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Arlene Vargus, who lives on a race track street in Lynn, MA has a problem. "I live on  a noisy street and want to soundproof my three double-hung windows. Would adding regular store-bought storm windows installed outside existing windows work to cancel most of the car and motorcycle noise?" Arlene, the storm windows might work […]

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Stefania, who lives in the wonderful city of Johannesburg, Africa, has a fascinating question: "Hi there! I would like to paint over my bathroom tiles, however I don't want to see the lines of the tiles at all (in between the tiles). Is there a method where I paint a thick enough layer so that […]

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Carlton, who live in the epicenter of delicious, juicy peaches in Peachtree City, Georgia, has a nasty problem with his toilet that won't flush properly. Let him describe his distress: "I am stumped. I previously had a five-gallon toilet in our master bathroom that would not flush and pull the solids down the drain. It […]

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Danielle Torkensen is a new homeowner in Bloomington, California. She inherited a mess where the previous homeowner, well let her tell you: "I am a recent new homeowner & the previous owners messed up our brick fireplace.  It seems they tried to use some sort of adhesive/cement and tried to put some tile or other […]

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Paul Loudenslager, who needs to read up on Job and lives in Tifton, Georgia wrote to me. "I don't know how far your house is from your mailbox, but my mailbox is approximately 350 feet from the house. It's tiring at my age to travel back and forth several times a day to see if […]

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Steve, who's having a house built in Ann Arbor, Michigan, has a questionable builder. I see big trouble brewing. "We are having a home built and OSB boards were used for the roof. It has been seven weeks now since the OSB was installed and we are still waiting for the shingles to be installed. […]

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Fee Dombrowski, who lives in somewhat mild Bethesda, MD near our nation's capital, needs a snowblower. "Given another El Nino year, I'm trying to beat the snow blower buying frenzy. Any reviews of snow blowers? I have a single drive and walkway, just need something that can dig through the evil ice mounds the street […]

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DEAR TIM: Winter is fast approaching. Last year I goofed up. I stacked my firewood outdoors like I see others do, but it rained on the wood, it froze up and then it snowed on the woodpile. When I did chisel out the pieces to burn, they were damp and produced a poor fire. I […]

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Denis has a dusty house in California's Central Valley. He lives in Merced, CA. That's a clue by the way. Here's what Denis sent me: "Hey Tim, I have the dustiest house on earth and I mean dust. We dust every week and the dust is so fine that it even gets into the cupboards, […]

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One of my ham radio friends almost burned his house down in the past two weeks. He had to switch out the four-gallon propane tank under his grill and somehow cross-threaded the hose connector. The leaking gas caught on fire and even though he had a fire extinguisher nearby, he failed to put out the […]

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