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DEAR TIM: Yesterday I stopped by my new house that’s under construction. I go there at the end of each day to take photos. I saw a strange board nailed across the wall studs that surely is a mistake. It ran at a diagonal from the bottom wall plate up the wall to one corner […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m going to build a new home and want to make sure I seal all air leaks in my new house. The new home is close to where I live and I have the time and inclination to do some work on it myself. My current home leaks air around doors, windows, at […]

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Do you want to avoid getting SCREWED when hiring a contractor? Use the following SECRET tips below. Hack #1 Write out exactly what you want done and what you expect to be done on a piece of paper. Give this to each of the contractors who comes to give you a bid. Don't assume the […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve just placed an offer to purchase a two-bedroom house. It’s an older building, probably close to seventy, or more, years old. After placing the offer, I then took a closer look around the exterior and noticed some cracks in the brick under the bay window. Is this a serious problem? Like many, […]

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I've been a master plumber for over 35 years. How many times do you think I've used a tubing cutter on a job site, in a customer's home or to make a video? Tens of thousands of times. So who better to review the Milwaukee 1-inch mini tubing cutter than a person like me, right? […]

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Some power tools have the strangest names. This is one. The actual name for this tool is: 18V EC Brushless 1/2-Inch Square Drive Impact Wrench with Detent Ball I kid you not. But don't let the stodgy name fool you. This is ten tons of dynamite with a one-inch fuse. I'm not a reviewer that […]

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I'm quite lucky in that I get to test new tools on a regular basis. Not too long ago, I received a STIHL PS 10 folding saw. Having used similar hand saws in the past, I felt I'd be able to provide you with a great assessment as to if it's worthy to hang on […]

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Tim Carter demonstrates how to use the Stihl 2 N 1 Easy File Chainsaw Chain Sharpener to sharpen a chain in the field. With the STIHL filing guide and the STIHL Stump Vise, you can quickly and easily sharpen you chainsaw chain. Be sure to follow manufacturer's instructions.   The above is an affiliate link. […]

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If you've read comic books in the past, watched the Heroes TV series or have seen any of the newer Marvel movies about superheroes, then you're undoubtedly aware of magical super powers. One that I wish I had over the years was X-ray vision that would allow me to see through plaster, concrete, tile, wood […]

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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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