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Concrete Laundry Tub TIPS Concrete sinks are fantastic. Do not get rid of one! Valuable!! Contain high amounts of Portland cement and wire mesh reinforcing WATCH concrete epoxy video below Use Stain Solver oxygen bleach to deep clean concrete CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I have a 1938 Cape […]

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Pergola Ideas for Small Patios TIPS Scale is very important - think Big for small patios Wind load is real and pergolas can blow over or away Use DIY copper rot treatment for buried posts Mix lumber species and stains for multi-colored WOW factor CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: […]

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Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, shares tips about change orders in this last video of a four-part series. Change orders are Death on a Stick. Change orders delay jobs. Change orders mean your plans were HORRIBLE. Change orders lead to big arguments. Tim shares how to AVOID change orders in this video. Free & Fast […]

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Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, discusses MONEY in video number three of a four-part series about finding the best contractor. Money is the only leverage you have in a job. You only want to pay for completed work that's done right. If you pay too much money up front, you can get RIPPED OFF. A […]

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This is video number two of a four-part series. In this video Tim discusses the importance of the contract. In a perfect world, and it happened only once during Tim's building career, you should be able to hand a contractor a set of plans, specifications and a CONTRACT and not have to talk to him […]

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This is video number one of a four-part series. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com and national award-winning builder, discusses how easy it is to locate the true professionals in your town. This video was shot before the advent of the online contractor-homeowner matching services, but it's relevant because you'll use this system to DOUBLE CHECK to […]

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I didn’t ask permission from my editor to depart from my normal question and answer format, but I’m sure he’ll agree this is a long overdue column. I’ve been writing this column now for over twenty-three years. Ask the Builder was first published October 2, 1993. It was my original goal to help you get […]

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The following checklist is a FREE sample of some very important things you need to make sure happen as you build your new home or room addition. There are MANY OTHER THINGS that are important and they're included in a comprehensive checklist I created years ago. Don't count on the building code to protect you. It's […]

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Modify Wood and Attic Trusses TIPS Trusses can be modified or changed Structural engineer must be consulted WATCH truss videos below! Replace with common rafters CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Mike, from Cleveland, Ohio, wrote to me: Tim, great reading your tips. I've got a question, I would like to convert […]

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The size of studs used in exterior walls, coupled with additional insulation can be highly energy saving. You can determine the possible payback by understanding heating degree days.

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