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Quick Column Summary: Home improvement endorsements Are they credible Did the endorsers test the product Did endorser get paid for this I'm pretty much just like you. I'm not immune from receiving advertisements in the mail. Earlier this week I received a postcard from GutterBrush that was promoting a 20-percent-off offer. Here it is: On […]

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Quick Column Summary: Hardwood floor with warped board in the middle Can be replaced but with difficulty Needs professional repair Might be best to leave it alone 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Faux beam coming off ceiling How to push it back in order to secure it Place scrap piece on underside of beam Place temporary 2x4 under it to push it up Stan Pierce, who lives in Palm Coast, FL, emailed me on May 24, 2014, asking: "Tim,  I have a faux wooden […]

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Quick Column Summary: How to use wood filler Hard to match the look of wood Filler keeps stain uneven Wood conditioners can help 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 […]

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Quick Column Summary: Large crack where ceiling meets wall Cracks develop when attic trusses lose moisture and bow Fix with inexpensive L-brackets Caulk to complete 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 […]

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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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