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Robert Robillard

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor / Writer / Video Talent

Robert Robillard is a remodeler, general contractor, and principal of a carpentry and renovation business located in Concord, Massachusetts. He also writes the "Ask the Carpenter" advice column in the Boston Globe, and serves as the Editor of Tool Box Buzz and founding editor of A Concord Carpenter . Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review - Tool and Product Review - Video Channel, , where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the remodeling industry. The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob <a href="https://profiles.google.com/concordcarpenter"

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Stanley Fubar

By Robert Robillard

Stanley Fatmax Extreme Fubar III Review by Ralph Mroz You’ve probably seen this Stanley demo bar in ads or at the store and wondered how it wouldvperform. So did I, and a deck demo job came along that let me satisfy my curiosity. Jumping to the bottom line: I liked this bar a whole lot…but for…

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Entryway Makeover

By Robert Robillard

Front Hall Upgrade – Wainscoting Design We recently applied trim and moldings to the front hall walls of a clients 25-year old home.  The goal was to dress up its appearance o the entryway. The entryway had a 24 foot ceiling and was barren, bare and uninviting. This trim and molding technique is sometimes called…

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Router Maintenance

By Robert Robillard

Woodworking Router Care and Cleaning As a carpenter I learned early on that tools need maintenance of they will not be ready for you when you need the. Your woodworking router is one of those tools. Regular Routine Checking You should conduct regular checks on the router so as to find out any damages. Ensure…

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Precast Concrete Piers

By Robert Robillard

Precast Footings We recently had the opportunity to try out precast concrete piers on a deck project we were working on. These piers come in round and square and are made from 4000 psi concrete with a 1/2 inch captured bolt provision. embedded in each footing is a (1) 1/2 inch rebar. Precast concrete piers…

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Schluter DITRA-HEAT Heated Bathroom Floor

By Robert Robillard

Schluter DITRA-HEAT Installation and Tips I recently remodeled a 3rdfloor attic for a client. For heating we were only able to get a heat duct on one side of the floor. This heat duct reached every room except  a small bathroom, on the opposite side. To address the lack of heat, we plan to add…

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Cutting A Wall Down To Make A Half Wall

By Robert Robillard

How To Cap A Half Wall With Trim We recently were asked to enclose a covered porch from the garage to the kitchen/ Once this was done, the client wanted us to then remove the old exterior wall and make it a half-wall. Deal With Structural Walls First You cannot cut out a structural wall,…

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Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measure Review

By Robert Robillard

Crecent Lufkin Shockforce Tape Measures By Ralph Mroz A tape measure is of course one of the most used tools for any tradesperson, especially carpenters. Using one that is as close to perfect for your work is one of the little things that make the work go smoothly…while one that is aggravating, even in a…

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Fixing Holes In Floor After Enlarging Door

By Robert Robillard

How To Fix Holes In Bluestone Floor After Enlarging Door We were recently asked by a client to enlarge an existing door. The door was in a newly renovated, mudroom area and exited into a garage. The mudroom floor was 1” Bluestone that was wet-set [cemented] into place. We advised the client that enlarging the…

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