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Are you thinking about purchasing replacement windows and doors for your home simply because you feel you’ll save lots of money on your energy bills? Some salespeople count on this fuzzy emotion when they try to get you to sign a contract that commits you to spending thousands and thousands of dollars on this major […]

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Last night while helping my wife Kathy get dinner ready she said, "I saw one of your peers on a national news morning show today." "Really? What was he showing?" "He was talking about these caulks where you can actually caulk your window to the frame to stop air leaks. Evidently in the spring you […]

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DEAR TIM: My exterior doors have leaded-glass inserts that I don’t feel are insulated well. I’m confused as I can’t feel the leaded glass because it’s sandwiched between two pieces of glass. On cold days when I stand in front of the door I feel air movement. How can I make sure this door is […]

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Dale Hanson is thinking of purchasing a condo in Champaign, IL. His inspector may have given him bad advice: "I am purchasing a condo and the inspector said he could not find a return air duct in the basement. Is it necessary to have an air duct in the basement?" Dale, I assume you mean is it […]

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Bonnie Speeg lives in a chilly apartment in the gaslight district of Clifton in Cincinnati, OH. She reached out and here's her paraphrased situation: "Tim, my forced-air furnace comes on too often and it's driving me nuts. It's hard to sleep and it's annoying. My landlord says everything is fine and I'm under the impression I […]

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Stacey lives in a nice house that was built the same year I was born! It's in Winnipeg, Manitoba Canada where it can get bitter cold. Let Stacey tell you what the problem is: "Hi. I'm in a 1,100 square foot one and one-half story house built in 1952. During the colder months I feel a draft […]

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Tim discusses new technology that alerts you when it's time to change your furnace or AC air filters. The notification can be via email. You can play the AsktheBuilder Filterscan Game. Just CLICK HERE to play. You could win prizes. (Prize deadline is November 17, 2014.)

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Quick Column Summary: Battery back up systems vs electric generators Portable and stand by generators cost less Battery elements cause of pollution 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: House Wrap vs Vapor Barrier Differences in products You may need both products Janice Rozier, who lives in Folkston, GA, sent me a fascinating email: "I'm having an addition built onto my existing brick home. The question I have is about the house wrap vs vapor barrier. The addition is framed wood […]

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