A Carpenter’s Ethos

By Robert Robillard

The Path of the Carpenter Apprentice -A Carpenter’s Ethos A Carpenter’s ethos started on a Monday morning. I had forgotten my breakfast and coffee on the kitchen counter. It was starting to rain and my boots were soaked through. It was only 8 am. It was day one of the new job, which meant that…

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The Carpenter Apprentice Path

By Robert Robillard

Carpenter Apprentice From Green2Great Hey guys, In the last 2 months, we’ve published a few videos with our newest employee, and carpenter apprentice – Dave Brefini.     Green2Great Video Series These videos have received great feedback and engagement from you all so we decided to make it a regular video series. Join Dave and…

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Contractor SCAM

By Robert Robillard

How To Avoid A Contractor Scam True Story: A group of men, reportedly with Irish accents, have been knocking on doors around town offering residents services to work on their home, from chimney work to roofing. They promise to cut you a deal on work around your home, demand cash upfront, then jack up the price once…

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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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