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Julie might have used a valuable Beatles or Rolling Stones CD or two or three to make a backsplash in her home in Essex, UK. Here's what she want to know: "I have made a kitchen backsplash out of old CDs. How can I remove the tile grout without scratching the CDs? Are cup brushes any good?" […]

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Robyn has a house in my hometown of  Cincinnati, OH. The corners of her concrete foundation are cracking off and she wants to know how to repair them. Here's her testimony: "The corners of my foundation are slowly falling off. I know I have foundation problems, but I want to put this big chunk back on […]

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Lorraine Innes has a big problem with trash chute noise in Marco Island, FL.  Allow her to describe the dreadful situation. "Our condo is next to the trash chute. We are on a lower floor and not only hear the trash coming down the chute (19 floors), but hear it crash into the dumpster. It wakes […]

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Ann Faircloth has spilled oil on her driveway that she just sealed in Southampton, UK. Let her tell you about how her cleaning effort failed: "I had my my drive sealed, but we spilt oil on it. It doesn't look any better, since we cleaned it. Can we put another coat of sealant on top of […]

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I was in Antigua in May of 2015 doing work as an expert witness on a civil construction case. The photos below show what I've come to realize are somewhat standard Antigua construction. From what I've seen driving around, there's a significant lower quality standard than what you'd see in certain parts of the USA. […]

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The two photos below were taken from the property where I'm staying at Hodges Bay, Antigua. Hodges Bay is at the northern tip of the island of Antigua. Antigua is is the Lesser Antilles and Antigua is one of the eastern most islands of all Caribbean islands. It's just a few hundred miles north of […]

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Judi Adkins has had some much-needed rain in Austin, Texas. But she feels the flooding in her condo requires the changing of at least one downspout direction. Here's what she sent to me: "I live in a first floor condo. It has a recent history of water damage. We are experiencing an unusual deluge of rain this […]

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Valerie and her husband are building a new home in Grand Rapids, MI. She went to the site and discovered cracking in the basement slab. Here's her report: "We are in the process of having our home built, using a local builder. The basement has a hairline crack on the floor of the basement. We understand […]

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Tommy Cummings is perplexed in Fife Lake, MI. Here's one of the shortest questions I've ever received. "I am using 2x6 studs. How is the correct way to build my window headers?" Well here's my answer: Tommy, there's two parts to this answer, the method and the engineering solution. As for method, what you do is take […]

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I get press releases sent to me on a regular basis. On some days as many as ten. Yesterday I received a very important one about a fantastic change in the Federal law about lead paint removal regulations. Read the press release below from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and you should take pause. […]

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