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Quick Column Summary: Prep work for pressure washing Chewing gum stain removal Pretreat with oxygen bleach Use pressure washer carefully 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Need a firewood shelter Don't cover with a tarp Airflow keeps wood dry Put a roof over firewood 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to clean teak table Pressure washers can cause damage Use an oxygen bleach Seal with synthetic resin DEAR TIM: I purchased a used teak outdoor table from the online classified ad website Craigslist. It was a great deal, but it needs some tender loving care. How do I clean it? Should […]

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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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DEAR TIM: I live in a house with a concrete block foundation. I think the outside of the block has a decorative stucco on it because the exterior of the block is not smooth. Some of the exterior is crumbling and I wonder if my foundation is going to fail. Can the damage be repaired? […]

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Think about this. It's the day after St. Patrick's Day - March 18, 2014. There are still 4-foot piles of snow surrounding my driveway. Up at the top of my drive in the cul-de-sac you can find 8-foot piles of snow and ice 3-feet thick sticking on the side of the ledge! It's going to […]

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