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DEAR TIM: I’ve got a real mess on my hands. I removed ivy from my brick home and the brick is now splotchy. The brick had a slight sanded texture that was lighter in color than where the the ivy was growing. When I removed the ivy, the sand came off and exposed a darker […]

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DEAR TIM: I have a large painted brick fireplace that we want to resurface with real river rock or something similar. My husband and I are not interested in veneer or ledge panels. Will the mortar be strong enough to hold the stones? Do we need to use a special mortar or is an additive […]

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DEAR TIM: We’re having a problem with the front porch on our home that’s forty-four years old. The outside corner of the poured concrete porch is curving up lifting the post that’s supporting the roof. There’s no tree or roots that could be to blame. The brickwork under the porch that connects back to the […]

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DEAR TIM: I spent some time at your AsktheBuilder.com website but couldn’t locate the exact video that answers my question. There’s a wide ugly gap between my concrete outdoor patio slab and the slab my house is built on. I’m trying to determine whether to caulk the crack or fill it with some cement-based patching […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m in the process of installing a metal roof over an outside deck. My rafters are in place and now I’m getting ready to purchase and install my flashing and sheathing. I was planning on putting plywood over the rafters and cross the rafters with a 2"x4" every 16" to secure the metal […]

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DEAR TIM: I’m building a new home and am quite concerned about possible flooding that could happen. I built on a hill and the land slopes towards my home. The builder didn’t put in much of a ditch at all and it seems like bad things could happen with a very bad storm or extended […]

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The above is a classic test to see if Morse code operators can beat young kids texting. Here's what you don't realize unless you're a Morse operator. The guys sending Morse on Jay Leno's show were doing it probably at only 20 words per minute (WPM). It's not unusual for good operators to be up […]

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Did you hear a myth or two here on the Internet that gluing pennies to the top of your roof will stop the black roof algae? I've got bad news for you. It doesn't work. I do know what works, and works well. Keep reading. I want you to go now to these few pages […]

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Did a storm damage your roof? Are your shingles wearing out prematurely? Do you have a new leak or a chronic leak that won't go away? You need a roofer unless you have skills like I do that allow you to do your own  roofing work. But you want to hire a PRO, not some […]

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Last night while helping my wife Kathy get dinner ready she said, "I saw one of your peers on a national news morning show today." "Really? What was he showing?" "He was talking about these caulks where you can actually caulk your window to the frame to stop air leaks. Evidently in the spring you […]

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