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This is video number one of a four-part series. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com and national award-winning builder, discusses how easy it is to locate the true professionals in your town. This video was shot before the advent of the online contractor-homeowner matching services, but it's relevant because you'll use this system to DOUBLE CHECK to […]

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Modifying a load bearing wall with the addition of archways or openings is usually possible. Creating the proper support in the weight bearing wall for the shifted load is a task best left to the professional structural engineer. Follow these tips and tricks to craft your desired opening with the proper supports and beams.

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Remove a Broken Light Bulb TIPS Turn off power to the light Be SURE power is off - Afraid? GET FREE BIDS BELOW Use a needle nose pliers to remove bulb base from socket Forget about potato trick CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter Lori Ohaco, who lives in stormy Lincoln, Nebraska, […]

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Portable Electric Generator TIPS Small generators can do many things but not all at once Weight similar to 5-gallon bucket of drywall mud Produces clean AC power Smaller generators need more refueling CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I've had it with power outages here at my home and I've […]

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Backup Battery For Home TIPS Standby generators create power for days if you keep them fueled Massive amounts of batteries required to deliver tens of thousands of kilowatts per hour Battery production is messy and causes pollution Batteries can be enormously expensive CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Malcom's Assault Malcom O'Dell, […]

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  Tim Carter demonstrates how to connect wires to a simple light fixture. Screws For Wires Simple light fixtures that you find in basements and garages usually have different colored screws where you attach the wires. You want to put the HOT black wire on the brass screw and the neutral white wire on the […]

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How To Install Porch Light TIPS Type of wall construction determines difficulty - brick is hardest to do Location of porch light makes a difference - wall location easier Watch Light Switch Video below! Get FREE & FAST BIDS using links below CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Robert and Sharon need […]

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Digital Multimeter Usage TIPS Many different multimeters simple to professional Brand counts - get one that has a pedigree Tools that can troubleshoot many common problems Read instructions and work safely CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! DEAR TIM: I’m about to buy a digital multimeter to troubleshoot all sorts of electrical […]

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Wiring Recessed Lights TIPS National Electric Code changes every three years What is code compliant now may become a violation in the future Secure romex wiring to wood framing Get FREE Bids below from local electricians about code questions CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Bob lives in Saint Peters Missouri and […]

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Safe Light Bulb Wattage TIPS Traditional incandescent bulbs create heat when on More wattage means more heat Recessed lights trap heat Regular ceiling and wall-sconce fixtures can overheat too CLICK HERE to Get Tim's FREE & FUNNY Newsletter! Gabriele, who lives in Crofton, Maryland, was worried about putting in the wrong bulb in a recessed […]

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