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Jolynn, who lives in paradise - Waianae, Hawaii - wants to clean a commercial building with a pressure washer. Here's what she wants to know: "When pressure washing  a single-story commercial building what should I do to prep? Will I need to cover the bottom of the doorways so that water do not wet interior? Do […]

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Paula Butterworth, who had some concrete work  done at her home in Kennewick, WA, is not happy with the color of the finished slab. Here's what she told me: "Based on the attached photos can you tell me what went wrong to cause the discoloration of my garage floor ? The concrete finisher added 1 […]

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DEAR TIM: I just purchased a home where the landscaping bed is up against the brick front wall. The home is about twenty-five-years old. The planting bed extends about 3 feet from the house and is constructed with timbers that hold the dirt and mulch up against the brick. Is it bad to do this? […]

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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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