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This is an experiment. I want to see if you're interested in discovering how and why things work around your home in a fun and clever way. Please take the quiz below. It's only five questions. All of the questions are REQUIRED. I'll be publishing graphic results of how you and others did on each question. The […]

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Tim Carter shares news about a new easy-to-use glue he tried out. PC Universal Glue. It's strong like epoxy, but no messy mixing two parts together. It's as easy to use as the simple white glue you used in grade school. I LOVE the products made by the company that makes this glue. CLICK HERE […]

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This column is a departure from my normal question and answer format. You can thank the editor of a large East Coast newspaper for the inspiration. She asked me to write a special column about preparing for storms, but she resisted doing a survey of her readers to see what information would best help them. […]

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I was a Boy Scout fifty years ago, and the motto hammered into my head still rings true: Be Prepared. Lessons I discovered in Boy Scouts stuck with me all these years and they’re relevant to you on Long Island as the storm season approaches. September 21, 2016 marks the grim 77th anniversary of the […]

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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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