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Building on Granite Bedrock - It's Hard and Expensive I live in central New Hampshire and its nickname is The Granite State. Trust me, they don't call it that for nothing! My own house sits directly on top of one of the enormous granite plutons that can be found beneath the forests and streams of […]

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Wait a minute! You're a new subscriber. No wonder you're sitting at the table with Christy, Ed, Caitlin, Juan, Janice, and a boatload of others who've become part of my AsktheBuilder family since last Sunday. Welcome! But you may have been here a while. Tell me, do you remember the video I recorded showing you […]

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Room Addition Plans - They Must Be Great This past week, I did quite a few telephone consult calls. One in particular stands out and I feel it should be of particular interest to you if you’re planning on building a new home, a large room addition, remodeling a kitchen, or even building a humble […]

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Original Joist Hanger - No Steel Involved What do you think was the original joist hanger? You might be surprised to know that the master carpenters of old figured out how to hang joist using no metal whatsoever. Watch and see:

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Klein Tool Stainless Steel 20oz Tumbler - My Favorite! I have tested so many stainless-steel tumblers that come to me as swag that I've lost count. I almost declined the request to test the Klein Tumbler because I couldn't believe you could improve on what I had seen. I was WRONG! What Do You Like […]

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How to Draw Plumbing Plans - It's Not Easy to Get Them Right You may want to know how to draw plumbing plans because: you need a plumbing permit you plan to install the pipes yourself your plumber needs the drawing and can't do it There are other reasons to draw plumbing plans, but those […]

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Weight of Rain | Bat Story Follow-up | Clean Wooden Spoons You're a new subscriber, aren't you? That explains why you're sitting next to Daphne, Dolly, Doug, Jenny, Marney, Betty, Ken, Shatasha, and a boatload of others that entered the room since last Sunday. Welcome! I think you're going to like the newsletter. But you, […]

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How Much Does Rain Weigh? - For 2 Inches Per Square Mile I like to do arithmetic problems the way I was taught in grade school. I still use a pencil and paper. The goal is to keep my brain sharp. It's one of the reasons I like doing Morse code too. My favorite pencils […]

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Tim Carter DIY Coaching - Phone or Video Call Do you need DIY coaching? Are you stuck with a: carpentry problem plumbing issue roof leak ceramic tile install or grout question repair conundrum bid comparison scenario ANY problem around your home or small business Ask the Builder founder Tim Carter will call you on the […]

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Are you going to be pouring a concrete sidewalk, driveway, patio or apron slab soon? Do you know you get ONE CHANCE to get it right? Is your contractor going to botch the job and your new concrete spall or develop ugly random cracks? How do you know it's going to be done right? Are […]

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