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Joe Rossetti, from Columbus, OH, emailed me with a a dreadful water issue at his home. "We recently moved into a home that has a stucco shed in back built on a concrete slab. It was built at the lowest point in the yard and all the rain run off collects at that corner of the […]

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In May of 2012, I started an extensive outdoor test in real conditions of quite a few name brand deck sealers.  The test was conducted here in central New Hampshire. The sealers were tested on treated lumber and cedar decking. Both are very popular wood species used for outdoor wood decks and structures. Here's the […]

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Janice Rozier, who lives in Folkston, GA, sent me a fascinating email: "I'm having an addition built onto my existing brick home. The question I have is about the house wrap vs vapor barrier. The addition is framed wood structure with cement siding, (already installed), cathedral ceiling, and concrete floor. Do I need the vapor […]

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DEAR TIM: My family is growing and I need to move my home office. I looked up into the attic over my garage that’s built with standard roof trusses. There’s plenty of room to create a room. How do I cut and modify the trusses to create an open space like the attic in the […]

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Mike, from Cleveland, Ohio, wrote to me: Tim, great reading your tips. I've got a question, I would like to convert the attic above my garage into a living space. Access is not an issue as it's also in front of another room upstairs that I can put a door in the wall. There's plenty […]

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Roof rafters, unless the roof is flat, by their very nature are vaulted. Vaulted means installed at a slope. If your house is built with standard trusses, you can't modify the trusses easily and make a vaulted ceiling. If your house is common framed with traditional rafters and you have a flat ceiling, you can […]

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Solid stain, for the most part, is just paint. The paint manufacturers won't tell you this on the label, but they're just a coating like paint. Most people consider stains to be a thin product that penetrates into wood, NOT stays on top of wood.   The answer is: Yes, you can thin solid stain! […]

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DEAR TIM: A powerful rain and wind storm damaged the asphalt shingles on my home. My neighbors are telling me I need a new roof. I think it can be repaired. The wind blew off a few shingles here and there. The roof is only three years old, so I don’t feel it’s an age […]

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