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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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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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Eldorado Stone Infinite Fire Bowl

By Robert Robillard

Eldorado Stone Infinite Fire Bowl Review There’s something entrancing about sitting at a fire, staring into the flames. If you’ve been reading my site for a while, you know that I like to keep busy—but sitting in front of flickering flames and glowing embers, my mind relaxes and I can unwind. On long summer evenings,…

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Contour Sanding Grips

By Robert Robillard

Rockler Double-Ended Contour Sanding Grips I want to share with you a cool tool that I recently grabbed that I wish I had bought these years ago!  They’re called profile or contour sanding grips. To me, sanding is a necessary evil. I don’t know anyone who enjoys sanding.  My carpenter friend George always reminds me to…

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Walls Ditch Digger Stretch Pants

By Robert Robillard

Walls Ditch Digger and “Kick It”Stretch Pants Review Article by Ralph Mroz What’s one tool that you use every day, all day long? Your pants.  Jackets, sweatshirts, and even t-shirts may come off during the day, but your pants stay on (at least I hope they do if you’re doing residential work!) This article is about…

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Rockler Carbide-Tipped Radius Plane Review

By Robert Robillard

Using a Radius Plane to Ease Sharp Edges In woodworking and Carpentry In the 25-years that I’ve been a carpenter I’ve always likes using hand planes. My most-used hand plane has always been my 60-degree low angle plane, which I use for easing edges and fitting parts. How Do You Ease Your Edges? So I…

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Baseboard Radiators Not Heating Room Up

By Robert Robillard

Hydronic Radiator Slant Fin Elements Facing Wrong Direction Over the years I’ve had folks reach out to me complaining that they have rooms that do not heat up well. The solutions all varied; including zone valves, circulator pumps, relays, and whether the thermostat is working properly. Sometimes as simple as a battery needs replacing. Slant Fin…

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Construction Clothing – What Makes It Durable?

By Robert Robillard

Denim, Duck, Twill – What’s the Difference? by Ralph Mroz For most of us, the work clothes we wear are tools just like the tools in the pick-up bed or our tool boxes.  If they don’t provide good service our ability to perform our jobs probably suffers.  By “good service” I mean they last a…

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Using the Schluter Shower System

By Robert Robillard

Waterproofing a Shower With the Schluter System What Clients Really Think About When remodeling a shower, the most important thing to consider is waterproofing. Unfortunately, many people do it wrong or cut corners. We all know countless shower pan and waterproofing horror stories. Leaks and call-backs take time, cost you money, and will hurt your…

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