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James Toth, who has his hammer out in Bridgeport, CT, is itching to install wood cabinets on a poured concrete wall. Here's what he wrote after watching the video below. Be sure to read MY REPLY below the video: "I have some cabinets to hang on a concrete wall in my basement. They do not […]

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Larry Niccum, who now lives in Ogden, UT but is moving west to Mesquite, NV, had a stumper question to a sales rep at a Del Webb community. Here's what Larry sent me: "We are building in a Del Webb Community in Mesquite Nv.  We are upgrading an additional $10,000 for kitchen cabinets or we […]

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Vicki Mead, who resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, asked me with a tinge of smoker's guilt this question: "First of all:  I don't smoke, so that is not an issue.  But there is a film that develops on the INSIDE of the car window.I live in the sunny south and when the sun strikes that film, […]

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Teresa, from Dove Creek, CO, asked a pithy question about recycling cedar siding. "Does reclaimed cedar siding make a good floor?" Here's my answer: Teresa, cedar is a very soft wood. I'd never use it as a flooring material. Oak is a handsome wood as is maple. Both work well for flooring.

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Gordon Polson, from Mercer Island, Washington, is remodeling his basement. His wife wants a wood floor, but... There's always a but: "We're finishing our basement floors. My wife favors a wood floor. The floor never floods (we are on a hill), but in the winter the concrete floor is colder than the basement air and […]

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Tom P. who lives down south, who has the patience of Job, emailed me just before Christmas, 2013: "I have something I need to fix.  We bought our house 2 1/2 yrs ago and it was built in 2005.  Our entry way and dining area have hardwood floors, suspended of course because we live in North Mississippi and the houses […]

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Tom Donohue, who lives up in Ontario, Canada, has a humid basement. He's not alone. Millions have this issue. "How can I reduce humidity in my basement in the summer. I do not have cracks in my foundation or sitting water. The humidity level today is handled with a de-humidifier. Is there a better long […]

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Bill Curtis, who lives in Concho, AZ, emailed me with a fascinating situation: "We have a barn that we installed 8 roof turbines.  Four blew off, mangled.  Company sent 4 more, we now only have one left on roof.  We get 50 mph winds alot, micro bursts that hit over 100 mph often.  Should we […]

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Anne Sluder, who lives in a condo with noisy neighbors below her in St. Petersburg, Florida, asked me the following question: "What product do you put down under laminate floor to block noise for the unit under you, when you're installing flooring in  unit  on second-floor of condo building?" This is an easy one!! Anne, […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve never had great success filling cracks in stained wood surfaces. I’ve tried different wood fillers and the crack looks the same or worse after the repair. When I use some fillers before I stain the wood, the stain is blotchy around the repair. I’ve just about given up. Is there a magic […]

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