About the author

Todd Fratzel

I'm full time builder for a large construction company in New Hampshire. I run their design-build division that specializes in custom homes, commercial design-build projects and sub-divisions. I'm also a licensed civil and structural engineer with extensive experience in civil and structural design and home construction. My hope is that I can share my experience in the home construction, home improvement and home renovation profession with other builders and home owners. I'm also the Editor-in-Chief and Founder of Tool Box Buzz. Please feel free to contact me if you have any questions, suggestions or you'd like to inquire about advertising on this site.

Advantages of Metal Roofing

By Todd Fratzel on Roofing

Metal Roofing – Long Term Investment and Performance As a general contractor we deal with roofing materials on a regular basis and homeowners are constantly asking for advice on roof selection, costs, and benefits. Here in the Northeast with an extreme climate shift from -20F in the winter to over 100F at times in the…

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Clopay CANYON RIDGE® Garage Door Review

By Todd Fratzel on Doors

Canyon Ridge® Limited Edition Series Carriage House Doors Years ago there were very few options when it came to garage doors. You either bought a steel door that looked rather commercial or you went with a wood door that required lots of maintenance. Sure there were many different styles to choose from (especially in the…

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ClipStone Mortarless Stone Veneer Review

By Todd Fratzel on Masonry, Product Reviews

ClipStone Mortarless Stone Veneer Stone accents on the exterior and interior of a home add a great architectural upgrade and increased home value. However, hiring a mason can prove frustrating and extremely expensive today. Often times I have a hard time finding an available mason when we build homes for a client that wants real…

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Drainage Plane for Cedar Shingle Siding

By Todd Fratzel on Siding & Trim, Structure

Extend Siding Life with Drainage Planes Cedar siding is beautiful and sure does make a statement architecturally but it comes with a serious price tag. So using methods and products that extend the life of such a big investment is important to me as a builder and you as a customer. The market offers many…

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How To Build Wood Countertops

By Todd Fratzel on Finish Carpentry

Make Your Own Wooden Countertops Wood countertops are beautiful and add a warmth that other materials have a hard time matching. While not suitable  for extremely wet conditions there are situations like island counters, bars, and serving hutches that make great sense for wood countertops. In this article I want to share my recent experience…

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How To Install Low Voltage Landscape Lighting

By Todd Fratzel on Landscaping

Installing Low Voltage Landscape Lighting Is Easy Low Voltage Landscape Lighting is a great DIY project with the ability to transform any yard into a beautiful night time setting. Electrical projects may seem daunting to some people but this is a project that anyone with basic hand tools can handle and the results will leave…

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DIY Pallet Wood Liquor Cabinet

By Todd Fratzel on Interior Decorating

How To Build A Pallet Wood Liquor Cabinet Pallet wood is an excellent choice for making unique furniture and accessories for your home. In this article I’d like to share how to make a DIY pallet wood liquor cabinet. I built two of these recently for a home bar and the results were great. This…

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RYOBI Launches Line of Garage Door Openers and Accessories

By Todd Fratzel on Garages

RYOBI Garage Door Opener Module System The folks at RYOBI continue to design products for the DIY’er and Home Owner that make sense both from a cost and productivity prospective. This week they have introduced something quite different, but certainly spot on when thinking about their core user group. The new RYOBI Garage Door Opener…

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