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Quick Column Summary: Car windows developed film Film comes from plastic off-gassing Will come off with soap and water Streaks mean you did not clean it well 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Need a quiet multi-purpose generator That generator is available Bigger means more power Smaller generators need more refueling 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Brick walls leak in heavy rain Can I drill weep holes into brick Do not drill bricks Coat bricks to stop water infiltration 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: How do you use a drill Modern drills have more options for use Drill bits for different materials Tim's tips list 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Advice for a novice using power tools Purchase high quality tools Read the Manuals cover to cover Practice, practice, practice cutting DEAR TIM: I'm brand new to the world of DIY. My husband and I just bought our first old home and have lots of projects to do. Believe it or not, […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to reduce humidity in basement You may be doing everything right Damproof or waterproof foundations Run a humidifier Tom Donohue, who lives up in Ontario, Canada, has a humid basement. He's not alone. Millions have this issue. "How can I reduce humidity in my basement in the summer. I do not […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.   Recall Summary   Name of Product: ProLED bulbs   Hazard: The LED bulbs can overheat and fall onto consumers below, posing impact and burn hazards.   Remedy: Replace   […]

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David Fern has lots of water and mold in his basement. He's one unhappy customer and wants to know who should have paid to make sure this didn't happen. I don't think he's going to like my answer. "Our basement has water issues. The sump pump runs a great deal, especially after it rains, and […]

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Lori Ohaco, who lives in stormy Lincoln, Nebraska, has a challenge. A light bulb broke in a fixture and she needs to, well how about she tell you: " I have an outdoor yard light with 40-watt bulb in it. It has started blowing bulbs every two days. Some of the glass got broken in a storm. […]

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Normally my columns are generated using questions from people I've never met, but the inspiration for this column came at the dinner table last night. My oldest daughter and her husband are moving to California in less than a week. We had a belated birthday celebration for both of them and the gifts they requested […]

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