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DEAR TIM: My garage is at the bottom of a hill and is tucked into the soil on three sides. I do get some water leakage through the concrete block walls in the spring and during heavy rains. The asphalt floor is always damp despite running a dehumidifier all summer. Do you have any solution […]

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Tan has  been busy tamping in Toronto, Canada. He's building a brick patio. Let him fill you in: "Hi Tim! I'm going guild a brick patio in my backyard. I just covered the ground with garden fabric, dumped gravel on top and I compacted it. Should I put stone dust, compact  and lay bricks over it […]

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Sandra Schumacher lives up in the land of billions of barrels of oil better known as Bismarck, North Dakota. She's got a problem with here patio because it slopes towards her house. Allow her to explain. "We have a 10 x 12 concrete patio that has sloped toward the house causing leakage during rainstorms. Could we […]

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James C. Cooks lives in hot and steamy Plantation, FL. This is the land of mildew and mold and no snow or frost. He wants to build a deck on top of an old concrete patio that's covered in mildew. When the concrete was wet, someone walked in it. Look at the footprints in the slab. […]

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DEAR TIM: My brick house was built in 1921. The brick are a mixture of brown, various shades of red, beige and black. I had some deteriorating mortar replaced and the handyman smeared the mortar on the brick. What do I have to do to clean up my brick mortar making sure I do not […]

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DEAR TIM: Money is pretty tight and I need a new roof. I've watched a few videos on YouTube and believe I can handle the job. My old shingles need to come off and I'm working alone. How do I ensure no water will leak into my home since I can't get all the shingles […]

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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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