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Carl King is thinking of buying an historic building in Baltimore, MD that has some brick erosion. Here's what he sent me: "I went to look at a building for sale in a historic district and found a problem with the brick I've never seen before. I wanted to know what you though the cause might […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm renovating a basement bath during the winter while I'm slow at work. When I removed the old shower insert, I discovered a large area of crumbling and missing concrete. There's standing water in the ground because of the high ground water table this time of year. I've discovered conflicting information online as […]

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Ryan Klak is having a gorgeous granite counter installed in his Cypress, TX home. The trouble is he's spotted a sag in the granite and wonders if it's going to crack. Let him tell you all about it. "I had a 7 1/2 ft x 4 1/2 granite island countertop installed the other day and have […]

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Kristen almost got hit by a chunk of ice from her furnace exhaust pipe in Milford, CT. She's still alive to tell her story. Here it is: "Hi, Tim. I have a large ice pillar on my 3rd story/attic siding. I only noticed it when an arm-sized chunk of ice fell and nearly hit me. At […]

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Stephanie has a banging noise in her shower in Stockton, CA. Allow her to give you a full report: "When I turn on the hot water valve in my shower it makes a banging noise until I increase the water flow. If the flow of the hot water decreases, it will start the banging noise again […]

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Craig Tiritilli is wondering if his hanging walnut shelves, and this things on them are going to bow the studs in his Dallas, TX home. Here's his situation: "I have 4 pieces of solid walnut board. Each is 40" x 10" x 3".  I want to attach all four of them to a wall as shelves […]

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Judy Lazo has basement walls that are flaking away in Haddon Township, NJ. She can tell the story better than me; "I own a home that my ex and I bought in 1997. There was never a problem with water in the basement and still isn't. There is a french drain and sump pump. Around 1999, […]

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Brenda Steele is getting ready to move into a new house in Bentonville, AR. But before the closing, there was a water leak in the kitchen. Here's her story: "We are under contract to buy a new home and are waiting for loan approval. We received a call saying someone left the kitchen sink on and […]

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Ken Williams has a very slippery shower floor in his Mooresville, NC home. Let him describe it: "The water in my house is very soft and so it is very slippery and the soap never seems to be rinsed off and as a result the shower floor which is 6X6 tiles is dangerously slippery. The […]

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