Sealing And Insulating Rim Joists

By Robert Robillard

Sealing and Insulating Rim Joists – BEST PRACTICE Rim Joists [also called band joists] and sill plates are often an overlooked and under-insulated location in a house. The rim joist is a box-like cavity that the floor joists connect to and sits on the foundation sill and wall. Rim joists and sill plates, if not sealed, are…

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Skilled Trade Gap

By Robert Robillard

Trade Skills Gap – Help Wanted We’re Hiring!  Everyone I speak to these days has the same story; “Good help is hard, no impossible, to find.” We’ve all heard of the “Skilled trade gap,” We were now two or three generations into a world where American high schools have shifted their focus to preparing students…

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Owning Your Own Carpentry Business

By Robert Robillard

So you want to go out on your own? Many — may be most — tradesmen and women get the urge sooner or later to strike out on their own.  To work for themselves.  To be in control of their jobs and fate.  To get “all the money”.  But: is it right for you? Hanging…

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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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The 10 Commandments of Home Construction

By Robert Robillard

The 10 1/2 Project Commandments Witten by Ralph Mroz These are the ten and a half commandments that define all home improvement and construction projects. They’ve been learned – often the hard way – over the years by pros, who reflexively build their implications into the estimates and timetables that they give to clients.  You could…

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Woodworking on a Budget

By Scott Arnold

Setting Up Your Workshop – 7 Tools You Need Woodworking is a tedious and time consuming task that is attempted by many, but mastered by very few.  Many beginners who are trying to get started in woodworking often worry about their budget and try to figure out how they are going to get started. Great…

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Time Management

By Robert Robillard

How To Manage Your Time Better Image: appraisalnewsonline Spend your time doing the important things! How many times have you wished you had more time in the day to get things done? . Managing one’s time can be a difficult task for some and easy for others. For me time management, and staying on task…

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Caring For Your Tape Measure

By Robert Robillard

Tape Measure Care and Maintenance We recently performed Head-Head testing on 8 different brand tape measures. After the testing it was apparent to me that these devices need proper care, in order to provide you with accurate, reliable measurements. Caring for your tape measure is easy, here are a few steps for properly maintaining your tape measure.…

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