Q&A / 

Ken Morris has lots of water puddles on his stamped concrete patio in Phoenix, AZ. He thought of an idea on how to solve it, but I believe I have a much better solution. Here's what he sent to me: "My patio was poorly designed.  You can see from the picture I get standing water and […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Kevin Garretty emailed me about a vexing problem at his Beaufort, SC home. He's scratching his head about the correct way to vent a washing machine and needs a venting diagram. I asked him to send me what he was talking about and you'll see his diagram below. For the record, I'm a master plumber among […]

READ THE ANSWER »

In April of 2015, I decided to move from my larger basement office up to my cozy man cave ham radio shack. I had been putting it off for years, but many many possessions were just gathering dust.   Here's the reality. Why hold onto something you don't use anymore if you can SELL it […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Kelsey Rogers has a musty smell when anyone takes a shower in her Chattanooga, Tennessee house. Here's the situation: "For about the last two weeks in our home we have had a mysterious mildew/musty smell. Usually the time we smell it is during or right after someone has taken a shower or bath. We can smell […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Faith James has a nice home in Dallas, Texas. But now there are some ugly dark stains coming down from the roof onto her stucco. Here's what she sent me: "Hi, Tim, After snow and rain I noticed black streaks down the front of my stucco home, coming from either the roof or the gutters. Please […]

READ THE ANSWER »

DEAR TIM: I purchased a piece of property that has a 150-year-old garage in bad shape. It's got a dirt floor. The roof is shot. It leaked so badly that in some places the wood roof sheathing is completely missing. The rafters that support the sheathing seem undersized and are not rotted for some reason. […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Three weeks ago I applied for and received a license to operate amateur radio equipment in Antigua. I'm going to be there for a week on business and have several days of free time. It's going to be a great chance to operate next to the sea where the salt water will enhance the radio […]

READ THE ANSWER »

I was invited to visit the Briggs & Stratton world headquarters in Milwaukee, WI on April 17, 2015. The day was filled with meetings, testing of their new products and a short tour of their amazing museum of original Briggs & Stratton products spanning over 100 years. This is a crazy mashup video showing me […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Bruce Helm plans to build a deck at his home in Louisville, Kentucky, but he's got a problem or two. He needs a material list and he's never built a deck before. There's an old saying, "You don't know what you don't know." Here's Bruce's request: "I am building a deck on the front of my […]

READ THE ANSWER »

Elaine Maxam has a new kitchen remodel going on at her Clermont, FL home. Her new granite top has a crack in it and the installers tried a field repair. Let her tell you the tale: "We hired a company to install kitchen cabinets and granite counter tops after a recent fire. The granite installation has […]

READ THE ANSWER »

SPONSORS /