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I was in Antigua in May of 2015 doing work as an expert witness on a civil construction case. The photos below show what I've come to realize are somewhat standard Antigua construction. From what I've seen driving around, there's a significant lower quality standard than what you'd see in certain parts of the USA. […]

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The two photos below were taken from the property where I'm staying at Hodges Bay, Antigua. Hodges Bay is at the northern tip of the island of Antigua. Antigua is is the Lesser Antilles and Antigua is one of the eastern most islands of all Caribbean islands. It's just a few hundred miles north of […]

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Judi Adkins has had some much-needed rain in Austin, Texas. But she feels the flooding in her condo requires the changing of at least one downspout direction. Here's what she sent to me: "I live in a first floor condo. It has a recent history of water damage. We are experiencing an unusual deluge of rain this […]

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Valerie and her husband are building a new home in Grand Rapids, MI. She went to the site and discovered cracking in the basement slab. Here's her report: "We are in the process of having our home built, using a local builder. The basement has a hairline crack on the floor of the basement. We understand […]

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Tommy Cummings is perplexed in Fife Lake, MI. Here's one of the shortest questions I've ever received. "I am using 2x6 studs. How is the correct way to build my window headers?" Well here's my answer: Tommy, there's two parts to this answer, the method and the engineering solution. As for method, what you do is take […]

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I get press releases sent to me on a regular basis. On some days as many as ten. Yesterday I received a very important one about a fantastic change in the Federal law about lead paint removal regulations. Read the press release below from the Window and Door Manufacturers Association and you should take pause. […]

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Donna Hirsch is about to build a fairy garden at her home in Worth, IL. She needs some creative ideas about how to make a patio. Let her tell you: Hi Tim, This is a much smaller scale than you're used to, but I know you'll know the answer. I want to make a fairy […]

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Tim Carter demonstrates how to use epoxy to repair concrete cracks and holes. He shares a secret tip on how to disguise the epoxy patch. CLICK HERE NOW to purchase the epoxy Tim uses in this video. CLICK HERE to BUY the great epoxy in Tim used in the video.

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Helen Jennings wants to create a new door in the exterior wall of an ancient stone home in Holmbridge, West Yorkshire England! Here's what she sent me: "Do you think it would be possible to knock a doorway through this side external wall on the same level as the front door? I'd also want to add a […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got a lawn mower, a snowblower and a garden tiller with small gasoline engines. I'm about to purchase a log splitter with one. I don't want any issues and want to avoid any damage to the new engine and the existing ones. I've heard that the current gasoline with ethanol in it […]

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