Q&A / 

Tom Grote, who lives in Ivoryton, CT, has an unpleasant experience when he starts a fire in his fireplace. It's not a smoking issue, it's a sewer smell. Read what he sent me: "I live in a two-story colonial with a bathroom and fireplace on the first floor. Every time I have a fire in the […]

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Basil Pallone lives just south of me in Sudbury, MA. But he's got a problem with his older home he's trying to improve. Here's what he wrote to me: "I recently installed spray foam insulation in the attic of my two story colonial home, built in 1968.   Since I installed the spray foam insulation, the windows […]

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My ham radio buddy, John Haven - KC1AAG, emailed me a fascinating photo of a massive boulder while he was on vacation in southern California. It's a photo of the Giant Rock in Landers, CA.   I decided to share this photo with John's permission with my newsletter subscribers and have a fun game. One […]

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DEAR TIM: Well, now I've done it. My newlywed wife has lost all confidence in my home improvement skills. She wanted me to install a dimmer switch in our dining room and now the chandelier only works half the time. There are two switches in the room that control the light. They worked fined before […]

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A woman who wishes to remain anonymous for some reason who's name begins with D and ends in an a, lives in a house in Chicago, IL, where someone let a door fly into a wall. Let her tell you the rest: "Hi.  We had a door handle type hole in our wall and we have […]

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DEAR TIM: My head is spinning from all of the conflicting information I'm seeing online about crawl space encapsulation. Should it be done or should I just rely on the traditional vents I have in my foundation? I have a 1,100 square-foot crawl space and the slate floor above is ice cold because there's no […]

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Joe Dworak, who's doing some work, I assume, on his house in Rosemont, CA, has an interesting question about 3/8-inch drywall: "Can 3/8 drywall be used on a ceiling mounted to furring strips 24 inches on center?" Here's my answer - note it's two parts: Joe, yes you can use 3/8-inch drywall on ceilings like […]

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Margaret Hilpert, who's got the pithy writing style down pat, lives in North Carolina and wrote to me:  "Vapor barrier over studs and insulation. Is that all we need before installing a shower kit and tongue and groove paneling?" Margaret, yes, that's all you need! But be SURE to do it right! CLICK HERE to […]

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David Roll lives in a very new home inBattle Ground, WA that had a water line MELT and caused a flood. You'll not believe Dave's story. Here it is unedited: "Hi Tim.  I am in a brand new home for 1.25 yrs.  House flooded this past weekend, significant damage. Plumber cut open wall to find issue.  […]

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