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Malcom O'Dell, who lives in the land of rainbows and unicorns in Washington, DC, came to my website, saw a column I wrote about portable electric generators - and possibly one about standby generators - and proceeded to take me to the woodshed to bust my chops. Read for yourself: "Why do you recommend environmentally […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got quite a bit of painting to do both inside and outside my home. I watched a neighbor use an airless paint sprayer and he made a mess of things. It seemed to spit the paint out. Professionals use real paint sprayers with compressed air that produce excellent results. I can't afford […]

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DEAR TIM: It seems every month there's a new cordless tool. The power claims and run time seem unbelievable. Before I start investing heavily into cordless tools, I'm wondering if you can weigh in. Am I a victim of inflated marketing claims or are cordless tools advancing to where they really can perform equally with […]

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Last week I was having a rare phone conversation with my editor at the syndicate that distributes my Ask the Builder column. Dave's a great editor and a DIY enthusiast. Somehow the conversation drifted to how he looks for help online to do projects and to help guide him when he decides he needs to […]

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I don't have a record of when the meeting happened, but my guess is it was 2004. I was in the offices of Miller Brothers Paint in Norwood, Ohio meeting with the owner of the company and his Information Technology officer. "Tim, I've been selling paint for 30-plus years. You may know construction and a […]

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Ms. Lisa Reynolds, who works for the Federal Department of the Interior in Colorado, had her offices flood with water.  Heck, I'll let her tell you the rest: "Our office suffered a burst pipe and about 2" of water flooded our basement. The basement contains offices and our lunch room with wallboard lined with base […]

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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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DEAR TIM: I've had it with power outages here at my home and I've decided to get an electric generator. I've got several complicating issues. For starters, my budget is tight. Second, I want this generator to be multi-purpose and take it on family picnics and camping trips. The generator needs to be quiet. What […]

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Sara, who lives in Elgin, IL, has an issue that plagues hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Let her tell you all about the water that runs down her basement walls in a heavy rainstorm. "Hi Tim, I have viewed through your Q&A and videos. I have brick veneer in front of my house and only […]

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DEAR TIM: Last week you helped Sally use a circular saw. I’ve watched people use a simple electric drill for years but never held one in my hand. Can you teach me how to use a drill, how to drill different sized holes and share any tips about what you’ve discovered over the years about […]

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