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DEAR TIM: I was in a home center and saw a hand-held belt sander. It seems so much more useful than the smaller oscillating sanders. I’m really thinking of getting one. What can you tell me about them and is it too much tool for the average homeowner? What kind of things can I use […]

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Have you ever had a power tool or other electrical appliance unplug itself from the end of an extension cord as you tug on the cord? It's happened to me and it's frustrating. In the past I simply tied the two cords in a knot. This is not a good thing to do with the […]

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If you're a professional painter, I'm willing to wager your perception of Behr Paint may be like mine was fifty-seven hours ago. As the wheels of my plane touched down at LAX on February 9, 2014, I thought Behr paint was a tier-two paint company that made paints I'd possibly put on a low-budget job […]

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DEAR TIM: My husband wants to create a man cave for himself and I have my eyes on a corner of our basement for a craft room. I’m not a fan of harsh concrete floors and want to install laminate flooring. I’ve got very little experience with all things home improvement. I can use a […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve got a few perplexing problems at my house and have no idea how to solve them. A friend tried to change 3-way switches for me at the top and bottom of my steps and now they don’t work right. My doorbell all of a sudden stopped working. A friend at work said […]

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DEAR TIM: For a month, it’s been taking longer and longer for the water to drain from my bathroom sink. This morning the murky water is just standing there not budging and defying my commands to exit my world and travel into the hidden plumbing pipes. I tried to pull out the stopper, but it […]

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William Roberts from Orlando, Florida (FL) wrote to me: "I have a three way switched light - like the example in your garden shed video. Both switches work correctly,  but if I touch the light fixture when the light is on, I get shocked. What would be the cause of that?" Well William, that's easy. […]

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My college degree is in geology. When taking Geology 101 years ago, Dr. Bullard made us study different types of erosion. One type of erosion is called "mass wasting". It's used to describe when rocks fall from a mountain making a sloping small pile of rock around the base of the mountain. I could NEVER […]

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