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Jolynn, who lives in paradise - Waianae, Hawaii - wants to clean a commercial building with a pressure washer. Here's what she wants to know: "When pressure washing  a single-story commercial building what should I do to prep? Will I need to cover the bottom of the doorways so that water do not wet interior? Do […]

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Jane, who lives with an old octopus gravity-feed (probably) furnace in Roseville, MI, has an odor issue. Let her describe it: "We moved into a home that has an old octopus furnace - it is labeled Sunbeam No. D - 522. There is a horrible smell when we turn it on. We don't think it's […]

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Leslie Ann, who lives in the land of the Buckeyes in Columbus, OH, needs to clean a teak table that's had lots of stuff on it.  She wants the BEST product, but doesn't want to shop online. Hmmmmmmm "What is the best way to clean a large teak table (used in the kitchen) that has […]

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Arlene Vargus, who lives on a race track street in Lynn, MA has a problem. "I live on  a noisy street and want to soundproof my three double-hung windows. Would adding regular store-bought storm windows installed outside existing windows work to cancel most of the car and motorcycle noise?" Arlene, the storm windows might work […]

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Paul Loudenslager, who needs to read up on Job and lives in Tifton, Georgia wrote to me. "I don't know how far your house is from your mailbox, but my mailbox is approximately 350 feet from the house. It's tiring at my age to travel back and forth several times a day to see if […]

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Denis has a dusty house in California's Central Valley. He lives in Merced, CA. That's a clue by the way. Here's what Denis sent me: "Hey Tim, I have the dustiest house on earth and I mean dust. We dust every week and the dust is so fine that it even gets into the cupboards, […]

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One of my ham radio friends almost burned his house down in the past two weeks. He had to switch out the four-gallon propane tank under his grill and somehow cross-threaded the hose connector. The leaking gas caught on fire and even though he had a fire extinguisher nearby, he failed to put out the […]

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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 the back of the card there was more information, including logos from six different home improvement publications, television shows or radio […]

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Last week I was having a rare phone conversation with my editor at the syndicate that distributes my Ask the Builder column. Dave's a great editor and a DIY enthusiast. Somehow the conversation drifted to how he looks for help online to do projects and to help guide him when he decides he needs to […]

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