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DEAR TIM: My chimney is constructed with concrete block and has a thin stucco coating. I know the top of the chimney is not right and some of the blocks are falling apart. There are also tiny hairline cracks all over the chimney that don’t seem to be serious. What would you do if this […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm looking at bids right now for a re-roof project and a new deck job at my home. The bid documents mention flashings. I have no clue what they are and whether or not they're important. If they are important, what should I know to ensure they're installed correctly? I realize it's impossible […]

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Michael Slater is putting new wood siding on his house in St. Catherine's - Ontario, Canada. Here's what he said: "I am replacing old vinyl siding with pine board and batten. How far off the ground level should I place my boards? The vinyl was at 10 inches,  but I would like to show a […]

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Judy Saulle, who lives in a cedar-sided house in Earlysville, VA, has an interesting problem with her house.  "Our garage does not have any sheathing just cedar siding nailed  to the studs. We want to use the space for storage but the the walls are all water stained. We're looking for a simple solution to […]

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Steve, who's having a house built in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a questionable builder. I see big trouble brewing. "We are having a home built and OSB boards were used for the roof. It has been seven weeks now since the OSB was installed and we are still waiting for the shingles to be installed. […]

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DEAR TIM: Winter is fast approaching. Last year I goofed up. I stacked my firewood outdoors like I see others do, but it rained on the wood, it froze up and then it snowed on the woodpile. When I did chisel out the pieces to burn, they were damp and produced a poor fire. I […]

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One of my ham radio friends almost burned his house down in the past two weeks. He had to switch out the four-gallon propane tank under his grill and somehow cross-threaded the hose connector. The leaking gas caught on fire and even though he had a fire extinguisher nearby, he failed to put out the […]

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I'm pretty much just like you. I'm not immune from receiving advertisements in the mail. Earlier this week I received a postcard from GutterBrush that was promoting a 20-percent-off offer. Here it is: On the back of the card there was more information, including logos from six different home improvement publications, television shows or radio […]

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Tracy, who eats lots of cajun food in Plaquemine, LA, asked me about a poor-quality gutter guard I reviewed in a past video of mine. Here's what she said: "In your video about gutter guards, the last item you mentioned as the newest thing in gutter guards was plastic fiber.  I'm trying to find the name […]

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Lisa, who lives in hilly Columbia Heights, Minnesota, - perhaps that's why her town has *Heights* in it, has lots of storm water running into her garage. Let her tell you about it: "We have a sloping backyard, which causes storm water run off to come down and turn the corner into our garage, it […]

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