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DEAR TIM: My new home is under construction. I'm in a disagreement with my builder about what's going to happen under my garage slab. Right now there's a trench around the inside on all four walls where they had to dig to install the foundation. The center of the garage area is undisturbed dirt and […]

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Clare Horvath and her husband live in Newtown, CT. She wants to tile over her acrylic shower base. Read what she sent me: "We have a shower stall that the previous owner added an acrylic floor to.  It does not flex and appears to be very solid.  Can I tile it? As you can see the […]

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Patricia Whitworth has a few leaking skylights in her Hernando, FL home. Here's what she sent to me. I assume since she's so brief she's running around looking for a mop and bucket: "Skylights leak. How can we permanently remove them?  How to cover up hole in inside ceiling?" Here's my suggestion: Patricia, are you sure […]

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It happened in October of 2013. My wife and I were one of the many thousands of New Hampshire residents who got the letter President Obama said would never come. Remember, he promised time after time we all could keep our health-insurance plan and our doctors. He lied, and giving him a morsel of credit, […]

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DEAR TIM: My new house foundation was just poured on a sloping lot. I stopped by just after the forms were stripped from the foundation and I think they poured the foundation too deep. The ground on one side of the house is about 5 feet higher than the top of the foundation. I think […]

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DEAR TIM: I stopped by my new home construction site the night before the foundation footer was going to be poured to start to take photos. I saw several white pipes inside the forms and wondered what they were for. Will these compromise the strength of the footer since the concrete thickness will be less […]

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I'm a part-time train conductor in the summer and fall here in Meredith, NH. Last year, 2014, was my first year and my first week on the job one of my fellow employees, Theresa Drury, bestowed upon me the moniker of the Kissing Conductor. It happened because on one trip a vacationing Italian family wanted to […]

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DEAR TIM: My wife and I removed beadboard wainscoating in a house we just bought. In the process, we destroyed the wall. The beadboard was glued on and when it came down so did a thin coat of something. I think it's plaster. Why are there two different materials and why did the wall fall […]

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