2009 Home Improvement Tax Credit

By Robert Robillard

 2009 Home Improvement Tax Credit Forms As a carpenter doing window and door installations I get alot of questions about how to claim the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act of 2009 federal tax credit.In order to make this claim you will need to fill out two forms and save the following documentation: 1. Form 5695:…

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How My Blog Got Started!

By Robert Robillard

How It All Got Started: Read my story below. My site is my outlet, and it’s a creative one. I read more, my writing has improved, I’m learning more and it helps me promote my business. As a self-employed carpenter, I first used “Concord Carpenter” as a place to post images of carpentry projects. But before…

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Using Checklists

By Robert Robillard

  Do you use check lists in your profession? A few weeks ago I was listening to Harvard Medical School, Surgeon Atil Gawande talk about his book The Checklist Manifesto on National Public Radio. Dr. Gawande discussed the complexities of surgery and how many things there are to keep in one’s head and remember. He…

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Mass. Construction Supervisor License Continuing Education

By Robert Robillard

Construction Supervisor License Requirements Governor Deval Patrick recently signed into legislation a bill that would require licensed contractors to take continuing education courses in order to be able to renew their licenses. The legislation will enable the state Board of Building Regulations and Standards to develop the requirements and educational courses that will be necessary…

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Helping Others

By Robert Robillard

Teaching My Kid To Help Others In A World Of Strangers   Photo:http://zenhabits.net/fotos/20070809help.jpg Helping others is a lesson many know but few do.  One of the assignments that I was involved in as a police officer was training of new officers.  In police academies we teach and train new recruits safety tactics that we’re learned…

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Table Saw Litigation and Contact Detection Technology

By Robert Robillard

Man cuts Own Fingers On Ryobi Table Saw – Sues Manufacturer Todd at Home Construction and Improvement tipped me off to this story. A Boston jury has awarded $1.5 million to Carlos Osorio, a Malden man, who injured his fingers on a saw while installing oak wood flooring several years ago [2009 case] in a…

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Returning Phone Calls

By Robert Robillard

Return Phone Calls Daily Business 101 Returning phone calls is a basic courtesy. It’s sad but not many people do it.  I see this in life as well as a carpentry contractor. When you return some one’s phone call that person feels respected, important and a priority. Returning phone calls a sign that you are …

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Safer Social Media

By Robert Robillard

Image: teach-ict.com Stay safer on Social Media Sites Here are some tips for a safer social media experience: . 1. Never post any personal information. {cell phone number, address, or the name of your school, sports team, or pictures that could give away revealing info. like your your name, school, license plate or Town, etc]…

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