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Denis has a dusty house in California's Central Valley. He lives in Merced, CA. That's a clue by the way. Here's what Denis sent me: "Hey Tim, I have the dustiest house on earth and I mean dust. We dust every week and the dust is so fine that it even gets into the cupboards, […]

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One of my ham radio friends almost burned his house down in the past two weeks. He had to switch out the four-gallon propane tank under his grill and somehow cross-threaded the hose connector. The leaking gas caught on fire and even though he had a fire extinguisher nearby, he failed to put out the […]

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I'm pretty much just like you. I'm not immune from receiving advertisements in the mail. Earlier this week I received a postcard from GutterBrush that was promoting a 20-percent-off offer. Here it is: On the back of the card there was more information, including logos from six different home improvement publications, television shows or radio […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got quite a bit of painting to do both inside and outside my home. I watched a neighbor use an airless paint sprayer and he made a mess of things. It seemed to spit the paint out. Professionals use real paint sprayers with compressed air that produce excellent results. I can't afford […]

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Tracy, who eats lots of cajun food in Plaquemine, LA, asked me about a poor-quality gutter guard I reviewed in a past video of mine. Here's what she said: "In your video about gutter guards, the last item you mentioned as the newest thing in gutter guards was plastic fiber.  I'm trying to find the name […]

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DEAR TIM: I've decided to install some wallpaper. It's a small room, so it shouldn't be too hard. Since I've never installed wallpaper, I'm filled with anxiety about how to cut and trim the wallpaper where the paper stops at the ceiling. Can you de-mystify the process? What other tips can you share with the […]

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Last week I was having a rare phone conversation with my editor at the syndicate that distributes my Ask the Builder column. Dave's a great editor and a DIY enthusiast. Somehow the conversation drifted to how he looks for help online to do projects and to help guide him when he decides he needs to […]

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I don't have a record of when the meeting happened, but my guess is it was 2004. I was in the offices of Miller Brothers Paint in Norwood, Ohio meeting with the owner of the company and his Information Technology officer. "Tim, I've been selling paint for 30-plus years. You may know construction and a […]

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Ms. Lisa Reynolds, who works for the Federal Department of the Interior in Colorado, had her offices flood with water.  Heck, I'll let her tell you the rest: "Our office suffered a burst pipe and about 2" of water flooded our basement. The basement contains offices and our lunch room with wallboard lined with base […]

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Sean Kelliher, who lives in Readington, NJ, reached out with a compliment and a question. "I'm an avid reader of all your tips and you've been a great help to some of my projects.I'd like to add a porch swing to our existing porch and have a question.  I searched your website and found an […]

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