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A woman who wishes to remain anonymous for some reason who's name begins with D and ends in an a, lives in a house in Chicago, IL, where someone let a door fly into a wall. Let her tell you the rest: "Hi.  We had a door handle type hole in our wall and we have […]

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DEAR TIM: My head is spinning from all of the conflicting information I'm seeing online about crawl space encapsulation. Should it be done or should I just rely on the traditional vents I have in my foundation? I have a 1,100 square-foot crawl space and the slate floor above is ice cold because there's no […]

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Joe Dworak, who's doing some work, I assume, on his house in Rosemont, CA, has an interesting question about 3/8-inch drywall: "Can 3/8 drywall be used on a ceiling mounted to furring strips 24 inches on center?" Here's my answer - note it's two parts: Joe, yes you can use 3/8-inch drywall on ceilings like […]

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Margaret Hilpert, who's got the pithy writing style down pat, lives in North Carolina and wrote to me:  "Vapor barrier over studs and insulation. Is that all we need before installing a shower kit and tongue and groove paneling?" Margaret, yes, that's all you need! But be SURE to do it right! CLICK HERE to […]

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David Roll lives in a very new home inBattle Ground, WA that had a water line MELT and caused a flood. You'll not believe Dave's story. Here it is unedited: "Hi Tim.  I am in a brand new home for 1.25 yrs.  House flooded this past weekend, significant damage. Plumber cut open wall to find issue.  […]

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Melinda Schlottmann and her husband are building a shop in Stagecoach, NV. They made a mistake when purchasing the roofing. What's important is they don't make a SECOND mistake. Here's what Melinda sent: "We are finishing building a shop with a low slope roof. We purchased what we thought was rolled roofing and after opening the […]

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Norman Zarr, who lives in glorious Asheville, NC home of the Biltmore Estate and the Grove Park Inn, has water dripping from his T and P valve on his water heater. Here's what he told me: "I get  water dripping from my pressure/temperature overflow valve on my water heater.  What are the possible causes? I have […]

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Robert J Herman did some major remodeling to his house in Keyport, NY, ten years ago, but a rookie or brain-damaged plumber was on the job. Read what Robert has to say: "About ten years ago we had an addition done on our house and a lot of work. When they put the vent pipes in for […]

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DEAR TIM: I argue constantly with my husband about him wasting expensive paint brushes and roller covers. He says it's too hard to clean them and when he tries, he seems to ruin them. I can't believe that pros throw away brushes and roller covers. What do you do? If you clean your tools, how […]

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