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DEAR TIM: When it rains or snow melts, I have large water puddles on the concrete sidewalk in front of my house. The puddles have at least 2 inches of water at the deepest point. This sidewalk in parallel with the city street that has a modern rounded curb. It's dangerous in the winter as […]

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DEAR TIM: I have a 1938 Cape Cod stone house with a behemoth laundry sink in the basement. It appears to be made of concrete, soap stone or something similar and has two giant tubs. It's supported by a steel stand that's in pretty good shape with some minor rust. Can you identify it? How […]

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DEAR TIM: I own a diner where decorative concrete block forms the lower part of the exterior walls. At the front of my building, a wing wall extends away from the building. Some of the solid concrete block are crumbling away to nothing while others adjacent to them appear to be in perfect condition. The […]

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This video is several years old and is part of a series that shows you, in a soap opera format, the power of Photoshop software. The main character, Donnie Hoyle, is hilarious. This is video #5 and it only makes real sense if you watch the series in order. Your takeaway from this video is […]

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You've heard that old saying before, right? A chain is only as strong as it's weakest link. When you hear the words adhesive chain, that truism should pop into your mind. Layers and Layers What does this have to do with things around your home? When you start to glue things to one another and […]

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DEAR TIM: I've been a subscriber of your free newsletter for years and am finally building a new home. I decided to follow your advice and stop by the job site as often as possible and take photos. The contractor just installed my windows and has started to install the vinyl siding. It appears to […]

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Kathy Burke now lives in a noisy house in┬áChatham, Ontario, Canada. She caused the problem, but didn't mean to. A cold-air return vent makes noise. Here's her full report: "We have a small 950 sq. ft home with two return vents. We have never covered this one vent since living here as it was behind […]

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Dion Kennard lives in┬áthe Bahamas. The land of milk and honey sea and surf and humidity. Here's his story: "When we built our house we had a local contractor build our kitchen cabinets and prepare and install our counter tops. They are 1/2" thick Formica sheets in a dark stone color. Unfortunately he polished them […]

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Mario Gonzalez is suffering from a hot mobile home in San Diego, CA. He's probably so hot he can't make the connection between his hot home and his car. Here's what he sent: "I've noticed that my mobile home gets hotter during summer than the outside temperature. I feel the hot air that builds up […]

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Gordon Doughman is a subscriber to my FREE newsletter. He was kind enough to share a fascinating discovery he made. Allow him to share the story: "Tim, I know in several of your recent newsletters you discussed galvanized nails and the performance difference between hot dipped versus electroplated nails. I recently rebuilt my deck (capped […]

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