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Kathy bought a house in a suburb of St. Louis.  Here's what she sent me: "I purchased a home and the previous resident used gas line to run water thru the house from the main line.  Is this safe for water and does it leach any chemicals? Should I have my water tested? We plan […]

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DEAR TIM: Yesterday I stopped by my new house that’s under construction. I go there at the end of each day to take photos. I saw a strange board nailed across the wall studs that surely is a mistake. It ran at a diagonal from the bottom wall plate up the wall to one corner […]

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This is a video every man should watch - three times. I can tell you I made this mistake the second Christmas I was married to Kathy. I saw she didn't have a clothes hamper and I grew up with one. How could anyone survive without a clothes hamper I thought. What an IDIOT! This […]

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Bruce asked me the following question: "When water and ice is installed, should it be adhesive backed and should it be on the bare sheathing?" At first I was going to give my standard response, but I thought this would be an excellent teaching moment. I say this because each day I get many similar […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m going to build a new home and want to make sure I seal all air leaks in my new house. The new home is close to where I live and I have the time and inclination to do some work on it myself. My current home leaks air around doors, windows, at […]

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I had the chance to test the Rubi Diamond Viper 10 Inch Diamond Blade several weeks ago. It performed beyond my expectations. If you've ever used a wet saw to cut ceramic tile, then you know it's not a big deal for most diamond wet-saw blades to cut a standard tile. After all, most ceramic tile is just […]

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Do you want to avoid getting SCREWED when hiring a contractor? Use the following SECRET tips below. Hack #1 Write out exactly what you want done and what you expect to be done on a piece of paper. Give this to each of the contractors who comes to give you a bid. Don't assume the […]

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Tim Carter hires Todd to make seamless gutters. He shows you how EASY it is! You use flat aluminum to start and make it go through a fancy machine. The machine bends the metal at the rate of about 2 feet per second. You can insert any painted aluminum flat coil stock to get whatever […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve just placed an offer to purchase a two-bedroom house. It’s an older building, probably close to seventy, or more, years old. After placing the offer, I then took a closer look around the exterior and noticed some cracks in the brick under the bay window. Is this a serious problem? Like many, […]

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I've been a master plumber for over 35 years. How many times do you think I've used a tubing cutter on a job site, in a customer's home or to make a video? Tens of thousands of times. So who better to review the Milwaukee 1-inch mini tubing cutter than a person like me, right? […]

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