Floating a Floor Over a Concrete Slab

By Robert Robillard

Insulating A Concrete Floor Mike Hopp a RI remodeling contractor, and friend, asked us to help him frame out a large garage that was being converted into a studio apartment. The garage was framed with 2×4 walls, a truss roof system and had an existing concrete slab floor. The trusses meant that we did not…

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Milwaukee MiUSA Lineman’s Pliers

By ralph mroz

Made in the USA and More Milwaukee’s MiUSA lineman’s pliers are one of the first products to come out of their new West Bend, Wisconsin plant.  While the made in USA feature is the one that’s getting all the attention, it was what Milwaukee has decided to do with these pliers that intrigues me most. …

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CHANNELLOCK®  Electrician’s Pliers

By ralph mroz

 CHANNELLOCK has Electricians Covered CHANNELLOCK electrician pliers is kind of a tautology.  That’s because CHANNELLOCK makes many versions of all the pliers that electricians commonly use, including the four pliers that are in almost all electricians’ tool pouches all the time.  These are lineman’s, dykes, tongue-and-groove offset head (known generally as “Channelocks”, because CHANNELLOCK invented…

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REEKON T1 Tomahawk Digital Tape Measure

By ralph mroz

The Future of Construction By now you’ve probably seen the ads for and some of the press about the REEKON T1 Tomahawk Digital Tape Measure.  You may have noticed that it’s a tape measure with digital readout, and that with just a press of a button it saves those measurements to an e-paper screen.  Maybe…

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Truewerk Work wear: A Contractor’s Perspective

By Scott Arnold

Truewerk Work Wear: A Contractor’s Perspective In the demanding world of construction, a reliable and durable pair of work wear is more than just an accessory—it’s a necessity. For the past couple of years,  Truewerk work wear has become a consistent companion in my professional remodeling career, and their performance has been nothing short of…

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ConcordCarpenter Remodels 377 Main Street Concord, MA

By Robert Robillard

W.P.L Bager House | Concord, MA  | House Remodel W.P.L. Badger, a blacksmith in 19th century Concord, Massachusetts began construction on his house in the early 1830s. In its nearly 200-year history since then, the house has undergone at least three significant expansions, plus numerous interior remodels, the latest in 1980. By the time homeowners…

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Levrack Mobile Workstation Review

By Robert Robillard

Levrack Mobile Workstation Review Levrack, a prominent U.S. manufacturer specializing in high-end storage systems, generously provided me with their 30” x 55” mobile workstation for a comprehensive review. As the proud owner of Levrack’s industrial grade rolling shelf storage system, my expectations for the mobile workstation were naturally high. First Impression I can confidently say…

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Bosch 18V Barrel Grip Jig Saw

By ralph mroz

New Bosch 18V Barrel Grip Jig Saw GST18V-50B Bosch recently introduced several new cordless tools, including a new brushless 18V barrel grip jig saw, model GST18V-50B.  (A sister jig saw with a standard top, or “D”, handle, the model GST18V-50 was also introduced.)  This saw, with its brushless motor, and leveraging the ever-increasing output of…

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