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DEAR TIM: Last week you helped Sally use a circular saw. I’ve watched people use a simple electric drill for years but never held one in my hand. Can you teach me how to use a drill, how to drill different sized holes and share any tips about what you’ve discovered over the years about […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm brand new to the world of DIY. My husband and I just bought our first old home and have lots of projects to do. Believe it or not, I've never used any power tools, but now I want to. It seems the best tools to buy at first that have the most […]

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I know, I'm the AsktheBuilder guy. But guess what? I've always loved trains and had a rare opportunity to become a real conductor on the Hobo Railroad the spring and summer of 2014.  This train operates out of Meredith, NH during the spring, summer and fall. There are daily one and two-hour train rides in the summer […]

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Tom Donohue, who lives up in Ontario, Canada, has a humid basement. He's not alone. Millions have this issue. "How can I reduce humidity in my basement in the summer. I do not have cracks in my foundation or sitting water. The humidity level today is handled with a de-humidifier. Is there a better long […]

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Tom Chan wants to install a new pot filler faucet in an outside wall. But he's got a problem. "I want to install a pot filler faucet.  How do I prevent the water pipe from freezing on an exterior wall for this pot filler?  We live in a region that has long a cold winters." Here's my […]

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Barb Koehler, who lives in Moultonborough, NH, is facing an expensive re-roofing project. I have a feeling she has the same decroted pieces-of-crap shingles on her house that I have. Read this: "Tim, We have a failed twelve-year-old asphalt roof.  We're currently looking at an expensive removal/re-roof job.  The shingles were changed to less oil […]

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WASHINGTON, D.C. - Consumers should stop using this product unless otherwise instructed. It is illegal to resell or attempt to resell a recalled consumer product.   Recall Summary   Name of Product: ProLED bulbs   Hazard: The LED bulbs can overheat and fall onto consumers below, posing impact and burn hazards.   Remedy: Replace   […]

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J. A. Coffey, Jr. has a stinky problem when he runs water in his master bath sinks. Heck, let him tell you: "Sewer gas smell when master bath sinks used.  Smell comes through air vents.  Had plumber in and he did smoke test.  Could not find leak.  What's next?  Another plumber or demolition??" Here's my […]

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David Fern has lots of water and mold in his basement. He's one unhappy customer and wants to know who should have paid to make sure this didn't happen. I don't think he's going to like my answer. "Our basement has water issues. The sump pump runs a great deal, especially after it rains, and […]

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Lori Ohaco, who lives in stormy Lincoln, Nebraska, has a challenge. A light bulb broke in a fixture and she needs to, well how about she tell you: " I have an outdoor yard light with 40-watt bulb in it. It has started blowing bulbs every two days. Some of the glass got broken in a storm. […]

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