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Laminate Floor Over Concrete TIPS   Laminate floors must be on solid and smooth floors WATCH my Laminate Floor Video Series BELOW! Concrete is a solid base and excellent Use self-leveling compounds to make concrete smooth and level CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’m renovating a 1969 ranch home that’s […]

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Cold Air Bath Exhaust Fan TIPS Just Below                 Cold Air Bath Exhaust Fan TIPS: Damper in bath fans meant to stop mice, not air Smooth metal exhaust pipe must be sprayed with 2 inches foam Exhaust pipe should exit side wall of house with double door hood […]

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Quick Summary: Compare slab to crawl space wood floor cost Pros and Cons of slab Pros and Cons of crawl space wood floor Karen lives in Saint Cloud, Florida. She emailed me the following: "I would like to build a home that is about 600 sq ft with 1000 sq ft roof to cover the front […]

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CLICK HERE to get FREE BIDS from electricians in your city or town. I get quite a few questions each week about what size extension cord to use. You may be one that's very worried about safety and electrical fires when using extension cords. Talk with any seasoned firefighter and they'll tell you that extension […]

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Dimmer Switch SAFETY TIPS Just Below                 Dimmer Switch SAFETY TIPS: Most dimmer switches can only handle 600 watts Dimmer switches convert unused electricity to HEAT inside the dimmer switch Electric heaters usually are rated at 1200 watts, or more! TEST wall switches to see if they operate […]

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Granite Top Supports TIPS   Granite can crack if you bend it Plate steel is ideal but heavy Decorative thin cabinet will work Custom panel matching cabinets CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: My husband and I are just about at the end of an arduous and stressful kitchen remodel. […]

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Gabriele, who lives in Crofton, Maryland, was worried about putting in the wrong bulb in a recessed light fixture. She wanted to make sure the bulb wattage was safe. Here's what she asked: "My recessed light housing reads 60-watt bulb maximum.  The GE bulb I have says the 75w "uses only 53w." Since I just […]

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Bob lives in Saint Peters Missouri and asked a not-so-easy question about wiring recessed lights. Here's what he sent to me: "I'm installing seven recessed lights in my living room and they're IC rated. My attic is full of blown in insulation. Do I have to go up in the attic to secure the wiring to […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve read about electric floor heating and wonder if it will really do the job. Growing up I lived in a home that had electric coils in the ceilings of the rooms. The house was never really comfortable so I’m skeptical of the claims of the radiant floor mat manufacturers. If they do […]

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