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Ethan Bickford

Carpenter / Remodeler / ACC Photographer

Ethan Bickford has a long history with carpentry. His father worked as a contractor for many years and taught him the ins and outs of home repair and remodeling from a very young age. Since then Ethan has kept up his skills and knowledge by doing handyman work while in college and eventually started his own carpentry and remodeling company which he’s been running for the last three years.

Ethan loves teaching and advising on tools and techniques and is a big fan of quality workmanship. His motto is: “Do it right the first time!”

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Senco Roofpro 445XP Roofing Nailer Review

By Ethan Bickford

Senco Roofpro 445XP Roofing Nailer Senco has been around for a long time making nailers, screw guns and fasteners for professionals. They’re known for making solid tools that perform well for years. With the rough winter we’ve had here in New England there are going to be a lot of roofing repairs to do. Often times…

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Skilsaw Sawsquatch 10-1/4″ Worm Drive Saw SPT 70 WM-22

By Ethan Bickford

Skilsaw Sawsquatch 10-1/4″ Worm Drive Saw SPT 70 WM-22 Review The Skil name is synonymous with circular saws. To the point where many carpenters (especially the more experienced ones) refer to all circular saws as “Skilsaws.”  The Skil worm drive saw is legendary in the carpentry world, among framers. it’s known for being one of…

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Dealing with a Plumbing Leak

By Ethan Bickford

How to manage in the face of water damage I got a panicked call from a client recently that there was water leaking into their living room. So I went over to help them out. I was raised by a contractor, so I forget that a lot of homeowners don’t know how to deal with these situations.…

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Makita Cordless Hammer Driver Drill XPH07

By Ethan Bickford

Makita XPH07 Cordless Hammer Driver Drill Review Makita is well known for their quality cordless tools so when we were given a chance to try their newest premium drill we definitely wanted to give it a shot. Their initial offering for a brushless drill was a compact, and while a good drill in many respects…

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Milwaukee M18 LED Stick Light 2352-20

By Ethan Bickford

Milwaukee M18 LED Stick Light 2352-20 Review Milwaukee recently introduced a few new LED lights.  Given my background in photography I know light and the characteristics of it. Every tradesperson  gets into situations where they need some cordless light in tight spaces, places without power, or packing up at the end of the short days…

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Bosch Compact Drill Driver DDB181

By Ethan Bickford

Bosch DDB181 Compact 18 volt Drill Driver Review I’ll often resort to using 12 volt drills and impact drivers for light duty drilling and driving tasks. While the light weight and easy handling of a smaller 12 volt tool is nice, they can be a little short on power.  Bosch looked at this end-user conundrum…

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JackClamp

By Ethan Bickford

JackClamp Review Clamps are one of those must have tools. Every carpenter has a least a few in their tool kit. And while everyone has them they are often overlooked and not a whole lot has changed with them over the years. The only big change in recent history was the introduction of pistol grip…

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Powerstrike Hammers

By Ethan Bickford

Powerstrike Hammer I’m a big fan of tools made in the US. The Powerstrike hammer is a truly unique hammer made by a company that also makes frames for high end mountain bikes. If you know anything about mountain bikes then you know that there is a pretty short list of desirable features: light weight…

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