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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 walls in a heavy rainstorm. "Hi Tim, I have viewed through your Q&A and videos. I have brick veneer in front of my house and only […]

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Barb Koehler, who lives in Moultonborough, NH, is facing an expensive re-roofing project. I have a feeling she has the same decroted pieces-of-crap shingles on her house that I have. Read this: "Tim, We have a failed twelve-year-old asphalt roof.  We're currently looking at an expensive removal/re-roof job.  The shingles were changed to less oil […]

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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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Dan Ritchey, from Malta, Montana, asked: "Do you have to use metal lathe and thinset on stone veneer or can you apply a scratch coat on cement board then install the stone veneers?" Great question Dan! I always approach these from the manufacturer's standpoint. The first thing you need to do is read the WRITTEN […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm now retired and starting to attack a huge list of projects. One of them is building a simple shed and I have no clue how to cut and create a simple roof rafter. I know it can't be that hard, but I'm confused. Surely you've cut your share. What's the process and […]

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Raimond Cheung was working on his brick steps at his house in Rego Park, NY and got stumped. Here's his question: "My old brick step is falling apart.  I took a few bricks out and found they have no holes.Can I re-use those old bricks?  I know new bricks have holes and good for mortar binding. […]

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Maurizio Magnani was perplexed after visiting a public park in Duarte, CA. Here's what he wrote me: "I would like to build a river rocks assembly I saw at a nearby park. See the photo below. The rocks are bonded together by some kind of bonding material which is placed in the back of the […]

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Barbara Mandese, who lives not to awful far from the San Andreas fault in Monterey, CA, reached out for a life preserver after throwing out her back mixing concrete. Read what her dilemma is: "Hi there!!! So glad I found this site. Here's my question. I made this "Hypertufa" planter (in case you don't know […]

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David from Longford, Ireland, wrote me with a fascinating question about building an outdoor barbeque. He's wondering about the correct brick to use. "I'm building a DIY bbq and need around 40-50 bricks. I was in Homebase and they have red paving slabs at 49c each, which is the price I was hoping to spend. Other shops have […]

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