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DEAR TIM: I've struggled for years trying everything to permanently fill aggravating cracks in blacktop. The magic caulks sold at the big boxes have provided me with dismal results. The worst part is no matter what I try, sometimes the repair looks worse than the actual crack. The repair material stands out like a sore […]

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A week ago I installed two of the mrBEAMS 360 LED spotlights. The ones I put in were white, but you can get them in dark brown too. These exterior spotlights are: powered by three D batteries activated by motion stay on for just 30 seconds unless they continue to sense motion can talk to […]

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Gutter covers are a huge business. They really came of age back in the 1990's. I clearly remember seeing these products multiply when I'd attend the different trade shows like the National Hardware Show and the International Builders Show. Both of these shows have a playpen area that's got smaller booths designed for start up […]

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DEAR TIM: I've inherited a family cabin at the western boundary of the gorgeous Allegheny National Forest. It's got major roof and foundation issues. Where should I start with repairs? I do plan to spend lots of time here and the interior is in as bad a shape as the exterior. Do you feel this […]

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Ken Morris has lots of water puddles on his stamped concrete patio in Phoenix, AZ. He thought of an idea on how to solve it, but I believe I have a much better solution. Here's what he sent to me: "My patio was poorly designed.  You can see from the picture I get standing water and […]

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Kevin Garretty emailed me about a vexing problem at his Beaufort, SC home. He's scratching his head about the correct way to vent a washing machine and needs a venting diagram. I asked him to send me what he was talking about and you'll see his diagram below. For the record, I'm a master plumber among […]

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In April of 2015, I decided to move from my larger basement office up to my cozy man cave ham radio shack. I had been putting it off for years, but many many possessions were just gathering dust.   Here's the reality. Why hold onto something you don't use anymore if you can SELL it […]

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Kelsey Rogers has a musty smell when anyone takes a shower in her Chattanooga, Tennessee house. Here's the situation: "For about the last two weeks in our home we have had a mysterious mildew/musty smell. Usually the time we smell it is during or right after someone has taken a shower or bath. We can smell […]

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Faith James has a nice home in Dallas, Texas. But now there are some ugly dark stains coming down from the roof onto her stucco. Here's what she sent me: "Hi, Tim, After snow and rain I noticed black streaks down the front of my stucco home, coming from either the roof or the gutters. Please […]

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DEAR TIM: I purchased a piece of property that has a 150-year-old garage in bad shape. It's got a dirt floor. The roof is shot. It leaked so badly that in some places the wood roof sheathing is completely missing. The rafters that support the sheathing seem undersized and are not rotted for some reason. […]

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