Nicholson Hand Files

By Robert Robillard

Nicholson 9 Piece Hand File Set with Ergonomic Handles, American Pattern By Ralph Mroz Everyone uses files, this article is about Nicholson Hand Files.  Plumbers, carpenters, electricians, HVAC technicians, fabricators, mechanics, machinists, auto body technicians.  Woodworkers and cabinet and furniture makers use them too, only they’re called rasps. Everyday files come in a mind-boggling variety of types,…

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Soapstone Fireplace Surround

By Robert Robillard

How To Install A Soapstone Fireplace Surround A Soapstone fireplace surround is placed directly over an existing fireplace be it brick, stone, tile or framing studs. The article below will show you what you need in order to install a soapstone surround on a brick façade fireplace. Choosing Soapstone Soapstone is a metamorphic rock made…

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Carhartt Workwear

By Robert Robillard

Carhartt for Men and Women By Ralph Mroz  Carhartt Dominates I don’t think I’m exaggerating when I say that 90% of the trades people in my area wear Carhartt Workwear pants.  Also most of the landscapers and laborers, and anyone else who makes their living with their hands.  Even the doctor that attended to me in…

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Best Method to Stiffen A Half Wall

By Robert Robillard

Eliminating Half-Wall Wobble! We typically see half walls at stair openings, replacing railings and balusters, as well as in bathrooms. In remodeling we use half walls with glass, a lot more in showers, to allow in more light. Whether you call it a half wall, knee wall or Pony wall the issue is the same.  They…

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Two Innovative Metabo-HPT Circular Saws

By Robert Robillard

Metabo-HPT Circular Saws By Ralph Mroz The Metabo HPT18V Brushless 6-1/2″ Deep Cut Circular Saw (C18DBAL) and 36V Multi-Volt Brushless 7-1/4” Circular Saw (C3607DA) both represent significant advances in cordless saws, for different reasons.  We look at both here.  But for context let’s first straighten out the confusion around the Metabo HPT name and then…

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Ryobi 18-Volt 10-inch Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw

By Robert Robillard

Ryobi 18-Volt ONE+ONE Cordless Brushless 10-inch Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw Review  By Ralph Mroz The Ryobi 18-Volt 10-inch Dual-Bevel Sliding Miter Saw (Model P3650) has been on the market a couple years now and proven itself. With its full feature set and attractive price, it’s a good option for many people, DIY’ers and pros alike. Many people think…

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Installing Schluter DITRA-HEAT-DUO Over Concrete Floors

By Robert Robillard

Solving A Cold Basement Floor With Electric Radiant Heat We were recently asked to install electric radiant warming in a basement bathroom, concrete floor.  The problem with concrete floors is that the cold concrete absorbs heat energy, significantly increasing the time it takes for the tile floor to warm up.  In some cases, floors may…

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Installing Landscape Path Lighting

By Robert Robillard

Using Low Voltage Path Lighting – Outdoor Living Outdoor living is not new, but its concept has expanded dramatically in the last 10 years. Regardless of your climate, creating multipurpose outdoor living spaces, that function as extensions of the home, is now the trend. In this article we will discuss landscape path lighting and how…

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