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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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CAT Excavator XL Work Boot

By Robert Robillard

CAT Excavator XL 8″ Waterproof Thinsulate Composite Toe Work Boot  Ten years ago, Cat Footwear introduced its proprietary SuperDuty iTechnology. The premise behind this technology was to create a durable work boot that felt more like a hiking boot. Think industrial athlete! Athletes are trained, skilled people who use specialized equipment to accomplish their tasks –…

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Install Flashing Between Masonry Steps and Wood House

By Robert Robillard

Masonry Steps Against Wood Whether concrete, pavers or granite, masonry steps,  should never be placed directly against wood. Doing so WILL result in rot and water damage to the homes sill foundation. It will also be a neon sign inviting carpenter ants and termites to come into your house and start munching on your home.…

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The Weekend Warrior Archer

By Robert Robillard

Rediscovering Archery 35-years ago, as a latch-key youngster, I was introduced to archery in a YMCA day camp. It was my favorite activity for several years until I discovered cars, and girls in high school, and later beer in college. Then of course came that thing we call life – which involved a career, a…

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How To Remove Bats From Your House

By Robert Robillard

How To Remove Bats From Your Attic Bats are an amazing creature; did you know that they eat their own body weight in insects per night. A single bat can eat 1,000 or more mosquito‐sized insects in one hour. Just because they are killer mosquito eaters does’nt mean you have to put up with them…

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Building A Sliding Barn Door

By Robert Robillard

Building and Installing a Sliding Door Today it seems like every home décor magazine and Pinterest board is covered with sliding barn door ideas. Whether it’s a modern, industrial-style door or a more rustic, country design, or something in between, I am seeing more and more interest in this trend from clients. One of the…

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Choosing A Fire Bowl

By Robert Robillard

Choosing A Fire Bowl over a Fire Pit Outdoor living spaces are quickly becoming popular for cooking, entertaining, and relaxation.  More and more of my clients are looking to the outdoors to expand their homes and bring the same comforts they have inside to outdoor spaces, by creating multipurpose outdoor living spaces. A gas fire bowl…

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How To Install Cobblestone Edging

By Robert Robillard

Cobble Stone Garden Edging and Borders I live in the Metro-Boston area where older streets are still paved in granite cobblestones and setts. Cobbles stones make great edging material for gardens, raised beds, pathways and even driveways. Cobblestone edging transforms a landscaping project into a neat and organized looking finished product.  In this article we…

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Titen Concrete Screw Anchor

By Robert Robillard

Simpson Strong-Tie Titen HD Screw Anchors For the last few years I have been using the Titen Concrete Screw Anchor as an anchoring solution on my remodeling projects. Titen screw anchors are made by Simpson Strong-tie and offer the excellent holding performance and ease of installation. They come in large diameter sizes have been great…

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