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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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Bill Curtis, who lives in Concho, AZ, emailed me with a fascinating situation: "We have a barn that we installed 8 roof turbines.  Four blew off, mangled.  Company sent 4 more, we now only have one left on roof.  We get 50 mph winds alot, micro bursts that hit over 100 mph often.  Should we […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got a 5 foot 6-inch tall wood privacy fence with very little gap between the vertical wood pieces. When I built the fence I used 4x4 posts in between the wood panels. The posts were buried 2 feet down and surrounded by concrete. I come home from work or wake up and […]

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Tim demonstrates in this video, the magical cement paint and how to mix up strong and sticky stucco repair mix. It's all magic. This is the last video in the series. [Lynn asks] "How do you get the new stucco to stick to the crumbling stuff?" Okay that's a great question. So Lynn wants to […]

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Tim Carter travels to Mt. Airy, MD to demonstrate to Lynn on a rainy day, how she'll repair her foundation. This is part two of a three-part video series. I'm back up on Lynn's front porch and it's raining. It's just crazy. Tomorrow is May 1st and I think I saw a glacier driving here. […]

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Watch this video to discover the process to fix your crumbling foundation or concrete steps or wall. This is Video One in a Three-Part series. I'm outside here at Lynn's and it's raining. I'm under a little bit of an overhang of the roof here, and it's just that very miserable day. But we're gonna […]

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Brandon Stone, who hails from Moncton in the great maritime province of New Brunswick, Canada, is desperate. Here's why: "I have a concrete wall on my 40-year-old foundation that is  crumbling. I was told it was built with beach sand and the salt is deteriorating the wall. What can I do to stop this? I'm desperate […]

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