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If you could look over my shoulder as I read my incoming email from homeowners, you’d probably shake your head as I do sometimes. Not a week goes by that I don’t have to offer up a grim autopsy report to a hurting homeowner. All too often the problem can be traced to poor planning […]

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Mother Nature and her friend El Nino treated you to a warm November and December in 2015. But welcome to January 2016 and the Polar Express! This recent blast of Arctic air is enough to bring you back to reality with what winter can be all about. You need to protect your home and your […]

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My guess is it's in your home. Not one place, but several. The first place I'd look if I was a guest is behind your shower curtain. Then maybe I'd look over your shoulder as you open your refrigerator. If I was an appliance repairman, I'll bet you've got it in your washing machine too. […]

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Each year, it's my guess you have a major or minor crisis at your home because you failed to take the time before it got really cold to prepare for Old Man Winter. Technology in the form of your smart phone, tablet or laptop computer seems to amplify the stress of everyday living sucking away […]

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I'm willing to bet at one point in your life you've cursed like a sailor when trying to start your gasoline-powered lawn mower, weed trimmer, snow blower or any other machine that's powered by a small engine. Not only have I said nasty things, but I've also nearly worn out my shoulder rotator cuff pulling […]

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My friend Jim, who lives in Cleveland, OH, contacted me six months ago. He and his wife were about to sign a contract with a remodeler to do a major kitchen remodel job. He signed the contract within 36 hours of emailing me and the contractor started the job two weeks later. Jim and his […]

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You've probably needed to glue two pieces of wood together or repair a stripped screw hole in a door jamb using glue and wood match sticks. If you reached for a bottle of yellow glue, you did the right thing. Carpenter's glue is far more robust than the white glue you see small children use […]

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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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Interior hardwood floors can get damaged by sand and grit from shoes, animal claws, boxes that got slid across a floor instead of being carried, etc. You can sometimes get professional repair results with minimal effort. If a scratch is not deep and you have decent hand-eye coordination, you can use small, fine artist brushes […]

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Concrete is simply artificial rock. If it's mixed, placed, finished and cured correctly it can last 100 or more years. If your concrete steps, walkways, patios, etc. are crumbling, you may be able to repair them with traditional products and methods or you can choose from some modern materials. Often concrete deterioration is just a […]

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