Q&A / 

Vicki Mead, who resides in Jonesboro, Arkansas, asked me with a tinge of smoker's guilt this question: "First of all:  I don't smoke, so that is not an issue.  But there is a film that develops on the INSIDE of the car window.I live in the sunny south and when the sun strikes that film, […]

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Teresa, from Dove Creek, CO, asked a pithy question about recycling cedar siding. "Does reclaimed cedar siding make a good floor?" Here's my answer: Teresa, cedar is a very soft wood. I'd never use it as a flooring material. Oak is a handsome wood as is maple. Both work well for flooring.

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Dawn Coleman, from Munford, TN, is about to install a new blacktop asphalt hot top driveway. But she doesn't feel good about the estimate she received. Let her tell the story. "I currently have a gravel driveway and want an asphalt driveway installed.  The contractor quoted me a price for $2980.00 but is NOT going […]

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DEAR TIM: I've had it with power outages here at my home and I've decided to get an electric generator. I've got several complicating issues. For starters, my budget is tight. Second, I want this generator to be multi-purpose and take it on family picnics and camping trips. The generator needs to be quiet. What […]

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Gordon Polson, from Mercer Island, Washington, is remodeling his basement. His wife wants a wood floor, but... There's always a but: "We're finishing our basement floors. My wife favors a wood floor. The floor never floods (we are on a hill), but in the winter the concrete floor is colder than the basement air and […]

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John Ryland, from Maumee, Ohio, has a tough a problem as any tailor trying to patch clothes. "I took down a small wall in our kitchen and either side of where the wall was the ceiling has what's known as a crow's foot pattern in the drywall and of course where the wall was the […]

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Sara, who lives in Elgin, IL, has an issue that plagues hundreds of thousands of homeowners. Let her tell you all about the water that runs down her basement walls in a heavy rainstorm. "Hi Tim, I have viewed through your Q&A and videos. I have brick veneer in front of my house and only […]

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Tom P. who lives down south, who has the patience of Job, emailed me just before Christmas, 2013: "I have something I need to fix.  We bought our house 2 1/2 yrs ago and it was built in 2005.  Our entry way and dining area have hardwood floors, suspended of course because we live in North Mississippi and the houses […]

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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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