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I get press releases sent to me on a regular basis. On some days as many as ten. Yesterday I received a very important one about a fantastic change in the Federal law about lead paint removal regulations. Read the press release below from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and you should take pause. […]

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Donna Hirsch is about to build a fairy garden at her home in Worth, IL. She needs some creative ideas about how to make a patio. Let her tell you: Hi Tim, This is a much smaller scale than you're used to, but I know you'll know the answer. I want to make a fairy […]

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Helen Jennings wants to create a new door in the exterior wall of an ancient stone home in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire England! Here's what she sent me: "Do you think it would be possible to knock a doorway through this side external wall on the same level as the front door? I'd also want to add a […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got a lawn mower, a snowblower and a garden tiller with small gasoline engines. I'm about to purchase a log splitter with one. I don't want any issues and want to avoid any damage to the new engine and the existing ones. I've heard that the current gasoline with ethanol in it […]

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Burt Jackson has a problem with a groaning noise in his water pipes after some work was done at his house in LeRoy, OH. Here's what he sent me: "I had a tankless water heater installed. Now I have a low pitched growl in the water pipes. The sound occurs in relationship to running water in […]

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DEAR TIM: I've struggled for years trying everything to permanently fill aggravating cracks in blacktop. The magic caulks sold at the big boxes have provided me with dismal results. The worst part is no matter what I try, sometimes the repair looks worse than the actual crack. The repair material stands out like a sore […]

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A week ago I installed two of the mrBEAMS 360 LED spotlights. The ones I put in were white, but you can get them in dark brown too. These exterior spotlights are: powered by three D batteries activated by motion stay on for just 30 seconds unless they continue to sense motion can talk to […]

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Gutter covers are a huge business. They really came of age back in the 1990's. I clearly remember seeing these products multiply when I'd attend the different trade shows like the National Hardware Show and the International Builders Show. Both of these shows have a playpen area that's got smaller booths designed for start up […]

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DEAR TIM: I've inherited a family cabin at the western boundary of the gorgeous Allegheny National Forest. It's got major roof and foundation issues. Where should I start with repairs? I do plan to spend lots of time here and the interior is in as bad a shape as the exterior. Do you feel this […]

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