By Robert Robillard on Contractor Advice


Everyone has problems.

Everyone encounters problems.

Everyone can solve problems with the right attitude and a solid time proven strategy.


Here’s my two cents on problem solving:

1. What is the problem:

Often people think of a problem in terms of its consequences but in reality you need to identify what the REAL problem is. Find the source and fix it.

2. Identify a list of possible solutions:

Many times there are many different solutions at hand, you just need to find the best solution for your situation. Brainstorm ideas when problem solving and write them your ideas. See my post on brainstorming.

Ask people whom you trust, respect and share the same values as you or who may have experience dealing with similar issues. Once you have a good list of solutions you can weigh the pros and cons of each one.

3. Identify the solution:

Once you find a solution that provides the best long term outcome you have to make the decision and follow through.

Accepting any consequences that arise from your decision is important here. If things do not turn out as you had planned do not dwell on it. You put time and thought into your decision and that’s what counts!

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About the author

Robert Robillard

Carpenter / Remodeler / Editor

Rob Robillard is “The Concord Carpenter” Rob is a builder, general contractor, carpenter, woodworker, and editor of Concord Carpenter and ToolBoxBuzz As a General Contractor and carpenter, Rob owns and operates Concord Carpenter LLC. A full-service remodeling and construction company. Rob is a recognized leader in home building best practices and a source for how-to information for building professionals. On this website, Rob covers all aspects of home construction, building science, home improvement, woodworking, remodeling, and some of the best product and tool reviews. Rob is in charge of our Tool and Product Review series - Concord Carpenter Videos where we post all of our tool reviews and video tutorials. Rob approaches remodeling and building construction with a pragmatic and problem-solving approach. He enjoys using his knowledge and experience to help and educate building professionals as well as DIYers on best practices in the construction and remodeling industry. He's a strong advocate for "raising the bar" in the construction trades and promoting the trades to youth. #BeAMentor #Green2Great Craftsmanship, quality, and pride guide his journey on this channel The Concord Carpenter's motto: "Well done is better than well said!" : Read more about Rob

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