Bob Beacham


Name: Bob Beacham

Title: Contributing Writer

Bob Beacham is an engineer by trade and has spent 35 years working on everything from auto parts to oil rigs. He is also an avid DIY enthusiast. Bob started writing for the Bob Vila team in 2020 and covers tools, outdoor equipment, and home improvement projects.

Expertise and Experience

Bob spent many years working as an engineer. This gave him the opportunity to travel around Europe and the U.S., working with component suppliers to Aston Martin, Audi, Rolls-Royce and Volkswagen. He also spent some time working on control systems for the aviation and petrochemical industries.

In his late 40s, Bob changed career paths. Since woodworking was one of his favorite hobbies, he decided to start his own woodshop. During this period, he remodeled an old rural farmhouse from the ground up with his wife—the first of two similar projects. As a result, he gained extensive experience with techniques and tools. The woodshop was hugely enjoyable, but not particularly lucrative. He supported his passion with consultancy work and began writing freelance articles about his experiences for several online publications. After 10 very enjoyable years, Bob closed the woodshop after relocating to his current home. The consultancy work and writing continues.

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MAY 22, 2023 | MONDAY
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The Best Pool Skimmers of 2023

Pool skimmers are one of those tools no pool owner can do without. Even if the pool is regularly serviced by a maintenance company, there will be many times when leaves, dead bugs, pet ha...

MAY 11, 2023 | THURSDAY
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Appearance is probably the number one reason why many people pick a particular type of countertop, but what about the underlying structure? How will it cope with hot pans or spills? How e...

MAY 9, 2023 | TUESDAY
The Best Pool Patches of 2023

Most modern pool patches are easy to use, effective, and very low cost when compared with professional repair. They not only save money, but they also get people back in the pool faster. ...

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MAY 2, 2023 | TUESDAY
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The Best Home EV Chargers of 2023

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Stand-alone tubs are hugely popular, and they demand equally stylish freestanding tub faucets to complete a coordinated bathroom look. However, appearance is just one aspect of putting to...

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What is a flash flood? Imagine tens of thousands of gallons of fast-moving water arriving with little or no warning. These powerful surges typically happen after heavy storms or rapid win...