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DEAR TIM: My new home is under construction. I'm in a disagreement with my builder about what's going to happen under my garage slab. Right now there's a trench around the inside on all four walls where they had to dig to install the foundation. The center of the garage area is undisturbed dirt and […]

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Patricia Whitworth has a few leaking skylights in her Hernando, FL home. Here's what she sent to me. I assume since she's so brief she's running around looking for a mop and bucket: "Skylights leak. How can we permanently remove them?  How to cover up hole in inside ceiling?" Here's my suggestion: Patricia, are you sure […]

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DEAR TIM: My new house foundation was just poured on a sloping lot. I stopped by just after the forms were stripped from the foundation and I think they poured the foundation too deep. The ground on one side of the house is about 5 feet higher than the top of the foundation. I think […]

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DEAR TIM: I stopped by my new home construction site the night before the foundation footer was going to be poured to start to take photos. I saw several white pipes inside the forms and wondered what they were for. Will these compromise the strength of the footer since the concrete thickness will be less […]

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DEAR TIM: Our house has a free-standing decorative brick wall with an iron gate. In various places, the bricks are crumbling. In some places, the entire face of the brick has come off. I do not have enough replacement bricks to replace the damaged bricks. Must I replace the bricks that are merely crumbling or […]

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Cheri Bednarck lives in  McAlester, OK. She's got a driveway issue and needs a repair. Here's what she told me: "My property sits on a sandbar. My driveway has been cracking and slipping for years. During the latest downpour a large undermining area has washed a lot of the sand between the driveway and the street. […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm getting bids on a new roof and some of the roofers want to use a nail gun to install the shingles. Is this a good idea? I've also heard stories about inferior galvanized nails that don't hold up and start to rust soon after being installed. What type of nails would you […]

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Maryann Mosca had an unfortunate loss in her life and now she's trying to finish a stone job and needs to change the mortar color. She lives in Branchburg, NJ. Here's what she sent me: "Let me start by saying my husband was a carpenter and put on a 2nd floor and front porch on our […]

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