RYOBI Nine-Inch Band Saw

By ralph mroz

RYOBI 9” Benchtop Band Saw Review  The RYOBI Nine-Inch Benchtop Band Saw for Those Time When You Can’t Stick to the Straight and Narrow It’s safe to say that most of the wood cutting that most carpenters do is along straight lines with a circular, miter, track or even recip saw.  But life’s not all…

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RYOBI 10-inch Benchtop Drill Press

By ralph mroz

Every Contractor and DIYer Needs One The RYOBI 10-inch Benchtop Drill Press with EXACTLINE Laser Alignment System (model DP103L) is a solution to a common problem.  Every contractor and DIYer has to occasionally drill holes at a precise angle, and doing so by hand is all but impossible.  By hand, you have to hold the…

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RYOBI 21-inch 40-Volt Self-Propelled Mower

By Robert Robillard

RYOBI Cordless Self-Propelled Mower with 7.5 Ah Review The whole world is going electric and cordless.  From electric cars to cordless power tools, the ever-increasing power density of batteries is making every job more convenient.  Lawnmowers are of course no exception.  While cordless electric mowers are not new, the latest crop of them has the…

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KEEN Utility Men’s Atlanta Cool II ESD Soft Toe Work Shoe

By Robert Robillard

KEEN Utility Atlanta Cool II Work Shoe The older I get the more I prioritize comfort.  The work’s hard enough as it is without enduring uncomfortable tools…including uncomfortable shoes or boots.  I can put up with a jacket that binds a little, or with a tool that doesn’t quite fit my hand perfectly.  But if…

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Sealing And Insulating Rim Joists

By Robert Robillard

Sealing and Insulating Rim Joists – BEST PRACTICE Rim Joists [also called band joists] and sill plates are often an overlooked and under-insulated location in a house. The rim joist is a box-like cavity that the floor joists connect to and sits on the foundation sill and wall. Rim joists and sill plates, if not sealed, are…

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Cutting Concrete Block To Install Window

By Robert Robillard

Installing A Basement Egress Window In Concrete Wall We recently were asked if we were interested in cutting concrete blocks to install a window. The client had an existing single pane glass window that was much narrower and shorter than the opening required to install two new Anderson windows that they had acquired. Concrete Wall…

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Crescent Extendable Layout Tool

By Robert Robillard

Crescent 2 in 1 Extendable Layout Tool Review By Ralph Mroz If you look at the picture of this new layout tool from Crescent, it’s pretty much self-explanatory.  (Crescent calls it Crescent Extendable Layout Tool a “layout tool” because “speed square”, which is what we all call it, is actually a trademark of another company.)  It’s obvious…

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Build An Elegant Fireplace Mantel

By Robert Robillard

How To Build a Fireplace Mantel We recently were asked to assist in the refacing of a 17th Century Colonial fireplace. The project entailed covering the brick facing with soapstone and then adding a simple, but elegant fireplace mantel. Fireplace Facing Material Fireplace facing material, immediately surrounding a fireplace, must be non-combustible. Materials such as…

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