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Robyn has a house in my hometown of  Cincinnati, OH. The corners of her concrete foundation are cracking off and she wants to know how to repair them. Here's her testimony: "The corners of my foundation are slowly falling off. I know I have foundation problems, but I want to put this big chunk back on […]

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Ann Faircloth has spilled oil on her driveway that she just sealed in Southampton, UK. Let her tell you about how her cleaning effort failed: "I had my my drive sealed, but we spilt oil on it. It doesn't look any better, since we cleaned it. Can we put another coat of sealant on top of […]

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Judi Adkins has had some much-needed rain in Austin, Texas. But she feels the flooding in her condo requires the changing of at least one downspout direction. Here's what she sent to me: "I live in a first floor condo. It has a recent history of water damage. We are experiencing an unusual deluge of rain this […]

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Valerie and her husband are building a new home in Grand Rapids, MI. She went to the site and discovered cracking in the basement slab. Here's her report: "We are in the process of having our home built, using a local builder. The basement has a hairline crack on the floor of the basement. We understand […]

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Donna Hirsch is about to build a fairy garden at her home in Worth, IL. She needs some creative ideas about how to make a patio. Let her tell you: Hi Tim, This is a much smaller scale than you're used to, but I know you'll know the answer. I want to make a fairy […]

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Helen Jennings wants to create a new door in the exterior wall of an ancient stone home in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire England! Here's what she sent me: "Do you think it would be possible to knock a doorway through this side external wall on the same level as the front door? I'd also want to add a […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got a lawn mower, a snowblower and a garden tiller with small gasoline engines. I'm about to purchase a log splitter with one. I don't want any issues and want to avoid any damage to the new engine and the existing ones. I've heard that the current gasoline with ethanol in it […]

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DEAR TIM: I've struggled for years trying everything to permanently fill aggravating cracks in blacktop. The magic caulks sold at the big boxes have provided me with dismal results. The worst part is no matter what I try, sometimes the repair looks worse than the actual crack. The repair material stands out like a sore […]

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Gutter covers are a huge business. They really came of age back in the 1990's. I clearly remember seeing these products multiply when I'd attend the different trade shows like the National Hardware Show and the International Builders Show. Both of these shows have a playpen area that's got smaller booths designed for start up […]

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