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DEAR TIM: I'm having a new house built and it's been raining for a week. The roof is partially framed and every piece of lumber and all the flat OSB is soaked. My builder says this is normal and I still get my ten-year warranty. Is it okay for a house to get wet while […]

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DEAR TIM: My garage is at the bottom of a hill and is tucked into the soil on three sides. I do get some water leakage through the concrete block walls in the spring and during heavy rains. The asphalt floor is always damp despite running a dehumidifier all summer. Do you have any solution […]

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It's August of 2015. Each day more and more people are watching and consuming video on their mobile phones and tablets. I'm one. Over the past six months I've watched countless videos on my Nexus 4 smart phone. Here's a short list of articles about this growing trend. If you're a marketing manager, you better […]

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Eric M. Sokolowski and his wife, I think, have trouble in Tukwila, Washington. They have to tile over bad concrete and are stuck on what to do. Here's Eric's full report: "Hi Tim, We want to replace the kitchen/foyer tile in our 1993 condo. We already knew the subfloor was some type of soft concrete that […]

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Tan has  been busy tamping in Toronto, Canada. He's building a brick patio. Let him fill you in: "Hi Tim! I'm going guild a brick patio in my backyard. I just covered the ground with garden fabric, dumped gravel on top and I compacted it. Should I put stone dust, compact  and lay bricks over it […]

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Sandra Schumacher lives up in the land of billions of barrels of oil better known as Bismarck, North Dakota. She's got a problem with here patio because it slopes towards her house. Allow her to explain. "We have a 10 x 12 concrete patio that has sloped toward the house causing leakage during rainstorms. Could we […]

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DEAR TIM: My wife and I moved into a new condominium building in March 2009. When it rains and there's heavy wind, we get water leaking through the brick. A gentle rain shower with the rain falling straight down causes no problems. What is causing the problem? There are many older brick buildings on the […]

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Barb Havens and her husband are building a house in Eldora, Iowa. He's just finished installing the tile in a cozy sunroom and Barb wants to know how much to grout at one time. Can the entire floor be done the same day? Here's what she sent to me. Look at the photo below too. "How […]

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James C. Cooks lives in hot and steamy Plantation, FL. This is the land of mildew and mold and no snow or frost. He wants to build a deck on top of an old concrete patio that's covered in mildew. When the concrete was wet, someone walked in it. Look at the footprints in the slab. […]

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Mike Flannery is in Denver, CO. But he's perplexed about caulking the trim in a staircase. Here's his full report, albeit abbreviated: "Crack between moulding and top of stair risers indoors.  Original caulk cracked. Looked sloppy. Removed caulk.  1/8 in gap.  Idea is to put spline in gap as backing prior to re-caulk and then painting.  […]

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