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Yesterday, everyone in our family received a very, very sad text from my oldest daughter Meghan. She now lives in central California with her amazing husband Brent. Their youngest cat, Hector, went missing over a week ago. Meghan found him yesterday and sent all of us the following text message. She was unable to call us […]

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Donald Cameron lives across the pond in Edinburgh, Scotland, UK. He's got an interesting question about periodic gravel driveway maintenance. "Hi Tim, I have a gravel driveway, shared with my immediate neighbour. We have typical traffic - two 4x4s, two saloons, LPG delivery lorry 8 times a year etc. The service piping for LPG gas, septic […]

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Cynthia Russell wants to install laminate flooring in her Standish , MI home. But she's having trouble locating the best brand. Here's her tale: "We are considering putting laminated flooring in our house. We were looking at Pergo flooring, but after doing some research I found only negative reviews. We also looked at Diamond flooring. The […]

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Lee Eismann lives in Upper Marlboro, MD and had to tangle with some hair, gunk and a sink stopper control rod in his wife's vanity sink. I'm thinking of starting a betting pool on how long his marriage is going to continue. Here's why: Hi Tim! OK, I searched for this question/topic per your instructions, and […]

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Steven JP has a wretched toilet smell from his new toilet in his China home. Let him describe the situation. "Hey Tim! my new toilet has three connection points in the base. See the attached picture. I can't figure out why. This is a fancy new technology toilet that I bought here in China. It's an Arrow […]

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DEAR TIM: I've always wanted a wet bar. My husband and I do lots of entertaining and I feel it would be so handy. I'm open to all sorts of ideas since I've only got one chance to get this right the first time. How do you deal with the plumbing issues if you want […]

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Roger Hull is working in a tight spot trying to dissolve some PVC glue. He's in Denham Springs, Louisiana. Here's what he asked me: I"m in a tight spot between floor joists. I'm trying to take apart some 4" PVC. Is there anything that will help dissolve the PVC cement?" Here's my answer: Roger, I've been a […]

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Nadine has a problem with a sagging roof in Atlanta, Michigan. Here's her full report: "My roof is sagging. I never realized my rafters are 27 and one-half inches on center. The roofing material is is made from metal squares. What can I do to make the roof flat? Look at the photo of the underside […]

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Terry Shirley has a deadbolt lock in his Asheboro, NC  home that's hard to turn. Here's his story and he's sticking to it: "I have a sticky deadbolt on my front door and I know it's not the catch plate, because it's sticky with the door open. I have tried WD-40 and graphite. Neither worked. I […]

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Carl King is thinking of buying an historic building in Baltimore, MD that has some brick erosion. Here's what he sent me: "I went to look at a building for sale in a historic district and found a problem with the brick I've never seen before. I wanted to know what you though the cause might […]

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