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DEAR TIM: I own a summer cabin that’s been in my family for generations. My wife and I decided to make it our full-time home. It needs lots of work that I intend to do myself. One of the projects is relocating the front door. Is there any magic with respect to framing a door […]

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DEAR TIM: While on vacation I plan to install a few new interior doors around my house. I’m using pre-hung doors. I’ve never hung a door before and could use some of your secret tips. Please share how to avoid common rookie mistakes. I’m lost on what to do when shimming a door. My wife […]

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This is a special column about trust. It was inspired by no less than three emails and one phone call I had with visitors to my AsktheBuilder.com website and this column that appears in your paper. Lynn, who is building a new home in Santa Fe, New Mexico, is now wringing her hands each day […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve got a walkout basement garage door I want to convert to a gorgeous french door. I realize I need to shrink the size of the opening to create the correct rough opening for the new door. But that’s the extent of what I know. What other installation instructions can you give me […]

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DEAR TIM: I live in a very common home here in Florida. Most are built from concrete block. Twenty years ago, a room addition was added to the home and the rear exterior concrete block wall became an interior wall. A window was removed to create a pass through to the room addition. Now we […]

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DEAR TIM: Last week you talked about a removing a shower floor in a project you’re doing. I have a big bathroom remodel project I’m about to start but I’ve never done one before. I don’t know when to do what and am worried about wasting time, materials and causing damage to finished surfaces. Is […]

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This AsktheBuilder Hall of Shame page was created on April 3, 2016, by a blistering email I received from (name removed) who lives in Evergreen, Colorado. It was presented to my newsletter list on April 5, 2016. Based on the wise and respectful comments below, I've decided to delete the blistering email but leave up the comments you may have […]

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Tim Carter demonstrates the entire process of installing LE Johnson Wall Mount door hardware. You only need a few tools and the average homeowner can do the job. It helps if you can read the simple plans provided by the clever LE Johnson engineers who designed the wall mount hardware. It's key to make sure […]

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