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Porch Steps Rise Run TIPS Risers and treads have distinct relationships Safe stairs can be steep or shallow 7.5-inch riser and 10-inch tread is BEST COMBINATION Install anchor cleat at base of steps! CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I asked a contractor to build a set of porch steps […]

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Room additions are just as complex as building a home. Matching the addition to the home while still living there is difficult.

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Spring Exterior Home Maintenance TIPS Some checklists miss important items Concentrate on water and UV light damage WATCH plumbing vent video below Use special epoxy for concrete and blacktop repairs CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve live in a quaint Cape Cod-style home and try to keep it in […]

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Roof Popping Noise TIPS Roof popping in the wind is flexing the rafters or trusses Popping in the morning and evening is thermal expansion Diagonal braces almost always stop the noise Residential structural engineer is the pro to get for a consult CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I need […]

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Dissolve PVC Glue TIPS PVC glue is permanent if primer was used Heat can sometimes defeat the bond WATCH the PVC videos below Repair couplings are the answer CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Roger Hull is working in a tight spot trying to dissolve some PVC glue. He's in Denham Springs, Louisiana. […]

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Ceiling cracks can be caused by your roof trusses absorbing moisture during hot weather. This truss uplift can be controlled by the homeowner with a little effort or by getting the builder to install L-shaped truss clips on the top of interior walls.

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How To Flip Houses TIPS Cable TV shows are NOT realistic - don't believe them Hard, dangerous and risky work filled with surprises Plan for cost overruns - at least 50 percent Landslides a real danger in certain areas CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’ve decided it’s time to […]

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Cracked Treated Wood TIPS Treatment chemicals evaporate causing cracks Seal with synthetic-resin sealers - See my test results below WATCH wood epoxy video series below Apply sealer within days of installing treated lumber CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: Over the summer I ripped up the old boards on my […]

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Excess grout can mess up a ceramic tile job. To avoid excess grout, use a release agent on the ceramic tile. To actually remove the grout, scouring pads and water work best. Using other things like acid can result in damaged tiles.

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