.

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Repairing Greek Cornice Roof Returns

By Robert Robillard

Image: www.in.gov/dnr/images Repairing Greek Revival Cornice Roof Returns The Greek Revival roof return style emulated the temple forms of ancient Greece, resulting in the creation of straightforward, box-like buildings we see in historic towns of America.   Most Greek Revival buildings have substantial cornices that extended into gable ends as “returns.” Below picture: this house…

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Wobblelight Metal Halide Work Light

By Robert Robillard

Wobble Light WL400MH Self-Righting 400 Watt Metal Halide Work Light Review At ConcordCarpenter we are all about innovative solution to old job site problems. We recently started looking at job site lighting and the issues surrounding obtaining a rugged, durable, and reliable work lighting. We first spied the 36” Wobblelight Metal Halide Work Light 111104…

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Updating Your Smoke Alarms

By Robert Robillard

Ionization vs. Photoelectric Smoke Detection – Which One Is Better? If your like me you, you have the best of intentions but probably only get around to changing your smoke alarm batteries once a year, not twice as recommended, or worse wait for the “chirp,” to do it. You also never vacuum them or test…

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SawStop Job Site Table Saw

By Robert Robillard

SawStop Announces New Tool: The Job-Site Saw The much-followed 2009 Carlos Osorio lawsuit, where Ryobi’s parent company was found 65% liable in a table-saw accident, hinged on the fact that SawStop’s skin-sensing technology was available at the time, but not used on the Ryobi saw.  The jury awarded Osorio $1.5 million in damages even though he was…

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Sonos Wireless Sound System

By Robert Robillard

SONOS – A Problem Solver At ConcordCarpenter we are all about improvising, adapting and overcoming obstacles or problems that plague the home remodeling industry. We recently took a close look at Sonos, a flexible and functional home sound system designed to work with wireless and existing wired speakers. We wanted to see if Sonos could…

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Installing a Snow Melting System

By Robert Robillard

Snow Melting For Residential Remodeling Projects As a remodeling contractor we oversee a lot of landscaping with our projects. Recently we have seen an increase in snow melting projects.   SAFETY TIP – When performing projects like installing this walkway snow melt system or when cutting or grinding masonry it is super important to take…

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Installing A Window Seat

By Robert Robillard

Custom Window Seat Installation I recently made a custom window seat for this window alcove.  [photo right] The customer originally had a bench in this spot but wanted something more permanent with storage.  We decided installing a window seat with a hinged lid was the best option. Measuring and making this window seat was done earlier…

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Preventing Pipes From Freezing

By Robert Robillard

Image: pro.corbis.com/images How-To Avoid Freezing Pipes This past cold spell was a bad one! My brother, a plumber, was out on emergency calls all weekend thawing out water pipes and repairing pipe bursts. Preventing pipes from freezing is done at the time of construction not after the pipes freeze.  A well thought out building envelope…

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