Vampires Long Nose Screw Extraction Pliers

By Jim Nadeau

Vampires Long Nose Screw Extraction Pliers Tool Review The first time I held Vampires Long Nose Screw Extraction Pliers it reminded me of an apprentice I had years ago.  He hadn’t figured out that his screw gun was variable speed yet, it was either fully engaged at high speed or off.  Unfortunately for me this…

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Rough Sawn Wood Patio Cooler

By Robert Robillard

How to Build A Patio Cooler I love backyard BBQs and for many years we operated out of a two Coleman coolers to store beer and soda. While this worked fine, I wanted something better looking, easier to access and maneuverable. After seeing a vintage rolling cooler at a media event I attended I decided…

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Oblique Angle Clamping Jig

By Stan Durlacher

Clamping Jig for Oblique and Odd Angle Joints I nicknamed my Oblique Angle Clamping Jig, ‘lollipops.’ for their unique shape and for want of a better name. This type of jig is not something I claim to have thought up or created. In fact, I have seen similar metal ones in catalogs and in high-priced woodworker stores…

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Pareto Principle for Small Business

By Robert Robillard

The 80/20 Rule For Small Business Contractor I want to talk about a useful analysis that I use in my remodeling business, it’s called the 80/20 rule. If you’ve studied business or economics, you’re probably familiar with the Pareto Principle. Pareto was born in Italy in 1848 and went on to become an important philosopher and economist.…

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Removing Pet Urine Odor From Wood Sub-floor

By Robert Robillard

How to Remove Pet Urine Smell From a Sub-floor Steps involved in removing pet urine odor from wood sub-floor is a question I often get asked. Pet urine is a made up of ammonia, nitrogen, uric acid, bacteria, and hormones. Uric acid contains crystals that are left behind even after the urine has dried. It is…

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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 Hole Hawg Vs DeWalt Flexvolt Joist Drill

By Jim Nadeau

  Milwaukee Hole Hawg Vs DeWalt Flexvolt Joist Drill I am asked almost every time I’m seen using the DeWalt 60v Flexvolt Joist Drill or the Milwaukee M18 Fuel Hole Hawg which one I prefer and how I would compare the two tools. As a side note, Milwaukee also has a larger version more geared toward…

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6 Bathroom Remodel Structural Considerations

By Robert Robillard

Bathroom Remodel Structural Issues With bathroom remodels people often focus on color, layout, heated floors and moving things around. These are all important things, but if you’re not thinking about the stuff behind the walls and under the floors to make the overall design work well. If you’re not concerned about “Hidden Conditions,” You’re about…

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