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Matching Wood Stain - Add Pigment to the Urethane This past week I helped two 70-year-old newlyweds solve a vexing problem in a home they purchased. In just fifteen minutes using my transcribed phone call service, I saved them perhaps $5,000.00. I shared a time-tested way they could match the stain on a wood-paneled room. Read More »

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Color Slide and Color and B&W Negative Scanners In August of 2022, I started a massive project of scanning at least 2,000 color slides and well over 10,000 color and black and white 35mm negatives. Years before I had purchased an affordable miniature scanner, but I had let it languish. It was a Wolverine F2D Read More »

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Haughty Professor Bill Plays Checkers Instead of Chess As you might suspect, I get lots of email from all sorts of people. It's a kaleidoscope of humanity and I find it fascinating. On Monday, August 22, 2022 I received the following email from Professor Bill who lives in Tulsa, OK: Thank you, Tim Carter, for Read More »

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F5 Cincinnati April 3, 1974 Tornado - Stunning to Behold On April 3, 1974 I witnessed the F5 tornado start to break up and go back up into the sky. I was standing in the middle of Riddle View Lane in Clifton Heights. This tornado had touched ground about 5:30 PM just north of Rising Read More »

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Why Exterior Paint Peels Two weeks ago in this column I shared why it’s so hard to preserve exterior wood using any number of products. One of them was paint. You may have been one of the many readers that reached out to me. If I had to boil down all the emails I received Read More »

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Earthquake Beds - Claustrophobic? Not for You!! Watch this video and tell me if you'd get one of these. Think about this: How LONG will it take rescuers to get to you? Don't be naive' for goodness sake. And then, what about fire? What happens if a fire rages out of control in your damaged Read More »

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Corner Bookshelves Can be Cool I’ve had enough trips around the sun such that I often find myself thinking of what might be inside future homes. For example, do you think that architects and builders from 100 years ago would have thought laundry chutes would go out of style? They might have thought placing washing Read More »

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Inflation and Home Improvement 2022 - STOP Printing Money! I can call you on the phone and coach you through a DIY project. It’s my intention for this column to inspire you as dark financial storm clouds form on the horizon. I feel you’ll enjoy the stories I’m about to share where readers like you Read More »

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Inflation in New Hampshire Summer of 2022 Tim Carter lives on the west shore of Lake Winnisquam in central New Hampshire. A typical Saturday in the summer would have many many boats skittering about after lunch on a warm sunny day. Look at how many you see.

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