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Eric M. Sokolowski and his wife, I think, have trouble in Tukwila, Washington. They have to tile over bad concrete and are stuck on what to do. Here's Eric's full report: "Hi Tim, We want to replace the kitchen/foyer tile in our 1993 condo. We already knew the subfloor was some type of soft concrete that […]

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Barb Havens and her husband are building a house in Eldora, Iowa. He's just finished installing the tile in a cozy sunroom and Barb wants to know how much to grout at one time. Can the entire floor be done the same day? Here's what she sent to me. Look at the photo below too. "How […]

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Deb Teitelbaum lives in Phoenix, AZ. Her daughter, who I assume also lives in the Valley of the Sun, had a contractor get grout all over her new cabinets. Read about the saga: "My daughter had new travertine tile installed in her home in February, 2015. The contractor's sub got grout on the base of  a […]

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Clare Horvath and her husband live in Newtown, CT. She wants to tile over her acrylic shower base. Read what she sent me: "We have a shower stall that the previous owner added an acrylic floor to.  It does not flex and appears to be very solid.  Can I tile it? As you can see the […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm replacing my bath exhaust fan. The old fan was vented through the soffit. I don't believe I have an attic as there seems to be no access to the space. My roof is sloped but my bath ceiling is flat. What's the best way to exhaust the fan out through the soffit? […]

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Tim Carter shows a failed plumbing vent flashing, a high-quality replacement flashing, and he provides step-by-step install instructions. Just below the video is a LINK to PURCHASE this high-quality flashing. Here is a picture of the Lifetime Tool & Building Products' plumbing vent flashing. This is the one installed in the above video. CLICK HERE […]

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Harold Meehan lives pretty close to me over in North Bennington, Vermont. He's got a good question about the location of his tub valve. I am going to do a bathroom remodel the tub is going to be a whirlpool type tub. The drain end will be against an outside wall, the other end will be […]

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Ross Moran and his wife Kate live in Leeds, England (UK). They purchased two copper pans they want to convert to sinks. Ross wants to know about copper sink care and preparation. Hi Tim, You have a fantastic website - some really helpful information on here and people are reading all the way over here in […]

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Julie might have used a valuable Beatles or Rolling Stones CD or two or three to make a backsplash in her home in Essex, UK. Here's what she want to know: "I have made a kitchen backsplash out of old CDs. How can I remove the tile grout without scratching the CDs? Are cup brushes any good?" […]

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Burt Jackson has a problem with a groaning noise in his water pipes after some work was done at his house in LeRoy, OH. Here's what he sent me: "I had a tankless water heater installed. Now I have a low pitched growl in the water pipes. The sound occurs in relationship to running water in […]

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