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Don Sanders is pulling out his hair in Peculiar, MO. It seems he installed a door in his shed and the rough opening wasn't square. Here's what he sent to me: "I installed an entry door in my shed. The floor was level and the jack and king studs were level. So why weren’t they square […]

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Deb Teitelbaum lives in Phoenix, AZ. Her daughter, who I assume also lives in the Valley of the Sun, had a contractor get grout all over her new cabinets. Read about the saga: "My daughter had new travertine tile installed in her home in February, 2015. The contractor's sub got grout on the base of  a […]

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A dry Christmas tree in your home is more dangerous than you think. If the tree catches on fire, and does so low in the tree near the floor, it burns HOT, rapidly and with great intensity. Watch the video below and then come back here in the fall of 2015. This fall there will be […]

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DEAR TIM: My brick house was built in 1921. The brick are a mixture of brown, various shades of red, beige and black. I had some deteriorating mortar replaced and the handyman smeared the mortar on the brick. What do I have to do to clean up my brick mortar making sure I do not […]

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The labor contract to build the Hoover Dam was huge in its day. This was back in the 1930's. They started to build the dam in 1931 and it was completed more than two years ahead of schedule in 1936. Are you sitting down? The consortium of companies that built the dam didn't have to […]

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Michelle Hill is hot and bothered in her Crosby, Texas home. It does get very hot in Texas in the summer. Here's what she wrote to me: "If my house is a little over 1,700 sq ft including the attached garage, how big should the AC be?" Here's my answer: Michelle, it's not that easy. […]

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When I was in the 8th grade, I was in a canoe that tipped over in a lake. Canoes tip over faster than you can say "Oh No!" I was in CT with my friend Jim Kahles. My new SLR camera got dunked. In the past few years I've gone sailing up here in NH […]

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DEAR TIM: Money is pretty tight and I need a new roof. I've watched a few videos on YouTube and believe I can handle the job. My old shingles need to come off and I'm working alone. How do I ensure no water will leak into my home since I can't get all the shingles […]

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Randy King needed to update an older kitchen in order to help sell his house. Here is his story. Be sure to check out the photos below. "Rehab of a 1950's ranch.  We wanted to add some wow to our project, and we know the best place to do that is in the kitchen, so […]

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DEAR TIM: My new home is under construction. I'm in a disagreement with my builder about what's going to happen under my garage slab. Right now there's a trench around the inside on all four walls where they had to dig to install the foundation. The center of the garage area is undisturbed dirt and […]

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