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It’s hard to think about spring, but believe me it’s just around the corner. You may have ambitious plans to build that long-awaited DIY room addition this year. Good for you! Many a homeowner just like you has successfully completed a small simple room addition. All structures need a great foundation so they can stand […]

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Many houses on Long Island have ceramic tile that was installed by master craftsmen decades ago using a cement mortar that’s 100-percent waterproof. Guess what? You can still use a similar cement-based mortar to install your tile and it’s not that hard to do. When you decide to use these thinset mortars to install wall […]

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There are many methods to cut ceramic tile. Some of them are dependent on how hard the tile is. For example, porcelain tile - which is VERY HARD - is best cut with a wet diamond tile saw. Snap tile cutters almost always shatter this brittle tile. Common 1/4-inch tile found in most tile stores […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Some topics really get a rise out of people. Splitting wood is one. Certain people have a very strong opinion of what’s best. It has to be all the testosterone that’s surging through their veins as they smash the splitting maul down into a log! I’ve split wood using every imaginable tool, […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: I’m embarrassed to say I can’t remember my first footer. Pouring concrete down in a trench or a hole is not quite like your first kiss, that’s for sure! All I can tell you it was many years ago. I do remember many of the footers I dug and poured and some […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: For most of my life, I had never used a snowblower. I lived in Cincinnati, OH, and it just didn’t snow much there. Then I moved to New Hampshire. I shared a driveway with a born-and-raised New Englander. Within a month of moving in Dave said, “Go buy a snowblower. Snowplows just […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Thinset is a great waterproof adhesive. Tile setters for over 125 years have been using this material to install ceramic tile PERMANENTLY. Why is thinset so fantastic? It’s simply Portland cement and fine silica sand. Sometimes there might be another additive in the blend to increase strength. Portland cement is the only […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Chainsaws are dangerous. They’re also fantastic tools. It’s absolutely astounding how much wood you can cut in a short time with one. I’ve used chainsaws for over 40 years and never had an accident. I have had two close calls, but that’s because I did something STUPID.  There are two categories of […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Think of a trench drain as a long gutter in the ground. Just as a gutter at the bottom of a roof captures water and channels it to a downspout, a trench drain does the same thing at the edge of a driveway or a parking lot. You place the trench drain […]

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DEGREE OF DIFFICULTY: Have you ever used a table saw? I have for over four decades. They’re amazing tools that allow you to make straight and angled cuts. I remember my dad using one as a small child. It had no blade guard, it constantly tripped the circuit breaker in our house and its fierce-looking […]

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