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"Oh, I see you've got some fresh ink," uttered my youngest daughter's very good friend Andrea as she admired, I think, my tattoo. Her outburst of scoffing laughter telegraphed immediately that she was mocking my gorgeous temporary red dragon tattoo. My sarcasm meter obviously was on the fritz. But it was all in good fun. She wasn't […]

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DEAR TIM: My new house is full of defects. The builder will not fix them. Fortunately, I was able to hold back lots of money and now he's suing me. I've never had to hire an attorney nor have I ever been involved in any litigation, much less one about construction defects. The defects are […]

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Lorraine Innes has a big problem with trash chute noise in Marco Island, FL.  Allow her to describe the dreadful situation. "Our condo is next to the trash chute. We are on a lower floor and not only hear the trash coming down the chute (19 floors), but hear it crash into the dumpster. It wakes […]

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I was in Antigua in May of 2015 doing work as an expert witness on a civil construction case. The photos below show what I've come to realize are somewhat standard Antigua construction. From what I've seen driving around, there's a significant lower quality standard than what you'd see in certain parts of the USA. […]

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The two photos below were taken from the property where I'm staying at Hodges Bay, Antigua. Hodges Bay is at the northern tip of the island of Antigua. Antigua is is the Lesser Antilles and Antigua is one of the eastern most islands of all Caribbean islands. It's just a few hundred miles north of […]

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Donna Hirsch is about to build a fairy garden at her home in Worth, IL. She needs some creative ideas about how to make a patio. Let her tell you: Hi Tim, This is a much smaller scale than you're used to, but I know you'll know the answer. I want to make a fairy […]

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DEAR TIM: I've got a lawn mower, a snowblower and a garden tiller with small gasoline engines. I'm about to purchase a log splitter with one. I don't want any issues and want to avoid any damage to the new engine and the existing ones. I've heard that the current gasoline with ethanol in it […]

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In April of 2015, I decided to move from my larger basement office up to my cozy man cave ham radio shack. I had been putting it off for years, but many many possessions were just gathering dust.   Here's the reality. Why hold onto something you don't use anymore if you can SELL it […]

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Three weeks ago I applied for and received a license to operate amateur radio equipment in Antigua. I'm going to be there for a week on business and have several days of free time. It's going to be a great chance to operate next to the sea where the salt water will enhance the radio […]

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DEAR TIM: I need to build two cheap desktops. I'm lucky in that I have small cabinets that the top can rest on. One top is for my man cave and the other one is for a hobby and craft center for my wife and young kids. I'm looking for durability, afford-ability, ease of construction […]

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