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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Basement Makeover Using WoodHaven Planks

By Robert Robillard

Armstrong Ceilings WoodHaven Plank Walls – Accent Walls Nothing says “I’m a cool guy” like having your own personal billiard room. It makes you feel a little like James Bond (or maybe Goldfinger). Personally, I like an industrial feel for a room for billiards — exposed brick, stone walls, and exposed ceiling joists – with…

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Basement Insulation – Best Practice To Avoid Mold

By Robert Robillard

Basement Insulation – Best Practices A basement remodel project is one of the most popular choices when choosing a home improvement project.  In fact, you can potentially achieve upward of 70% return on investment (ROI) when done correctly. The ability to expand your living space while staying within your home’s existing footprint can have huge…

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Installing Snow Melting Mats

By Michael Hopp

Warmup Snow Melting Mats Review Winter in New England brings snow, ice and a sled load of safety issues to your driveway and walkways.  With Snow Melting Mats, old man winter is an issue of the past.  Snow melting mats can be placed under asphalt, concrete and pavers. Installing Warmup Snow Melting Mats We use Warmup…

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Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit

By Robert Robillard

  Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit w/ Packout 49-56-9295 I’m always struggling with being more organized, which leads to being more efficient. This article is not a tool review but a story of how I reduced clutter, weight, and increased space in my tool trailer by using the Milwaukee BIG HAWG Hole Saw Kit. Re-thinking…

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RYOBI Benchtop Disc/Belt Sander and ½-inch x 18-inch Cordless Belt Sander

By ralph mroz

RYOBI Benchtop Disc/Belt Sander The RYOBI Benchtop Disc/Belt Sander is a valuable addition to any shop or jobsite.  Tools, both hand tools and power tools, can be divided into two classes depending on their relationship to the workpiece.  Hand-held tools: all hand tools, circular saws, electric drills, and so on, are held by the operator…

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Modifying A TV Cabinet

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Wall Mounted TV On An Existing Cabinet A client recently asked me if we could modify their existing tv cabinet to accommodate a larger tv. The problem was that this cabinet was built between two stairs and columns. The client wanted a tv that was 2 to 3 times larger than their existing…

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