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Lisa, who lives in hilly Columbia Heights, Minnesota, - perhaps that's why her town has *Heights* in it, has lots of storm water running into her garage. Let her tell you about it: "We have a sloping backyard, which causes storm water run off to come down and turn the corner into our garage, it […]

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Deb Schwartz, who runs a restaurant in Eagle Rock, CA, has a perplexing problem with a sewage odor in here Craftsman house that's now a restaurant. Let her tell you all about it: "We bought a restaurant about a year ago which had been an old Craftsman House built around 1911.  It was converted to […]

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Seyla Pen, who lives in southern Maryland, is a shade-tree mechanic. To be more accurate, he's trying to install a professional car lift in his garage. Let him tell you: "I saw a video that you posted on YouTube about the importance of steel wire mesh in concrete and so I decided to contact you […]

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Rosie Palau, who lives in Sarasota, FL the home of the best sugar beach sand in the USA, has a big problem in her home. I know how to solve it! "My landlord had a new roof put on the house last December. 2013. All was well until we put the air conditioner on late April […]

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DEAR TIM: It seems every month there's a new cordless tool. The power claims and run time seem unbelievable. Before I start investing heavily into cordless tools, I'm wondering if you can weigh in. Am I a victim of inflated marketing claims or are cordless tools advancing to where they really can perform equally with […]

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DEAR TIM: I purchased a used teak outdoor table from the online classified ad website Craigslist. It was a great deal, but it needs some tender loving care. How do I clean it? Should I just pressure wash it? After cleaning it, how should I protect it or can I just let it weather to […]

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DEAR TIM: I've decided to install some wallpaper. It's a small room, so it shouldn't be too hard. Since I've never installed wallpaper, I'm filled with anxiety about how to cut and trim the wallpaper where the paper stops at the ceiling. Can you de-mystify the process? What other tips can you share with the […]

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Last week I was having a rare phone conversation with my editor at the syndicate that distributes my Ask the Builder column. Dave's a great editor and a DIY enthusiast. Somehow the conversation drifted to how he looks for help online to do projects and to help guide him when he decides he needs to […]

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Larry Niccum, who now lives in Ogden, UT but is moving west to Mesquite, NV, had a stumper question to a sales rep at a Del Webb community. Here's what Larry sent me: "We are building in a Del Webb Community in Mesquite Nv.  We are upgrading an additional $10,000 for kitchen cabinets or we […]

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I don't have a record of when the meeting happened, but my guess is it was 2004. I was in the offices of Miller Brothers Paint in Norwood, Ohio meeting with the owner of the company and his Information Technology officer. "Tim, I've been selling paint for 30-plus years. You may know construction and a […]

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