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Tom P. who lives down south, who has the patience of Job, emailed me just before Christmas, 2013: "I have something I need to fix.  We bought our house 2 1/2 yrs ago and it was built in 2005.  Our entry way and dining area have hardwood floors, suspended of course because we live in North Mississippi and the houses […]

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DEAR TIM: Last week you helped Sally use a circular saw. I’ve watched people use a simple electric drill for years but never held one in my hand. Can you teach me how to use a drill, how to drill different sized holes and share any tips about what you’ve discovered over the years about […]

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DEAR TIM: I'm brand new to the world of DIY. My husband and I just bought our first old home and have lots of projects to do. Believe it or not, I've never used any power tools, but now I want to. It seems the best tools to buy at first that have the most […]

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Normally my columns are generated using questions from people I've never met, but the inspiration for this column came at the dinner table last night. My oldest daughter and her husband are moving to California in less than a week. We had a belated birthday celebration for both of them and the gifts they requested […]

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An anonymous person named Free who lives in Lancaster, CA moved into a new mobile home park. He or she's got a problem with water odor: "My toilet smells like rotten eggs. The shower water also. I live in a brand new mobile home, in a park that uses well and city water. We've been […]

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Barbara Mandese, who lives not to awful far from the San Andreas fault in Monterey, CA, reached out for a life preserver after throwing out her back mixing concrete. Read what her dilemma is: "Hi there!!! So glad I found this site. Here's my question. I made this "Hypertufa" planter (in case you don't know […]

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DEAR TIM: I've tried and tried to get traditional wood-fiber pegboard to work. No matter what I do, over time the holes in the pegboard enlarge, the hooks and hangers get loose and everything is a mess. What's more, I'd like a little color in my workshop other than brown. I've seen metal pegboard and […]

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