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Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzzr As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising-the-bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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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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Best Method to Stiffen A Half Wall

By Robert Robillard

Eliminating Half-Wall Wobble! We typically see half walls at stair openings, replacing railings and balusters, as well as in bathrooms. In remodeling we use half walls with glass, a lot more in showers, to allow in more light. Whether you call it a half wall, knee wall or Pony wall the issue is the same.  They…

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WORX 14-INCH CORDLESS CHAIN SAW REVIEW

By Robert Robillard

WORX 14-INCH 40 VOLT BRUSHLESS CORDLESS CHAIN SAW By Ralph Mroz I would submit that almost any trades person should have a small cordless chain saw in their bag of tricks.  Also, any homeowner that’s responsible for their own outdoor maintenance and has trees needs one. For homeowners: maintenance and emergency preparedness Trees need regular trimming…

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Two Innovative Metabo-HPT Circular Saws

By Robert Robillard

Metabo-HPT Circular Saws By Ralph Mroz The Metabo HPT18V Brushless 6-1/2″ Deep Cut Circular Saw (C18DBAL) and 36V Multi-Volt Brushless 7-1/4” Circular Saw (C3607DA) both represent significant advances in cordless saws, for different reasons.  We look at both here.  But for context let’s first straighten out the confusion around the Metabo HPT name and then…

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How To Remove Rust Spots From A Driveway

By Robert Robillard

Cleaning Your Driveway, The Right Way It’s easy to know the right thing to do after you’ve made a mistake. A few months back I was cutting a bunch of metal rods [rebar] and I did NOT anticipate all the microscopic metal dust staying on my driveway and leaving  unsightly rust stains. My first thought was to pressure…

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