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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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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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Federal Tax Benefits for Energy Efficiency Renovations abailable for 2009

By Robert Robillard

Image: mediabistro.com New Tax Credits NOW AN OPTION for 2009 Renovations Several people have been asking me about the renovation tax credit so I decided to re-post this again. On October 3, 2008, President Bush signed into law the “Emergency Economic Stabilization Act of 2008.” This bill extended tax credits for energy efficient home improvements…

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