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DEAR TIM: I’ve got a choice to make about my new home. The builder is giving me an option as to going with a poured concrete or concrete block foundation. There’s not a huge difference in price, but I’m more concerned about the durability and strength over the long run. If you were given a […]

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  You may not have seen this romantic movie, but the beginning part of this scene didn't make the final cut. Pay attention to what Rose says starting at 2:31. If you grasp what she says and begin practicing it as she did by looking at the photos on her nightstand, you'll discover the true path to […]

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DEAR TIM: I work at a smaller municipal airport and need your help. The concrete inside some of the plane hangers is crumbling at the straight lines where one giant slab of concrete touches up against another slab. There’s a metal strip in between the slabs if that makes a difference. What’s the best way […]

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Here's a fun short quiz and I guarantee you'll discover something new about plumbing around your home. Be sure to SCROLL to the top of the page after you CLICK SUBMIT. When you do that, you'll see a link to View Your Score. You want to do this because the next screen will have HANDY LINKS […]

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Ruth Ann, who lives in Lincoln, MA, wrote to me about grab bars. Here's what she had to say: "We are installing safety bars in our tiled bath, tile over rock lath plaster (1927). The installer plans to use wall anchors, not toggles or into studs. He insists this will hold,, been doing it for […]

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Dan lives in Norwalk, CT. He emailed me overnight and needed immediate help. His question was so good, and I happened to have a photo I took three years ago, that I decided to publish it. Here's what he sent: "Wondering if Behr Textured Deck Over stain would be recommended on a freshly sanded 24-year-old […]

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DEAR TIM: I recently saw a new paving system that I thought was ingenious. Instead of a solid driveway there were two strips of some precast concrete, each about 2-feet wide for the car tires. Grass was growing within the concrete strips and the area between the concrete was just lawn. Back by the person’s […]

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DEAR TIM: After noticing some bubbled paint inside my home under a few windows, I did an inspection of the outside of my home and discovered holes in the mortar of my brick window sills. It’s obvious water is getting into the walls at these entry points. If I just caulk these will my water […]

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Rich Sinclair who lives in Hainesport, New Jersey emailed me asking the following question: "Can you replace only one broken pane of a double pane window? The answer is simply: No Double pane, or insulated glass, is made by taking two pieces of glass and separating them with a special spacer that has an adhesive […]

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Here's a FUN quiz to see if you know some of the absolute basics about rough carpentry. If you were working with a good teacher, you'd discover the answers in about two hours on the job site. There are many more quizzes coming and as you advance up to the next level in each series, […]

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