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Drilling steel or metal is a quick way to dull your drill bits if you do it the wrong way. This AsktheBuilder.com video shows you how to drill holes using the correct drill bits and oil to drill through steel and sheet metal. A variable speed drill is the best drill to use.

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Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, shares tips about change orders in this last video of a four-part series. Change orders are Death on a Stick. Change orders delay jobs. Change orders mean your plans were HORRIBLE. Change orders lead to big arguments. Tim shares how to AVOID change orders in this video. Free & Fast […]

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Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com, discusses MONEY in video number three of a four-part series about finding the best contractor. Money is the only leverage you have in a job. You only want to pay for completed work that's done right. If you pay too much money up front, you can get RIPPED OFF. A […]

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This is video number two of a four-part series. In this video Tim discusses the importance of the contract. In a perfect world, and it happened only once during Tim's building career, you should be able to hand a contractor a set of plans, specifications and a CONTRACT and not have to talk to him […]

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This is video number oneĀ of a four-part series. Tim Carter, founder of AsktheBuilder.com and national award-winning builder, discusses how easy it is to locate the true professionals in your town. This video was shot before the advent of the online contractor-homeowner matching services, but it's relevant because you'll use this system to DOUBLE CHECK to […]

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  Tim Carter demonstrates how to connect wires to a simple light fixture. Screws For Wires Simple light fixtures that you find in basements and garages usually have different colored screws where you attach the wires. You want to put the HOT black wire on the brass screw and the neutral white wire on the […]

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I had the distinct pleasure to test this Troy-Bilt 3-stage snowblower yesterday, February 10, 2017. The day before central New Hampshire, Boston, and Maine got hammered by a Nor'easter that dumped about 9 or 10 inches of snow at my house. The snow slides off my DaVinci Roofscapes synthetic slate roof like an athlete zooming […]

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If you've read comic books in the past, watched the Heroes TV series or have seen any of the newer Marvel movies about superheroes, then you're undoubtedly aware of magical super powers. One that I wish I had over the years was X-ray vision that would allow me to see through plaster, concrete, tile, wood […]

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