In May of 2012, I started an extensive outdoor test in real conditions of quite a few name brand deck sealers. The test was conducted here in central New Hampshire. The sealers were tested on treated lumber and cedar decking. Both are very popular wood species used for outdoor wood decks and structures. Here's the […]
DEAR TIM: My family is growing and I need to move my home office. I looked up into the attic over my garage that’s built with standard roof trusses. There’s plenty of room to create a room. How do I cut and modify the trusses to create an open space like the attic in the […]
DEAR TIM: A powerful rain and wind storm damaged the asphalt shingles on my home. My neighbors are telling me I need a new roof. I think it can be repaired. The wind blew off a few shingles here and there. The roof is only three years old, so I don’t feel it’s an age […]
Libbie, a handy woman hailing from Port Alberni, British Columbia, Canada - our northern ally - emailed me with a great message. Read it for yourself: "Tim, Love your videos: I am a pensioner (gal) with limited physical ability ~ BUT ~ consider myself able to do a lot of handy work, the house (1967) […]
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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DEAR TIM: I'm going to do an ambitious concrete project this summer pouring a long sidewalk. My initial results are disappointing. The finish I'm getting on my concrete is rough and too many stones are at the surface. I wonder if I have my mix proportions wrong or what else may be the problem. Can […]
DEAR TIM: This is the year of the deck at my home. I’ve scheduled the time off and I’m ready to build, however I need your help on several things. How do I connect the deck posts to the deck? How do the posts connect to the concrete pier, or do they just rest on […]