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DEAR TIM: I live in a brick townhouse. In the back there is a patio door leading to a concrete deck. The patio door sits on top of some brick work. We are planning to go from carpet to laminate floors. I'm trying to make sure the patio door is all sealed up keeping out […]

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DEAR TIM: My wife and I are building our new home and we stopped by to see the progress just after the foundation was poured. We saw a massive long block of concrete at least 10 inches thick in the middle of the basement floor. I don’t see how our basement floor will be smooth […]

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This is a special column about trust. It was inspired by no less than three emails and one phone call I had with visitors to my AsktheBuilder.com website and this column that appears in your paper. Lynn, who is building a new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is now wringing her hands each day […]

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DEAR TIM: My last house had a basement that leaked water. I’m building a new home and want my basement as dry as the Atacama Desert. I’m confident that my drain tile was not put in correctly at my last house. What are the best practices when installing drain tile around a foundation? What materials […]

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DEAR TIM: My husband and I are in a small skirmish about our new brick veneer home. I want it to be somewhat distinctive where you incorporate random pieces of rock in the brick. Among other claims, he says this will weaken the brick and cause leaks. Is this true? He’s also worried that it […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve got a somewhat perplexing problem. My wife and I are faced with moving her mom to an assisted care facility. The monthly costs for this are staggering. My mother-in-law is very mobile and needs just a little help. I did the math and it seems I can make her money last for […]

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Tim Carter finishes the installation of a new vinyl window in an existing frame wall covered with fiber cement siding. Watch the entire four-part series to see how to create the hole in the wall with precision. Discover tips about remodeling from national award-winning master carpenter and builder Tim Carter.

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Tim Carter demonstrates in this third video of the series how to cut out the wall sheathing and install the much needed sill flashing. The window install has been happening over a period of days and it's being done on a garage that has fiber cement siding for the exterior. Tim shows the importance of […]

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DEAR TIM: I have a house wrap installed on my house over plywood sheathing. No clapboards are in place yet. I'm getting moisture behind the house wrap that is of concern to me. The product was installed at about 55 F, last October. The moisture appears in varying temperatures and also whether or not exposed […]

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