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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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Basement Makeover Using WoodHaven Planks

By Robert Robillard

Armstrong Ceilings WoodHaven Plank Walls – Accent Walls Nothing says “I’m a cool guy” like having your own personal billiard room. It makes you feel a little like James Bond (or maybe Goldfinger). Personally, I like an industrial feel for a room for billiards — exposed brick, stone walls, and exposed ceiling joists – with…

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Maintaining and Storing a Snowblower

By Robert Robillard

How To Properly Prepare You Ariens Snowblower For Storage Springtime means putting away the snowblower and dragging out the lawnmower.  Many homeowners neglect to maintain and storing a snowblower properly. Taking a few important steps to ensure that your snowblower is properly stored for the offseason. Snowblower Storage Steps Adding fuel stabilizer to the gas…

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Screen Porch Bead Board Ceiling

By Robert Robillard

How to Install Bead Board on a Screen Porch Ceiling Historically, bead board was a durable, basic wall or ceiling finish that was common by the 1880s and was also popular in cottages, camps and unheated buildings. Screen Porch Bead Board Ceiling We recently built a screen porch for a client who wanted a bead…

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Replacing a Load-Bearing Beam With A Flush Beam

By Robert Robillard

Removing a Load-Bearing Wall or Exposed Beam Replacing a load-bearing beam with a flush beam was our mission last week. The client had an existing wood beam with two posts connected to his kitchen island and didn’t like seeing the posts. The decision was made to install a beam that would span the entire kitchen…

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Basement Insulation – Best Practice To Avoid Mold

By Robert Robillard

Basement Insulation – Best Practices A basement remodel project is one of the most popular choices when choosing a home improvement project.  In fact, you can potentially achieve upward of 70% return on investment (ROI) when done correctly. The ability to expand your living space while staying within your home’s existing footprint can have huge…

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Repairing Barn Support Posts

By Robert Robillard

Saving A Barn From Falling In: I was recently asked to reside a barn that had decaying siding.  The main reason for this decay and rot was directly related to the fact that the barn did not have gutters which resulted in the bottom third of the siding to prematurely wear away and rot.  I…

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Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit

By Robert Robillard

  Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit w/ Packout 49-56-9295 I’m always struggling with being more organized, which leads to being more efficient. This article is not a tool review but a story of how I reduced clutter, weight, and increased space in my tool trailer by using the Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit. Re-thinking…

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Zero Tolerance 0357BW Folding Knife

By Robert Robillard

Zero Tolerance 0357BW Folding Knife Review As a remodeling contractor, backpacker, outdoor enthusiast, and daily carrier of a pocket knife I’m a fan of pocket knives and always appreciate a useful, well made, and functional knife when I see one. I’m a big fan of Kershaw knives and about a year ago became hooked on…

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