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Robert and Sharon need some light on their front porch in Florence, KS. "We bought a older ranch house that doesn't have a front porch light or switch. How can we add one? And where would we get the power source from?" Well, this is an open-ended question to be sure! There are so many […]

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Jane Belanger, who lives in Louisville, KY - just down the Ohio River from Skyline Chili, had good intentions when she took up some carpeting. "What is the easiest way to fill in 1,500 screw holes in hardwood flooring? I removed the wall-to-wall carpeting to  expose a nice hardwood floor except that someone had screwed […]

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Quick Column Summary: Problem with water entering crawlspace A crawlspace below grade is similar to a pond Waterproof your basement by diverting the water   DEAR TIM: I've got a chronic problem with water entering the 4-foot-tall crawlspace under the duplex I live in. This year has been bad with all the rain we're having. […]

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Patrick McNeill, who is revitalizing his deck in Woodstock, GA asks: "Can I flip my deck boards instead of replacing them. They are treated lumber." You bet you can flip them. There's no harm in doing so. While you're at it, be sure to clean off any debris from the top of the support joists […]

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Gina Zuk, is trying to make her house look better. But she's not getting good advice from her siding contractor. "I have a contractor that says I don't need the house wrap if I am putting on the solid core vinyl siding made by Crane. I think it should have the house wrap as even if […]

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Shona, who lives in Herfordshire, England, had to get rid of her builder who was not dealing with the mold on her walls. "I have excessive mold on plastered brick walls. I have removed most of the detached molding plasterwork back to the brick to find crumbling mortar and damp brick. I was considering repointing, […]

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Dave Keith is working on his home in Syracuse, NY. It's an old one! "I need to know about footers for LALLY COLUMNS. I am fixing an 1870's house, two story, water damage. I will be adding many jack post/lally columns to level up floors and shorten floor joist runs(some 18 foot). Do the footers […]

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Quick Column Summary: Problems with new house construction Correcting an off-center window Wood-burning stove exhaust stack not properly installed Checking to see if the contractor is on the run DEAR TIM: I'm having a house built and I've got some problems. It's still in the rough stage with just the rough framing pretty much complete […]

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Quick Column Summary: Separating double french doors Doors already have hinge mortise New side jambs are needed DEAR TIM: I bought a prehung double french door because it was so beautiful and the price was great. I want to separate the two doors and use each one at different openings. Is this possible to do […]

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Chad Ewald, who lives in Stillwater, MN - a place mentioned in  Roger Stelljes' Deadly Stillwater book, has paint pigment stains on his brick. Great read by the way! Here's what Chad sent me: "How do I remove paint from brick?  The white medallion elements on my home appear to have bled white paint onto the brick […]

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