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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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Hiding A Finish Nail

By Robert Robillard

Making Finish Nails Disappear – Carpenter Tip A friend of mine who attended the North Bennet Street School of Carpentry showed me this trick on, hiding a finish nail, many years ago.  Its great when you need to hid a nail and do not want to to see a putty patch. Use a very sharp…

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2008-2009 Cost vs. Value Remodel Report

By Robert Robillard

The yearly Cost vs. Value report is now out, showing the cost recouped for various remodel projects throughout the nation. Projects with some of the greatest returns included siding replacement, adding a wood deck, replacing windows, and minor kitchen and bathroom remodels. This year’s Cost vs. Value results extend last year’s trend toward higher returns on…

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Cat’s Paw or Nail Puller

By Robert Robillard

Cat’s Paw the PURRfect tool for nail removal Someone recently asked me how to remove a few rotted boards from his deck. I suggested using a cat’s paw to which he looked at me with a puzzled expression, and said, “a what?”.  I was referring to a nail puller but I’ve always called it a…

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US Children’s Blood Lead Levels are Declining

By Robert Robillard

BLOOD LEAD LEVELS DECLINING, BUT CHILDREN STILL AT RISK FOR LEAD POISONING As a residential re-modeler one of my concerns when working on a home is the presence of lead paint. The good news is that in the US Children’s blood lead levels are declining. Lead Dust And The body An April 2003 issue of…

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FEDERAL ENERGY TAX CREDIT DETAILS

By Robert Robillard

Image: gm-volt.com Tax credit applies to “qualified energy efficient improvements” which include exterior windows, doors and skylights, for the taxpayer’s primary residence in the United States. Tax credit is for the cost of the product only and does not include installation costs. Be sure to ask for a sales receipt that shows the cost of…

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New Energy Tax Credit Could Stimulate Green Renovation Jobs

By Robert Robillard

Image: http://www.iandrinstitute.org/ By Nation’s Building News Beefed-up tax credits for energy-efficient home improvements in the new stimulus package are expected to help increase demand for green renovation projects this year and next. The IRS Section 25C tax credit for existing homes, which had expired at the end of 2007, was reinstated as part of the…

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Extreme Makeover Maynard Massachusetts

By Robert Robillard

Extreme Makeover in Maynard Massachusetts I recently bought an external hard drive to back up my files and pictures. While going through all my picture disks I came across these pictures of my friends and my Home Makeover experience. The home on Elm Court in Maynard was featured on ABC’s “Extreme Makeover,” The show was…

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Senate Adds $15,000 Home Buyer Tax Credit to Stimulus

By Robert Robillard

Image:tradetosuccess.com The U.S. Senate on Wednesday voted unanimously to approve a home buyer tax credit of $15,000 or up to 10 percent of the purchase price in its version of the stimulus bill. This proposed credit would be available to all home buyers and would not have to be repaid as long as a buyer…

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