DryerWallVent Review

By Robert Robillard

Dryer Wall Vent [Best Practice] The folks at Inovate products reached out and asked us to install and review their DryerWallVent. So, we took it to one of our remodeling projects and installed it. My first experience with this company was almost 10 years ago at the JLC Tradeshow where I saw their Dryerbox product.…

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Cleaning Paint Bushes

By Robert Robillard

Cleaning Oil Paint Brushes Learning how to properly clean brushed with oil paint can save you money and improve the longevity of the brush and the quality of your paint project. I’ve learned this lesson the hard way. It only takes one slip-up of waiting too long, or not prepping your brushes for cleaning to…

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Reinforcing Floor Joists

By Robert Robillard

Repairing a Bouncy Floor | Sistering Joists | Pro Tips A client recently asked us if we could reduce the “bounce feeling” on their bedroom floor. Floor deflection is common in older homes because the floor joists used back then were smaller or spanned longer. This article will cover how to go about reinforcing floor joists.…

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RYOBI 18V Cordless 8 ¼-inch Table Saw

By ralph mroz

RYOBI 18V Cordless 8 ¼-inch Table Saw The RYOBI 18V Cordless 8 ¼-inch Table Saw is a new offering from RYOBI, available as are all RYOBI tools exclusively from The Home Depot.  Part of RYOBI’s One+ HP line, the RYOBI ONE+ HP 18V Brushless Cordless 8 ¼-inch Compact Portable Jobsite Table Saw (its official name,…

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Door Not Closing Flush

By Robert Robillard

Door Sticks Out | Door Not Closing Flush The photo above shows a door not closing flush to the door jamb. This is a common issue with door installations and the result often is that the door is out-of-plane with the door jamb.  For this door to close properly, and evenly, the door jamb needs…

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RYOBI 15 inch String Trimmer

By ralph mroz

RYOBI ONE+ HP 18V Brushless 15 inch Attachment Capable String Trimmer The RYOBI ONE+ HP 18V Brushless 15 inch Attachment Capable String Trimmer (model P20220) is one of the new tools that RYOBI introduced this spring.  It’s part of RYOBI’s EXPAND-IT power pole attachment family, in which a powered handle segment attaches to a lower…

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Avenger, CAT, Keen, Reebok, Timberland and Thorogood six-inch boots from Zappos at Work

By ralph mroz

Zappos at Work: Avenger, CAT, Keen, Reebok, Timberland and Thorogood six-inch boots This is a brief review of six 6-inch work boots from Avenger, CAT, Keen, Reebok, Timberland, and Thorogood, selected by the experts at Zappos at Work specifically for me and my feet.  I requested these boots through the Zappos at Work program, a…

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Problem Solver For Laundry Island

By Robert Robillard

Hiding The Washing Machine Shutoff A client of ours wanted to eliminate a laundry closet and open up her kitchen to her living room. The concept was to remove a closet that housed a stacking washing machine and clothes dryer. Then we’d create a kitchen island with the washer and dryer under the counter. We needed…

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