Roof and Gutter Heating Cable

By Robert Robillard

Warmup Roof Ice and Snow Melting Cables Some homes are predisposed to ice dams – and the leaks that can result from them. Lack of insulation, warm air leaks, and complex roof designs all contribute to ice dam formations. Preventing roof leaks requires addressing these issues and ice dams themselves, but that’s not always easy…

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Soapstone Fireplace Surround

By Robert Robillard

How To Install A Soapstone Fireplace Surround A Soapstone fireplace surround is placed directly over an existing fireplace be it brick, stone, tile or framing studs. The article below will show you what you need in order to install a soapstone surround on a brick façade fireplace. Choosing Soapstone Soapstone is a metamorphic rock made…

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Skilled Trade Gap

By Robert Robillard

Trade Skills Gap – Help Wanted We’re Hiring!  Everyone I speak to these days has the same story; “Good help is hard, no impossible, to find.” We’ve all heard of the “Skilled trade gap,” We were now two or three generations into a world where American high schools have shifted their focus to preparing students…

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How To Fix A Wobbly HandRail

By Robert Robillard

Adding a Handrail Support To Fix A  Wobbly Handrail Image: allposters।com I get many calls for loose handrails. Often times the least invasive and most cost effective solution is achieved by adding a handrail support in the middle span of the railing. This article will address how to fix a wobbly handrail. Support The Middle…

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Owning Your Own Carpentry Business

By Robert Robillard

So you want to go out on your own? Many — may be most — tradesmen and women get the urge sooner or later to strike out on their own.  To work for themselves.  To be in control of their jobs and fate.  To get “all the money”.  But: is it right for you? Hanging…

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Carhartt Workwear

By Robert Robillard

Carhartt for Men and Women By Ralph Mroz  Carhartt Dominates I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that 90% of the trades people in my area wear Carhartt Workwear pants.  Also most of the landscapers and laborers, and anyone else who makes their living with their hands.  Even the doctor that attended to me in…

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Ideal Automatic Circuit Identifier With Receiver

By Robert Robillard

Ideal Circuit Identifier 61-534 Review By Ralph Mroz We’ve all been there.  We need to shut down the power to a circuit, but we don’t know which breaker controls it.  If we have a partner maybe the panel will be close enough to the work area that we can yell to each other as one…

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RIDGID Cordless Random Orbital and Sheet Sander Review

By Robert Robillard

RIDGID Cordless Random Orbital and Sheet Sander By Ralph Mroz All carpenters need sanders.  But do you need cordless sanders?  Well, the answer to that question is like the answer to most of life’s questions: it depends.  So, let’s take a closer look at the question and the RIDGID cordless sander. Controlled vs. Jobsite Environments…

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