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Why Tiny Houses are Big Bad Ideas By: Tim Carter I live in central New Hampshire (NH) on the west shore of Lake Winnisquam. This is the third-largest lake in NH. I kayak on the crystal-clear blue water as often as possible. The state of NH owns the 7.2 square miles of water but citizens […]

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Your Chimney Might Be Your Roof Leak Location Roof leaks plague countless homeowners each year. Talk to experienced roofers and they’ll be the first to tell you the vast majority of leaks happen at flashings. A roof flashing is a transitional material. It connects your roof to something that’s not your roof. Plumbing vent pipes, […]

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How Much Electricity Does an EV Consume When Charging? The following was published in the January 21, 2024 issue of the AsktheBuilder.com newsletter. You can get your free subscription by clicking here. Future Electric Brown & Blackouts at Your Home or Business I'll bet you think of electricity like you do oxygen. It's just there. […]

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Avoid Geologic Hazards When Building or Buying Land You probably don’t give much thought to the ground under or around your home. What follows are a few true stories that may change your perspective. If you’re in the market to purchase land to build your dream home or are looking to move to purchase an […]

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How to Stay Warm in Bitter Cold Weather - It's So Easy You may be one of the tens of millions of folks like me that live where it gets cold in the winter. If you’re blessed to live in the south or southwest, I do know there can be some cold waves that force […]

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Cork Flooring Should Be on Your Radar - It's Magical What I’m about to share with you might amaze you. I’ve heard it said before that one doesn’t know what they don’t know. To me, that infers you may be unaware of something that previously had been hidden from you. It’s happened to me numerous […]

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Storage Boxes for Hardware and Parts - Innovative & Useful Author's Note: This column appeared in over 60 USA newspapers. If you read it there and are looking for all the photos of the many boxes, CLICK HERE. This opens to a new page. I need you to be honest with me. In the past […]

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Opening a Remodeling Can of Worms - Start with Great Plans My start in the construction business happened in Cincinnati, Ohio in the early 1970s. The knowledge I obtained in those first few formative years doing remodeling work made me, in my opinion, a better builder. Early on I deconstructed houses that were 100 years […]

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Electrical Hacks for Your Home Eight months ago a woman hired me to be her virtual general contractor. She was about to start to rebuild a home in remote northern Maine at the south end of Moosehead Lake. She’s the boots-on-the-ground person and we communicate via email, video calls, and texting. Last week we started […]

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