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Dan Ritchey, from Malta, Montana, asked: "Do you have to use metal lathe and thinset on stone veneer or can you apply a scratch coat on cement board then install the stone veneers?" Great question Dan! I always approach these from the manufacturer's standpoint. The first thing you need to do is read the WRITTEN […]

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Missy Merritt, who lives in Ocean View, NJ, has a problem in her pool house. " I have a pool house that was build without a foundation. You have to step down to the pool house. This is my only guest room and it is very musty smelling. The pump from the well is in a […]

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Jennifer Brown, who lives in Panama City, FL, purchased a new home that's got some serious plumbing issues. Read this: "We purchased a new home about a year ago and have had non-stop plumbing issues. After months of the plumber coming out and telling us there was no problem, it was discovered that one of […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm now retired and starting to attack a huge list of projects. One of them is building a simple shed and I have no clue how to cut and create a simple roof rafter. I know it can't be that hard, but I'm confused. Surely you've cut your share. What's the process and […]

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An anonymous person named Free who lives in Lancaster, CA moved into a new mobile home park. He or she's got a problem with water odor: "My toilet smells like rotten eggs. The shower water also. I live in a brand new mobile home, in a park that uses well and city water. We've been […]

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Raimond Cheung was working on his brick steps at his house in Rego Park, NY and got stumped. Here's his question: "My old brick step is falling apart.  I took a few bricks out and found they have no holes.Can I re-use those old bricks?  I know new bricks have holes and good for mortar binding. […]

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Maurizio Magnani was perplexed after visiting a public park in Duarte, CA. Here's what he wrote me: "I would like to build a river rocks assembly I saw at a nearby park. See the photo below. The rocks are bonded together by some kind of bonding material which is placed in the back of the […]

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Barbara Mandese, who lives not to awful far from the San Andreas fault in Monterey, CA, reached out for a life preserver after throwing out her back mixing concrete. Read what her dilemma is: "Hi there!!! So glad I found this site. Here's my question. I made this "Hypertufa" planter (in case you don't know […]

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