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Janis Hatch is building a new home in Lafayette, CO. She thinks she's got a problem with her new foundation. "We are building a home with a national builder.  The foundation was poured last week. When the forms were removed there was a pie shaped gap about 15 inches long (vertical) at what will be […]

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Margaret Warren has a mess down in Alvin, TX. "We had travertine mixed blocks laid as kitchen backsplash.  The installer didn't know to seal the tile, so now we have the crevices and pits filled with grout. How would you recommend removing the unwanted grout.  It's two days old and we've been working to remove." Ouch! […]

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Kristina Rowan, who lives in Bryan, Texas, has an excellent question about the magic of placing and finishing a concrete porch. "Hi Tim! My husband and I are planning to replace our concrete front porch. I'm not sure if it was originally poured and patched poorly, but it is cracking and crumbling terribly. The roof […]

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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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