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DEAR TIM: I was on vacation before Christmas visiting relatives in southern California. I love outdoor plants so we visited a place called Huntington Gardens in Pasadena. There I saw the most unusual patio and sidewalk paving. Never before had I seen such beauty and thought it was fake. Different small stones that were different […]

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It's a glorious bluebird day here in central NH. The sun has been up for about 30 minutes or so. Two days ago, the Winter Solstice happened about ninety minutes before sunrise. It's my favorite day of the year because after that point, there's more daylight each day if you live north of the Equator. […]

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Davey lives in Baltimore, Maryland. Yesterday he wrote me the following: "I have a small townhouse with a corner fireplace (zero clearance) in the basement that was built 33 years ago. The seven years we've lived here we've always known there's cold air coming in from behind the fireplace.  Finally, I cut open the drywall and […]

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Quick Summary: Compare slab to crawl space wood floor cost Pros and Cons of slab Pros and Cons of crawl space wood floor Karen lives in Saint Cloud, Florida. She emailed me the following: "I would like to build a home that is about 600 sq ft with 1000 sq ft roof to cover the front […]

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CLICK HERE to get FREE BIDS from electricians in your city or town. I get quite a few questions each week about what size extension cord to use. You may be one that's very worried about safety and electrical fires when using extension cords. Talk with any seasoned firefighter and they'll tell you that extension […]

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Dimmer Switch SAFETY TIPS Just Below                 Dimmer Switch SAFETY TIPS: Most dimmer switches can only handle 600 watts Dimmer switches convert unused electricity to HEAT inside the dimmer switch Electric heaters usually are rated at 1200 watts, or more! TEST wall switches to see if they operate […]

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I'm a master plumber as well as a builder. Crazy but true. I've been one for over 35 years. Gary, who lives in West Memphis, Arkansas, is remodeling his bathroom and has a question about walk-in shower drains. "I removed a bath tube and going to install a walk in shower. Do I need to […]

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Replace Cast Iron with PVC TIPS Just Below                 Replace Cast Iron with PVC TIPS: Only replace cast iron if it's in bad shape Cast iron is not noisy like PVC Be sure to use stainless-steel hub adapters on cast iron Watch my PVC VIDEOS Below! CLICK HERE […]

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