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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 ToolBoxBuzz 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 If you have a building or remodeling question you can have rob respond to your answer via video. Click here for more information. https://jointruly.com/robillard Invite code: x22r2

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Build An Elegant Fireplace Mantel

By Robert Robillard

How To Build a Fireplace Mantel We recently were asked to assist in the refacing of a 17th Century Colonial fireplace. The project entailed covering the brick facing with soapstone and then adding a simple, but elegant fireplace mantel. Fireplace Facing Material Fireplace facing material, immediately surrounding a fireplace, must be non-combustible. Materials such as…

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French Cleat Mounting System

By Robert Robillard

How To Make And Use A French Cleat The French Cleat mounting system has been around longer than anyone can remember. Many think the name French Cleat originated from the 1800’s French shipbuilders who used the cleats to hang items on the ship walls to free up limited space on the ship’s floors or decks.…

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Problem With Garage Door

By Robert Robillard

Dealing With The Most Common Garage Door Issues Your garage door is perhaps one of the most heavily-used doors in your home. You probably use it more frequently than your front door, especially if you always drive to work. Then again, even if your garage door doesn’t see much action, it is still bound to…

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Nicholson Hand Files

By Robert Robillard

Nicholson 9 Piece Hand File Set with Ergonomic Handles, American Pattern By Ralph Mroz Everyone uses files, this article is about Nicholson Hand Files.  Plumbers, carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, fabricators, mechanics, machinists, auto body technicians.  Woodworkers and cabinet and furniture makers use them too, only they’re called rasps. Everyday files come in a mind-boggling variety of types,…

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Kershaw ZT ZeroTolerance Knife

By Robert Robillard

Zero Tolerance 0450 Sinkevich Titanium Knife The Kershaw ZT Zero Tolerance Knife, model 0450 is a version of an award-winning collaboration between ZT and custom knife designer Dmitry Sinkevich. It is a version of the 0454 knife, which was a very limited edition.  If you don’t have the 0454 knives, I think Zero Tolerance 0450 is the next best thing!…

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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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