Installing An Infratech Heater

By Robert Robillard

Using Infratech Infrared Heaters On Screen Porch Staying home during the COVID pandemic showed us that space at home is premium. Extending the outdoor living spaces longer into the fall, or even a winter season is something people are looking at more than ever.  We’ve seen the restaurants build out their outdoor ding, many using…

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Craftsman V20 cordless 18 gauge brad nailer

By ralph mroz

Craftsman V20 cordless 18 gauge brad nailer The Craftsman V20 cordless 18 gauge brad nailer is a good representative of what a cordless nailer is all about.  The model we’re looking at here is the CMCN618C1 which is the kit version, coming with the tool, charger, and battery.  It incorporates the features that both the…

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RYOBI 18-volt ONE+ Compact Brushless ½-inch Hammer Drill

By ralph mroz

RYOBI 18-volt ONE+ compact brushless ½-inch hammer drill The RYOBI 18-volt ONE+ compact brushless ½-inch hammer drill we’re looking at here is model PSBHM01.  It’s only 6.7 in. long and compact, providing good access to tight workspaces. RYOBI claims that this compact hammer drill provides up to 2X more runtime than the earlier brushed model…

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Irwin Spade and Auger Bits

By ralph mroz

Irwin Spade and Auger Bits If you like tearing big, rough holes in construction materials — and who doesn’t? — then you’ve got your choice of drill bits: spade, auger, self-feed bits, and hole saws…and other less common things to hang off the end of your drill.  For most DIYers bits such as the Irwin…

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RYOBI 7¼-inch Compound Miter Saw

By ralph mroz

RYOBI 7¼-inch Compound Miter Saw Every pro carpenter needs a miter saw, of course, and every DIYer will sooner or later want one.  But as Rob points out, we don’t always need a big miter saw – that is, something in the 10+-inch category.  For most interior trim work and much shop work, a compact…

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Kobalt 24-volt Cordless Compact Router

By ralph mroz

Kobalt 24-volt Cordless Compact Router If you’ve been following the Tool Box Buzz crew’s head-to-head reviews you’ll have noticed that Kobalt pretty consistently punches above its weight…that is, performs above its price point.  That’s the word on the street, too, and well as in many other reviews.  So I was happy to get my hands…

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Building a FAUX Barn Door

By Robert Robillard

Installing PVC Trim To Look Like a Barn Door We recently were tasked with installing trim to create the center, faux barn door pictured in the architectural drawing  above. Building a FAUX barn door seemed straightforward and our biggest challenge was to make it look real from the street. This faux door needed not only…

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Functional Exercise For Contractors

By Robert Robillard

Staying Fit in the Trades – Choosing the RIGHT Functional Exercises! Chances are you lift heavy, awkward things from time-to-time, and then you climb a ladder with them.  What you have is “on-the-job” strength, which accountants could never achieve in a cubicle. Let’s talk about how functional exercise can improve job site performance, health, and…

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