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Scott Arnold

Writer / Carpenter / Remodeler

Contributing Editor Scott Arnold is a young remodeler, and a 911 Dispatcher for a Boston area, Metro West 911 Center. When he is not in the Communications Center, you will find Scott getting his hands dirty on any number of contracting jobs, whether it is for his customers or on his newly purchased house. Scott enjoys remodeling, DIY projects, spending time with his wife and 2 kids. Scott will help share his perspective on tools as carpenter and remodeler here and on ToolBoxBuzz.com

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Deck Designing with Deckorators

By Scott Arnold

Deck Designing with Deckorators Backyard decks are replacing front porches and patios now a days. Deck are becoming the social gathering spot but the big question still remains “Will adding a deck increase your home’s value?” The answer is yes! If you make your deck and backyard more appealing, your house will be more appealing to potential…

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Deckorators Warranty Now Covers Water and Ground Contact

By Scott Arnold

Deckorators Warranty Now Covers Water and Ground Contact Deckorators ® , a leading brand of Universal Forest Products, Inc. is making a big splash with new warranty coverage for two of its composite decking lines. The warranty for Vault and Frontier decking has been expanded to include water and ground contact — making Deckorators one…

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3 Tips on Designing a Mudroom

By Scott Arnold

Tips for Designing a Mudroom I think of a mudroom as synonymous with shedding of dirty, wet footwear and clothing and located typically off the kitchen. Designing a mudroom can be a relatively inexpensive remodel project that can easily be done by the DIY enthusiast. Design your mudroom to be both functional and attractive. some…

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Deck Blocking

By Scott Arnold

Installing Joist Blocking on a Deck Joist blocking, also called bridging, can be used for a variety of reasons, such as: Point loads Strengthening guard rail posts Preventing mid-span joist bounce or deflection Preventing joist twisting Adding mid span joist blocking prevents joist bounce and adds rigidity to long joist spans. Blocking additionally prevents joists from…

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Jobsite Accident Prevention and First Aid

By Scott Arnold

Accidents Happen but Lets Try to Avoid Them Let’s face it accidents are going happen! There is no way to predict them but in most cases they can be avoided. Knowledge of the tool you’re using, having respect for the tool, focus and practicing the best safety possible are all ways to avoid accidents. Two…

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Ryobi Gas Backpack Blower

By Scott Arnold

Ryobi Backpack Blower Review – Model RY08420A When people mention Ryobi its often followed by “oh the DIY brand” or the green tools from Home Depot. When you say Ryobi to me, things that come to mind are; one of, if not the largest cordless tool platforms, dependable, and top quality outdoor power equipment. The…

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Rehiring Former Employees

By Scott Arnold

Rehiring Former Employees – Good Idea or Bad Idea? Is rehiring a former employee a good idea or a big mistake? Employees who are rehired are now referred to as Boomerang Employees. Should you hire them back? The million dollar question is… Why did they leave in the first place? The thought of hiring former…

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Klein Powerline Series Tool Belt

By Scott Arnold

Klein Powerline Series Tool Belt Review Working on a job site with several types on contractors has given me the opportunity to see who’s wearing what and why, which lead me to the Klein Powerline Series Tool Belt. . Regardless of the trade, one thing that everyone had in common, was a tool  belt for storing the most used hand…

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