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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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Stan Pierce, who lives in Palm Coast, FL, emailed me on May 24, 2014, asking: "Tim,  I have a faux wooden beam running the length of my great room.  It's about 12' off the floor.  It was nailed to sheet rock (?) above the ceiling and is now creeping down.   I have to prop […]

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DEAR TIM: I’ve never had great success filling cracks in stained wood surfaces. I’ve tried different wood fillers and the crack looks the same or worse after the repair. When I use some fillers before I stain the wood, the stain is blotchy around the repair. I’ve just about given up. Is there a magic […]

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DEAR TIM: I think my house might be falling down. In the past few weeks, a large crack has formed where the ceiling meets the walls in my home. We’ve had cold weather set in and I seem to recall this happening last year, but can’t remember. The cracks are worse in the center of […]

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Tim Carter demonstrates in a six-part video series how to rebuild a defective front porch and permanently stop water leaks into the home. This second video shows the hidden problem once the decking has been removed.

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What is the biggest danger to a house? Wind, poor soil, bad foundation? No, it's water. Water damage can weaken a house structure to the point of collapse.

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Plumbing home repairs are some of the most frustrating for a homeowner. Plumbing leaks can cause damage behind walls and on ceilings. For older plumbing fixtures, a visit to a specialty store for home plumbing repairs parts might be needed. A problem with the plumbing and home repairs could be following.

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