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Jonathan Smith is building a new home in Akron, OH. He went to look at the new footers and, well, allow him to tell you: "I'm building a new house, my contractor just completed the 8'' x 20'' concrete footers last week. And I could see some nails and rebars in the concrete. But I […]

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DEAR TIM: My chimney is constructed with concrete block and has a thin stucco coating. I know the top of the chimney is not right and some of the blocks are falling apart. There are also tiny hairline cracks all over the chimney that don’t seem to be serious. What would you do if this […]

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Jane, who lives with an old octopus gravity-feed (probably) furnace in Roseville, MI, has an odor issue. Let her describe it: "We moved into a home that has an old octopus furnace - it is labeled Sunbeam No. D - 522. There is a horrible smell when we turn it on. We don't think it's […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm looking at bids right now for a re-roof project and a new deck job at my home. The bid documents mention flashings. I have no clue what they are and whether or not they're important. If they are important, what should I know to ensure they're installed correctly? I realize it's impossible […]

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Olivia Stewart wants to paint her stained-wood cabinets. She lives in Oakland, CA. "What kind of paint do you use to paint over stained cabinets? I do not want to use a stain paint.  My cabinets are wood and over 30 years old." Olivia, I have an eBook about Painting Kitchen Cabinets that you should […]

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Leslie Ann, who lives in the land of the Buckeyes in Columbus, OH, needs to clean a teak table that's had lots of stuff on it.  She wants the BEST product, but doesn't want to shop online. Hmmmmmmm "What is the best way to clean a large teak table (used in the kitchen) that has […]

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Joe McGarvey lives in a house in Glenview, IL where the oak parquet flooring is unruly. "My 30-yr, oak parquet floor, adhesively bonded to porcelain tile, has begun to delaminate. What is the best way to stop this delamination?" Joe, I've got bad news for you. I don't think there's a way to stop the […]

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Michael Slater is putting new wood siding on his house in St. Catherine's - Ontario, Canada. Here's what he said: "I am replacing old vinyl siding with pine board and batten. How far off the ground level should I place my boards? The vinyl was at 10 inches,  but I would like to show a […]

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Judy Saulle, who lives in a cedar-sided house in Earlysville, VA, has an interesting problem with her house.  "Our garage does not have any sheathing just cedar siding nailed  to the studs. We want to use the space for storage but the the walls are all water stained. We're looking for a simple solution to […]

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