DEAR TIM: I think my house might be falling down. In the past few weeks, a large crack has formed where the ceiling meets the walls in my home. We’ve had cold weather set in and I seem to recall this happening last year, but can’t remember. The cracks are worse in the center of […]
DEAR TIM: I'm in a pickle and not liking it. I moved into an existing home only to discover a few months ago the shingles on my roof are defective. Fortunately, the previous homeowner saved all his product brochures and I know the brand and type of shingle. But I've run into resistance with the […]
DEAR TIM: I'm building a new home and two concrete block piers toppled over when a ladder was leaned against one. The one pier crashed into the second one. Why did this happen and what could have prevented it? I thought concrete block was the smart product to use for my foundation and home, but […]
DEAR TIM: I was helping my boyfriend install some wood trim this weekend and had a disagreement with him. It was about the proper way to hammer finish nails. He's of the opinion you should drive them flush with the wood and then paint over them. I remember my dad using a small tool he […]
DEAR TIM: I'm remodeling a small room that has no heat. Radiant heating is really appealing to me because it's so comfortable. I've seen mats that go under ceramic tile or laminate flooring. Are these electric radiant heating mats reliable? Are they hard to install? Can you control them with a programmable thermostat to save […]
DEAR TIM: The 8-inch by 10-inch wall tiles in my bathroom are bulging out in places. I pushed on them and they moved. Further investigation revealed many are loose and only held in place by the grout between the tiles. The tile have been up for eight years installed by a pro who supplied the […]
DEAR TIM: I have an attic space in my home that has small vertical walls that transition to a sloped surface. There's a small flat surface of ceiling area in between the two sloped surfaces. I need to build a partition wall in this space to create a separate storage room. How hard is this […]
Cordless hammer drills are capable of drilling holes into solid granite quickly and easily. No need to use sledge hammers and star bits. If your project calls for a full day of drilling, you may want to get a corded drill and a portable power generator.
When it comes to digging a hole or trench, or just moving dirt around, there is a proper shovel for each different job. Use the wrong hand shovel and you could make the job even harder. Check out these tips on selecting the proper shovel for the job.
Do you have a hump in a wall caused by a poor jog of drywall finishing? The humps can appear where a flat seam or a wall stud with a horrible crown cause the high spot in your drywall. Here is a tip on how to hide that drywall hump.