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DEAR TIM: I know that professionals have expensive thermal imaging devices to look for heating and cooling leaks in homes. I can't afford the hundreds of dollars they cost and wonder if there's a thermal camera that can attach to my smart phone or tablet. Are you aware of any, have you tested them if […]

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Interior hardwood floors can get damaged by sand and grit from shoes, animal claws, boxes that got slid across a floor instead of being carried, etc. You can sometimes get professional repair results with minimal effort. If a scratch is not deep and you have decent hand-eye coordination, you can use small, fine artist brushes […]

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Concrete is simply artificial rock. If it's mixed, placed, finished and cured correctly it can last 100 or more years. If your concrete steps, walkways, patios, etc. are crumbling, you may be able to repair them with traditional products and methods or you can choose from some modern materials. Often concrete deterioration is just a […]

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Old Man Winter finally got up and went home. This past year he reminded me of that family relative that still is sitting on my couch at 10 pm on Thanksgiving, not knowing it was time to leave a while ago. With warm temperatures and favorable weather here, it's time to get started on some […]

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On March 31, 2015 I had to make a trip to the Lowe's store closest to my home. I needed to return two sheets of drywall and pick up more low-dust joint compound for a project at my own home. The Customer Service Return desk is just to the left of the main door of […]

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DEAR TIM: Money is tight and I have to tackle a drywall project. I've never done it before and from what I see on the cable home improvement shows it looks simple. I've also watched quite a few videos on YouTube, including all of your videos. My wife thinks I'm delusional. I don't want to […]

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Caitlin Jenkins and her husband now live in Basel, Switzerland. But the building has a brick floor and she's dealing with efflorescence. Let Caitlin give you the details: "Hi Tim, I saw your YouTube video on efflorescence  and I'm wondering if you have any particular recommendations for our situation. My husband and I just moved into […]

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Tiernan O'Rourke was painting a window at his home in Athy, Ireland. The trouble is he proceeded to get paint on the window's weather stripping and then closed the window. Here's his full report: "Hey Tim, It's great service you have here and even better if you can help 😉 I've made an annoying mess of […]

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