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On Friday, September 30, 2016, I had the honor to address about twenty-five or thirty people in room 201 of Braunstein Hall on the University of Cincinnati (UC) campus. There was a mix of UC faculty, graduate students, undergrad students and subscribers to my newsletter. Two of the professors who were at UC when I […]

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This is a video every man should watch - three times. I can tell you I made this mistake the second Christmas I was married to Kathy. I saw she didn't have a clothes hamper and I grew up with one. How could anyone survive without a clothes hamper I thought. What an IDIOT! This […]

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Do you want to avoid getting SCREWED when hiring a contractor? Use the following SECRET tips below. Hack #1 Write out exactly what you want done and what you expect to be done on a piece of paper. Give this to each of the contractors who comes to give you a bid. Don't assume the […]

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On Saturday morning November 12, 2016, I was getting ready to pack up my car to leave Cincinnati, OH. I was at the Embassy Suites hotel in Blue Ash, OH, a northern suburb of Cincinnati. When I walked to the car in the parking lot, I immediately saw it leaning and knew the right rear […]

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  You may not have seen this romantic movie, but the beginning part of this scene didn't make the final cut. Pay attention to what Rose says starting at 2:31. If you grasp what she says and begin practicing it as she did by looking at the photos on her nightstand, you'll discover the true path to […]

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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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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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This AsktheBuilder Hall of Shame page was created on April 3, 2016, by a blistering email I received from (name removed) who lives in Evergreen, Colorado. It was presented to my newsletter list on April 5, 2016. Based on the wise and respectful comments below, I've decided to delete the blistering email but leave up the comments you may have […]

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The above is a classic test to see if Morse code operators can beat young kids texting. Here's what you don't realize unless you're a Morse operator. The guys sending Morse on Jay Leno's show were doing it probably at only 20 words per minute (WPM). It's not unusual for good operators to be up […]

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