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DEAR TIM: I need to build two cheap desktops. I'm lucky in that I have small cabinets that the top can rest on. One top is for my man cave and the other one is for a hobby and craft center for my wife and young kids. I'm looking for durability, afford-ability, ease of construction […]

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Jane Theobald has a roof leak around her pot or turtle vents. She needs to repair them before it rains again in Omaha, NE. She also has some professional advice for me. Here it is: "I have water leaking in from the peak of my roof. The turtle or pot vents are installed really weird and […]

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A mom from Miami, FL wrote to me a few days ago about her child, a daughter, that has a fear of loud noises. Read what she sent as I'm sure it will surprise you as much as it did me. "Hi Tim, I read your Terms and Conditions and obviously, agree, otherwise I wouldn't […]

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Peter Zawisha is getting ready to put in a new asphalt drive and he wants to prevent cracks on the sides of it at his home in Hardyston, NJ. Here's what he told me: "I'm having driveway redone. Should I install 4x4 or 6x6 pressure treated lumber to help keep the asphalt stay tight together? Or […]

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Pam Caviness wants to reduce the amount of water she's using in Monrovia, CA. Here's her situation: "During the winter my hot water comes out freezing cold. In the summer my cold water is scalding hot. I have a gas water heater in the garage and the copper pipes run through the attic to the two bathrooms […]

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DEAR TIM: I know that professionals have expensive thermal imaging devices to look for heating and cooling leaks in homes. I can't afford the hundreds of dollars they cost and wonder if there's a thermal camera that can attach to my smart phone or tablet. Are you aware of any, have you tested them if […]

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Interior hardwood floors can get damaged by sand and grit from shoes, animal claws, boxes that got slid across a floor instead of being carried, etc. You can sometimes get professional repair results with minimal effort. If a scratch is not deep and you have decent hand-eye coordination, you can use small, fine artist brushes […]

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Concrete is simply artificial rock. If it's mixed, placed, finished and cured correctly it can last 100 or more years. If your concrete steps, walkways, patios, etc. are crumbling, you may be able to repair them with traditional products and methods or you can choose from some modern materials. Often concrete deterioration is just a […]

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Old Man Winter finally got up and went home. This past year he reminded me of that family relative that still is sitting on my couch at 10 pm on Thanksgiving, not knowing it was time to leave a while ago. With warm temperatures and favorable weather here, it's time to get started on some […]

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On March 31, 2015 I had to make a trip to the Lowe's store closest to my home. I needed to return two sheets of drywall and pick up more low-dust joint compound for a project at my own home. The Customer Service Return desk is just to the left of the main door of […]

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